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 Posted: Jul 9 2018, 04:40 AM
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Scott Brown is facing a major Champions League fitness fight ahead of Celtic’s crucial qualifier in Armenia tomorrow night.

Brendan Rodgers’ inspirational captain jetted out with the squad for the first leg against Alashkert but is a serious doubt after sustaining a knee injury in Saturday’s 7-0 romp over Shamrock Rovers.

Injured Leigh Griffiths and Marvin Compper stayed behind in Scotland but such is Brown’s influence that the Hoops manager will give him every chance to make it.

But if his medical team tells him the 33-year-old could make the injury worse by playing – and with Celtic facing eight matches just to reach the group stages of the Champions League – he’ll be forced to sit out the first leg.

That would be a major blow but Callum McGregor believes Celtic can get through the gruelling qualifying campaign for the third straight year.

He said: “The boys have accepted the challenge. We need to get our heads down, get our fitness up and do as best as we can.”

McGregor admits Celtic know they will have to hang tough at times after surviving major scares against Beer Sheva and Astana in the last two seasons.

But on both occasions the Hoops managed to claim their place with the big boys and McGregor is convinced standing firm amid the strain can set them up for another crack this time around.

He said: “It’s important, getting more experience at that level and knowing how to see games out.

“That process you go through, its tough. You do have to hang on at times. It’s a hard part of the season when boys are still trying to find sharpness and fitness.

“If we get the team together, get the right shape and we work off each other, we’ve got a good chance.”

Rodgers admits Celtic have never had it so hard in qualifying – but has no doubts his men can come good again.

The boss said: “It’s clearly going to be more difficult this year. We know what we have to do. It’s the best club tournament in the world, so we want to be in it.”

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 Posted: Jul 21 2018, 01:07 AM
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Who Celtic could face in third round qualifying
Brendan Rodgers side will find out on Monday who they could meet if they can navigate their tie with Norwegian champions Rosenborg.

ByGraeme Young

Celtic's quest to reach the Champions League group stage was never going to be easy after UEFA's meddling to benefit the big leagues and the next round certainly offers some potential pitfalls.
Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be concentrating on the job at hand as they must defeat old foes Rosenborg in the second qualifying tie, before they can think about what lies in wait.

The arduous quest to reach the bright lights of European football's premier competition has never been a cakewalk but the danger level has been upped after the governing body increased the amount of teams from the top leagues who qualify automatically for the group stage.

The teams at this stage aren't dissimilar to ones they have faced in previous seasons but the added round brings more risk of things coming unstuck during such an early part of the season.
The teams the Premiership champions can face must also navigate their own ties, outwith AEK Athens who enter at the third round stage but are unseeded.
Celtic and Rosenborg will find out their potential opponents on Monday at 11am and the Hoops will host the Norwegians next Wednesday at Celtic Park in the first leg.

Record Sport Online looks at the teams Celtic could face next.
Bate Borisov or HJK Helsinki

Belarussian champions Bate have made a habit of reaching the Champions League proper but have slowed in recent years. They have qualified five times for the tournament proper but plateaued somewhat and suffered a shock exit after Dundalk dumped them out in 2015. Helsinki reached the group stage of the Europa League three years ago but usually come unstuck against better opposition. Borisov have the nous and experience but Celtic won't be overawed against facing either side. This would definitely be a preferred route.

Dinamo Zagreb or Hapoel Beer Sheva

If any tie illustrates how the big teams are making it difficult for sides from smaller nations to qualify then this is it. Dinamo may be perennial whipping boys in the group stage but facing a team like the Israelis at such an early stage is a slog for anyone. Beer Sheva gave Celtic all they could handle in the play-off tie a couple of years ago and would pose similar problems again. These are two sides who know their way around the block and the away leg against both would be played in searing heat. The Hoops wouldn't shed any tears if the winners here were avoided.

