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Young Hoops defeated by Motherwell at Lennoxtown

By ianj SPFL Development League Lennoxtown Training Centre Monday, April 23, 2018 CELTIC…0 MOTHERWELL…2(Hastie 3, 66) TEN-MAN Celtic were defeated 2-0 by Motherwell in the Development League today at Lennoxtown, with a brace from Jake Hastie doing the damage for the visitors. Hastie gave the Steelmen an early lead with an accurate finish after cutting in from the right, and the same player sealed the spoils for the Lanarkshire outfit in the 66th minute after Ross Doohan had saved David Turnbull’s shot. To compound the disappointment for Tommy McIntyre’s team, Kieran Campbell was given his marching orders late in the game for a second bookable offence. There were three changes to the team that drew with Ross County last week. Ross Doohan was restored between the sticks in place of Reece Willison, while Leo Mazis and Kieran Campbell came in for Kerr McInroy and Ewan Henderson as the Celts lined up in a 3-4-3 formation. However, within three minutes they found themselves behind as Motherwell midfielder Jake Hastie, drove into the box, danced beyond one challenge and finished into the far corner. Liam Brown threatened again for the visitors with a couple of efforts, before Thomas Caffrey had the first effort on goal for the Bhoys after a smart turn in the …read more

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Rangers eye £55k-a-week star, but surely Celtic are better positioned to sign him

By Will Butcher Rangers are reportedly interested in luring Crystal Palace midfielder McArthur to Ibrox. The Daily Mail claim Rangers are looking to land Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur on a free transfer ahead of the summer transfer window, but surely Celtic are in a better position to land the Scotland international. The 30-year-old powerhouse is in the final months of his contract – which the Daily Star claim is worth a huge £55,000 a week – a wage way that eclipses the pay packets of Rangers’ highest earners. But the three-year deal he signed in July 2015 is coming to an end, and the former Hamilton midfielder is now reportedly wanted at Ibrox ahead of the 2018-19 season. McArthur, who moved to Wigan in 2010 from Hamilton, has been in decent form for relegation-threatened Palace, scoring five goals in 32 league and cup encounters. But if McArthur demands anything like his current wage, a move to Ibrox will be near-impossible. Instead, a move to Old Firm rivals Celtic would seem much more affordable with the Hoops set to land a huge Champions League payment. The Scottish Sun claim Celtic are set to receive £26.7million in total from this season’s campaign …read more

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Fitness issues of Celtic star set to dominate run-up v Rangers – conflicting reports already

By John Reid First published by footballinsider247.com COMMENT There is little doubt that Moussa Dembele was missed by Celtic in their 2-1 loss to Hibernian on Saturday. The Frenchman, who missed the game due to injury, is the subject of conflicting reports about the severity of his injury and if he will recover in time to face Rangers in a potential title party for the Hoops on Sunday. The Daily Record is reporting that he 100% will be fit for the game, while the Scottish Sun is slightly more cautious in their outlook, claiming that the 21-year-old faces a ‘race against time’ to be fit for the game. If Dembele was to miss the game, it would be a big blow for Brendan Rodgers, as the player has been in excellent form in recent weeks, and has given Rangers plenty of problems in the two recent games against the Ibrox side. Whilst the Hoops do have other strikers, none of them are as good as Dembele. Odsonne Edouard may have scored the winning goal at Ibrox last month – after a pass from Dembele – and Leigh Griffiths is a very consistent striker but the duo lack the all-round game the Frenchman has. If Dembele is out the Hoops …read more

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Renew online for the chance to win your 2018/19 Season Ticket

By ianj Renew your Season Ticket online today and you could be in with the chance to WIN your seat for the 2018/19 season ahead! Simply renew your seat online at celticseasontickets.co.uk before 5pm on Friday, May 11 and you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to get your 2018/19 Season Ticket completely FREE! (T&Cs apply). Rosaline McLaughlin was the lucky supporter who won her seat in the North Stand for 2017/18 – click HERE to read her story. The dedication and commitment of every generation of the Celtic Family is what makes this club so special, and it will be even more special for one lucky winner when they get to soak up every minute of the magic here at Paradise next season, completely free of charge! Simply visit celticseasontickets.co.uk now to renew online and be in with the chance to win, it really is that easy! 2018/19 Season Tickets are priced from £481 for adults, from £345 for over 65s and, for the 10th season in a row, from just £50 for kids. The deadline for Season Ticket holders to renew for 2018/19 is 5pm on Friday, May 11. Not an existing Season Ticket holder? Places in Paradise for next season are in high demand! CLICK …read more

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New Celtic kit leaked online hours before launch

By Ryan Darby The new Celtic kit has appeared online with Sports Direct seemingly ‘leaking’ the strip. The new kit is due to be launched this evening before hitting the shops in the middle of May, but fans have been given a sneak preview online. Sports Direct jumped the gun by making the kit available online, but it has since been removed and is no longer available for the time being. The new strip is set to hit the shelves on May 18, the day of the Scottish Cup Final. The new kit is not too dissimilar to the current one with just a few minor changes. The new kit includes some green lining around the neck, compared to the white of the current one. There is also a strip of white running down the inside of the shoulder, rather than the famous hoops running all around the arm. There are no changes in terms of sponsorship with Dafabet and New Balance remaining on the front of the shirt, just in different colours. The post New Celtic kit leaked online just hours before launch appeared first on Read Celtic. …read more