Shkendija or Sheriff Tiraspol

A tie with less glamour than some of the others. Macedonian champions Shkendija have won seven of their last eight knockout ties in Europe and only Milan have wiped the floor with them. The last team to see them off apart from the Serie A giants were Aberdeen in 2015. Sheriff are never far from the action and the Moldovans are packed to the brim with talent from Brazil and Croatia, not the worst places to find signings you must admit. This tie should be razor-close and would offer Celtic some fresh opponents, compared to the other potential ties. Don't bet against Shkendija emerging victorious.

Cluj or Malmo

Malmo have caused Celtic pain in the past
Romanians Cluj blazed a trail on European football and the boys from Transylvania famously defeated Manchester United at Old Trafford in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season. After a few quiet years, they have regained their domestic superiorly and are plotting another adventure on the continent. They'll have their work cut out against Malmo and the mere mention of the Swedes must stick in the craw of Celtic supporters. Ronny Deila's side were dumped from the play-off round in 2015, the last time Celtic failed to make the group stage. The Hoops faithful would love a shot at revenge.

Red Star Belgrade or Suduva

Perhaps the tie you feel most certain on calling the winner of. Belgrade will have designs on reaching the tournament proper and Suduva shouldn't have much to trouble them. The Lithuanians might be happy to avoid Celtic after a 10-1 aggregate battering in the first round of the UEFA Cup in the year Henrik Larsson and Co reached the Final in Seville. Red Star qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League last season but toiled against Spartaks Jurmala in the previous round and you would expect Rodgers' side to fancy their chances against the Serbians.

AEK Athens

It's crazy to think AEK Athens might not mean much to the younger football fan after the Greek side had been such a fixture on the European scene for many years. They reached the group stage of the Europa League last year and demonstrated a Teflon-like toughness as they remained undefeated in eight matches . They earned five draws and one win against Milan, Austria Vienna and former Aberdeen foes Rijeka. AEK were narrowly edged out by Dynamo Kiev in the last 32 on away goals. They start their quest energised after avoiding the previous two rounds of qualifying. Observers in their homeland enthuse about a young, technical side that is determined to give Greek football something to shout about.
The third qualifying round ties will take place next month. The first leg ties will be be on August 7,8 and the return the following week.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/footbal...-third-12947442

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 Posted: Jul 23 2018, 05:54 AM
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HIBS have rejected a THIRD bid from Celtic for John McGinn.

SunSport understands the Hoops came in with a £2million offer before the Hibees faced Runavik in Thursday’s Europa League return.

But Easter Road chiefs didn’t hesitate to say no after previous attempts to buy the Scotland midfielder at £1.5m and £1.75m. They value McGinn at £4m.

So far it’s believed Celtic have offered solely cash although Hibs boss Neil Lennon could yet be tempted if the likes of Parkhead fringe men Scott Allan and Ryan Christie are offered.
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/hibs-reject-third-offer

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I'd like to see Scott Allan back in a Hibs shirt. Good on Hibs sticking to their guns and rejecting any poor offer.
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I'd like to see Scott Allan back in a Hibs shirt. Good on Hibs sticking to their guns and rejecting any poor offer.

I like Scott Allan hasn't been given a chance at Celtic, although the squad is over loaded with midfielders​

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Celtic or Rosenberg will face AEK Athens in the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions league

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Celtic have agreed a deal in principle to sign Australian wonderkid Daniel Arzani.

Record Sport understands the 19-year-old - who has been attracting interest from clubs all over Europe after becoming the youngest player to appear at this summer’s World Cup - is set to leave Melbourne City to join parent club Manchester City for a cut-price fee.

And top-level discussions have already taken place to send Arzani straight out across the border on loan to Scotland’s champions.

The finer details of the complex agreement are still be to be fully ironed out but Celtic expect to shake hands on a long-term arrangement with Arzani which will see the youngster develop at Parkhead for at least the next two seasons.

Arzani is rated as one of the hottest young prospects ever to have come out of Australia and showed flashes of his potential during three cameo appearances from the subs bench at Russia 2018.

The teenager flew to London after the Aussies were eliminated from the group stage to begin talks over his future.

Italian big guns Roma were believed to be among a number of clubs chasing his signature but Arzani has opted instead to sign up with Pep Guardiola’s English champions - in the knowledge he will be farmed out immediately to pick up first-team experience elsewhere.

Dutch club PSV Eindhoven had hoped to offer him that opportunity but Celtic’s close working relationship with City appears to have taken Brendan Rodgers straight to the front of a very long queue.

Also, Arzani will team up in Glasgow with international team mate Tom Rogic whose own development has come on leaps and bounds since signing for Celtic from Central Coast Mariners at a similar age in 2013.

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Celtic take a 3-1 lead to Norway for the second leg next week

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Celtic take a 3-1 lead to Norway for the second leg next week


Fantastic result after being behind early on.

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QUOTE (Mick @ Jul 25 2018, 09:58 PM)
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Celtic take a 3-1 lead to Norway for the second leg next week


Fantastic result after being behind early on.

Yeah I fancy Celtic to at least score once in Norway

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 Posted: Jul 27 2018, 07:36 AM
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CELTIC FC have announced that legend Danny McGrain will unfurl the Scottish Premiership Flag on Saturday at Celtic Park take on the opening day of the League season.

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Everton are close to winning the £30million race to land Celtic’s highly rated left-back Kieran Tierney, rated as one of the best talents north of the border in many years.

Everton boss Marco Silva wants to add the Scotland international to his squad before the transfer window closes in two weeks.

Tierney who played a major role in helping Celtic win the Scottish treble for the second campaign in a row last season, has also been watched by Manchester United.

They are willing to give the Scot – who signed for the Hoops as a seven-year-old and is under contract until 2021 – a five-year-deal worth an initial £65,000 a week.

He has been voted both the Professional Footballers’ Association and Scottish Football Writers’ Association Young Player of the Year for the past three seasons.
https://www.express.co.uk/Tierney-Everton

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Celtic have dismissed speculation regarding Fulham’s interest in Kieran Tierney with the Parkhead side maintaining that they do not wish to sell any of their players before the closure of the transfer window.

The Scotland internationalist was the subject of interest from Everton earlier this summer and reports over the weekend suggested that Fulham were preparing to test Celtic’s resolve with a £25m offer for Tierney.

Meanwhile, Celtic will find out today what UEFA’s reason were for handing defender Jozo Simunovic an additional game ban on Friday afternoon.

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body made the decision to give the Croatian defender a two-match suspension for the red-card he received for his foul on Alashkert’s Brazilian forward Jefferson and Celtic have been left waiting on their reasons as to why over the weekend.

The governing body are expected to explain their decision to Celtic today and the Parkhead side will then decide whether or not to launch an appeal against the ban.

If they do opt to make their case then Simunovic, who has already served one game of the ban after sitting out the match against Rosenborg last Wednesday night, will be eligible to play in the second leg against the Norwegians this week.

Celtic hold a 3-1 advantage as they prepare to head to Trondheim but with Dedryck Boyata only due back at the club later this week after a prolonged holiday due to his World Cup campaign and Marvin Compper injured, Brendan Rodgers’ side continue to have defensive issues.

Mikael Lustig has trained for a week but this game is expected to come too soon for him.

Contract talks are expected to resume this week with Boyata’s representatives. The Belgian defender was in dialogue with the club over a new deal before he left for Russia but did not come to an agreement.

There has been interest in the player from elsewhere although Celtic will look to keep the 27-year-old.

Talks last night were still ongoing for Australian teenager Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at this summer’s World Cup. It is believed that a deal is close to being agreed as the 19-year-old moves from Melbourne City to Manchester City.

Celtic are confident of landing the player on a loan deal from City with talks ongoing as the Parkhead side look to get the deal over the line.