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Rodgers to meet international boss to discuss player’s gametime

By Ashley Colbourn Costa Rica manager Oscar Ramirez will this week travel to Scotland to meet Brendan Rodgers in a bid to get Christian Gamboa some more playing time. The Evening Times report that Ramirez will visit Celtic’s training ground on Thursday to have a discussion with both Rodgers and Gamboa. The trip is one of several European clubs the 53 year old will visit in the near future as he continues preparations for the World Cup this summer. Gamboa has only made one Celtic appearance since October, when he was part of the side that lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the Allianz Arena. However, he remains a key part of the Costa Rica squad, and played 75 minutes as they overcame Scotland at Hampden Park earlier this campaign. Mikael Lustig has been a regular at right-back for the Hoops this season, whilst Jack Hendry has also made a number of appearances there. Gamboa joined Celtic from West Bromwich Albion in 2016, but has been limited to 19 first team appearances for the club. He has over 60 caps for his country. The post Costa Rica boss to meet Brendan Rodgers over Gamboa game time appeared first on <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" …read more

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Celtic star says Rodgers has changed his career forever

By Adefunmiloye Alani Kristoffer Ajer arrived at Celtic as a midfielder but is now making his name as a centre-back. Celtic are one win away from becoming the Scottish Premiership champions for the seventh time in a row and, while boss Brendan Rodgers‘ tactics and managerial expertise have played a significant part in the Hoops‘ unrivalled domestic dominance, the Northern Irishman’s ability to improve players deserves to be equally heralded. The Hoops breakout star of the campaign is 20-year-old Denmark international centre-back Kristoffer Ajer, and he owes his swift rise to Rodgers. The youngster arrived at Parkhead two summers ago from IK Start and, after spending the latter half of last season on loan at Kilmarnock, Ajer returned to Celtic last summer, and has since established himself as a first-team regular. The Dane has played 20 league games this term, and that has been solely possible due to a change in his playing position. Ajer is beginning to blossom into a fine defender, despite playing in midfield all his career before …read more

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‘He’s going’: BBC pundit makes a claim about £5m Rangers and Celtic target

By Shane Callaghan Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic and Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers have been linked with John McGinn in the past. Tam McManus has said on Twitter he is “100%” sure that Celtic and Rangers target John McGinn will be leaving Easter Road this summer. The Hibernian midfielder has had a brilliant season under Neil Lennon and has attracted interest from Celtic and Rangers. Lennon has previously slapped a £5 million price-tag on the 23-year-old, which might rule out the Gers but their Old Firm rivals have the resources to make a deal happen. McGinn was brilliant against Celtic again this past weekend and although he does not know where he’ll end up, McManus, who spent eight years at Hibs, is certain that the Scotland international will leave. Not sure depends on who is in for him don’t think Hibs take any less than that. They still have to give a big chunk to St Mirren too. He will go though 100%. — Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) April 22, 2018 Celtic or Rangers? Leaving finances aside for a moment, Brendan Rodgers has the greater need for somebody of McGinn’s ilk. He has long been slated as a long-term successor for …read more

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Celtic star set to return for Glasgow Derby

By Ashley Colbourn Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is set to return to the squad for Sunday’s potential title-winning clash against Rangers on Sunday. The Daily Record report that the 21-year-old is expected to recover from the injury that kept him out of Saturday’s defeat to Hibernian in time to face the Hoop’s biggest rivals. The loss to Hibs, who are managed by former Celts boss Neil Lennon, meant Celtic missed the chance to secure their seventh successive SPFL title. Dembele has 15 goals in 34 games this season, including a dinked penalty as Celtic beat Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final just eight days ago. His record against the Gers since his 2016 move from Fulham has been nothing but impressive, finding the net seven times in eight games against the light blues. Celtic only need a point to secure the title this weekend, but their fans will be hoping for a lot more against their old firm rivals. The post Dembele set to return for Glasgow Derby appeared first on Read Celtic. …read more

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£15k-a-week Celtic star delivers honest verdict on former manager

By Will Butcher Celtic icon Lennon has guided Hibernian into fourth, just three points behind second. Celtic winger James Forrest has told the club’s official website that Hibernian manager Neil Lennon is doing an excellent job at Easter Road, after Hibs beat the Hoops 2-1 on Saturday. Forrest, 26, played 70 minutes of Celtic’s 2-1 loss to Hibs as Neil Lennon’s side kept pace with Aberdeen and Rangers, who beat Kilmarnock and Hearts respectively. Hibs only gained promotion to the Scottish Premiership last season and although they lost players like Jason Cummings and Kris Commons, they have still managed to shine back in the top tier of Scottish football. Forrest believes much of that is down to the work of his former manager Lennon, who has made Hibs a fearsome outfit when it comes to travelling to Easter Park with 17 wins from 34 league games this term. “Hibs have given us a hard game every time we have played them this season. We have never run away with it. Even in the League Cup semi-final, it was tight,” Forrest said about Lennon’s Hibernian. “They have been very good this season and credit to them in their first season back up. It’s …read more

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