And, with the English transfer window closing on August 9th, it is unlikely that Celtic will return to Hibs with a higher bid for John McGinn. The club have had three offers for the Scotland internationalist rejected by the Easter Road side but with no concrete moves for the player coming from south of the border Celtic are liable to sit tight and see whether Hibs’ stance changes over the next few weeks.

With McGinn out of contract at the end of the season, Celtic would be able to get him on a pre-contract in January.
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/celtic-dismiss-fulham

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Celtic will not attempt to overturn Jozo Simunovic ’s European ban in case it backfires and rules him out of the next qualification showdown.

The Parkhead club were considering lodging an appeal with UEFA ahead of Thursday night’s crunch Champions League away leg at Rosenborg in order that the 23-year-old would be given the green light to return to the heart of Brendan Rodgers’ defence.

But Record Sport understands they decided against making such a move on Monday after receiving documents explaining exactly why the Croat was hit by an extended one-game suspension for the red card he received in the first round of qualifiers against Armenian champions Alashkert.

Celtic believe any attempt to clear Simunovic is highly likely to be booted out - and that the ban would then kick in when Rodgers and his players hope to be facing two knife-edge ties with AEK Athens for a place in the final round of play-offs.

A source said: “Having taken a close look at the decision by UEFA’s disciplinary panel to increase the original one-match suspension the feeling is it would be too big a gamble to appeal against it.

“The list of precedents show they are unlikely to have a change of heart so it makes more sense for the player to serve out this suspension now rather than be ruled out of the next tie, be that against AEK in the Champions League or Cork in the Europa League.”

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said the club were fully aware his focus lies with on-pitch matters as the Scottish champions look to add "quality" to their squad.

The Hoops take on Rosenborg on Wednesday evening as they look to hold on to their 3-1 advantage from the first leg of the Champions League second round qualifier.

A move for Australian playmaker Daniel Arzani was thought to be close to completion at the end of last week, while Celtic have had three bids rejected for Hibs midfielder John McGinn.

However, speaking ahead of the Trondheim fixture, Rodgers said he isn't aware of any imminent arrivals in Glasgow's east end.

Asked if any signings were close, Rodgers said: "Not that I'm aware, the club are fully aware that my focus has been very much with the squad of players because that is essentially what we have to work with.

"However, I believe the club are working very hard to try and get the right level of quality in, that's what we're after.

"It's not easy, we don't want to be stockpiling players at Celtic, we need to bring in players that are going to help the squad.

"They do need help but it has to be the right level of quality and there's a lot of work going on behind-the-scenes to bring that quality in."

The Northern Irishman insisted there has been no change to how the Hoops go about their business in the transfer market, adding that the coaching staff continue to hold responsibility over identifying targets.

"Nothing, no, it's exactly the same as when I walked in," said Rodgers.

"We'll identify firstly the players that fit the profile of the club, and how we play.

"Once we've found the player, it's over to the club to try and do a deal to bring the player in.

"It's a simple as that, there's no confusion or change."

Defender Dedryck Boyata and winger James Forrest are two of Celtic's key players entering the final twelve months of their current Parkhead deals.

Rodgers said talks are ongoing with Boyata over extended his stay, but that the ball was firmly in the Belgian's court.

He said: "I had a long chat with him yesterday, he's in a good place and we want to keep him for as long as we can, that's important

"Whether he decides he wants to move on after this year then that'll be up to him and his representatives.

"But my priority is getting him fit and back Into the team again because he's a top class player and for however long he's at Celtic we just want to keep him working and give him the best."

Rodgers praised Forrest's contribution since he took over at Parkhead and said the Scotland star still has his best years ahead of him.

On Forrest, he added: "In terms of James, he's clearly a player we'd love to keep. He's been outstanding in my time here, not just in games but in training too.

"You can see how much he wants to improve and I think his best years are still ahead of him so I'm sure the club will be working with James representatives to tie him down to a longer deal."
https://stv.tv/rodgers-celtic-working-hard

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