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Graeme McGarry: Can Leigh Griffiths get stuttering Celtic firing on all cylinders again?

By original author IT used to be said that at the Old Firm, you were never more than a defeat away from a crisis. These days, it appears not even a win can shield you from such talk. After Celtic defeated Rosenborg on Thursday night, it would have been easy to forget that the Scottish champions actually won the game. All of the fallout in the aftermath of the Europa League opener centred upon Celtic’s lacklustre showing, the bluntness of their attack and the debate over who should spearhead it. The man who finally lent a cutting edge to proceedings, Leigh Griffiths, appeared in no doubt as to who – in his words – was number f*****g one. While it is important to recognise that this may very well indeed turn out to be a very handy three points in Celtic’s quest to qualify for the last 32, there was more than a hint of Griffiths’ late goal papering over some rather sizeable cracks in the overall showing from Brendan Rodgers‘ men. Suddenly, the formerly free-scoring Hoops are struggling to break teams down, and they came perilously close on Thursday night to recording their first back-to-back goalless draws since Tony Mowbray’s …read more

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Davie Hay: Filip Benkovic and Kieran Tierney shining lights for Celtic

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Celtic’s Filip Benkovic looks to make his name at Celtic this season

By original author Leigh Griffiths stole the show on Thursday night but Filip Benkovic was not far behind. The on-loan Celtic defender glided through the game offering every indication that he is worth the £13m that Leicester shelled out for him in August. With the path to the Foxes first-team blocked, Benkovic admitted that it was a no-brainer to get out and assure himself of first-team football elsewhere. That meant that just a fortnight after signing for the Premier League side, the defender completed a season long loan deal with Celtic. It quickly became apparent to the 21-year-old that he would not play regularly this season in England given the fact that Manchester United’s interest in Harry Maguire came to nothing in the face of the £75m pricetag put on the player by Leicester. And with Maguire ahead of him, Benkovic wanted to challenge himself elsewhere rather than take comfort on a bench. “I made the transfer to Leicester,” he said. “I saw their situation, there were a lot of defenders. Some players were £80 million. “I looked at the situation realistically. I wanted somewhere to have a better chance to play and to improve my game. “Only with games you can get better and better. So I …read more

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Brendan Rodgers admits Celtic’s recent slump could continue for the entire season

By Keith Jackson Brendan Rodgers has admitted Celtic are nowhere near the dizzying heights they have set for themselves over the past two years – and warned fans the slump might last for an entire season. The Hoops boss aired his growing concerns after the champions laboured to a 1-0 Europa League win over Rosenborg on Thursday night thanks to a late winner from sub Leigh Griffiths . The manager must now attempt to re-energise his players ahead of tomorrow’s perilous SPFL encounter on Kilmarnock ‘s plastic pitch. But Rodgers admits there has been an alarming lack of energy and dynamism about Celtic so far this season and fears it could continue to slow his team up as they push forward towards an eighth successive league crown. Brendan Rodgers introduces Leigh Griffiths Read More He said: “I don’t think we are anywhere near the level of our game. The win on Thursday was probably down to spirit and persistence. “I said last week at St Mirren, even with 10 men, we were dominant. But it’s just that final third. It’s a mixture of confidence and not being dynamic enough at times. We’re not being decisive enough in games. “Whilst we are …read more

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3 Replacements For Celtic Defensive Ace Rodgers Can Go For Including Liverpool Star

By thedroid as reported by the4thofficial.net. Craig Gordon was signed by Celtic when his career was going through a crisis as he was out with injuries and was without any club for close to two years after Sunderland released him. The move paid off for the Hoops as he has played a crucial role for the Glaswegian giants since joining the club in the 2014-15 season. The Scottish international has appeared in over 200 games for the Hoops and looks strong to go further. However, Rodgers cannot ignore the fact that he is 35 and there are certain chinks in his armour which is being showcased this season. His contract runs until 2020, and we believe in the next year or so, Rodgers needs to sign a long-term replacement for Gordon. Here are three goalkeepers the Hoops can go after. Freddie Woodman The 21-year-old Newcastle United goalkeeper has failed to break into the senior Magpies squad, but we feel the Bhoys should consider this young talent. There have been reports of the Hoops keeping track of him and it would be interesting to see whether Rodgers makes a move for him in January now that the English custodian is in the final year of …read more

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‘He’s the man’ – Popular pundit reacts to Celtic’s win, raves about key star

By thedroid Celtic picked up a last gasp win over Rosenborg in the Europa League last night. Despite failing to impress with their performance, the Scottish champions managed to pick up the all-important three points. Leigh Griffiths scored two minutes from time to secure the victory for the hosts. Popular pundit Chris Sutton has reacted to Celtic’s win in Europe on his twitter account. The former Celtic star has heaped praise on Griffiths for his defining contribution. Sutton tweeted: .@btsportfootball Must win… did win… it wasn’t pretty but a crucial victory for Celtic⚽️ Griffiths proving he’s the man👏👏 — Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) September 20, 2018 Celtic have been far from convincing with their performances this season and they will need to find a way to improve. The start to the league campaign has been mediocre by their standards and they crashed out of the Champions League as well. The departures of Armstrong and Dembele have weakened them this summer and it will be interesting to see whether they sign someone in January. The fans will be expecting much better performances from the side going forward and Rodgers needs to figure out a way. Steven Gerrard raves about Rangers …read more

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Three wins and Rangers will break a record Celtic have embarrassingly failed to achieve

By David Walton First published by rangersnews.uk Rangers are just three wins away from breaking Celtic’s embarrassing stat that they just can’t get over. Brendan Rodgers’ side haven’t won more than three league games in a row since the end of the 2016/17 campaign. It’s a ridiculous stat that Rangers managed to break twice last season. With the upcoming fixtures on the […] The post Three wins and Rangers will break a record Celtic have embarrassingly failed to achieve appeared first on Rangers News. The post Three wins and Rangers will break a record Celtic have embarrassingly failed to achieve appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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Boyata Gets 8.5, Tierney With 8 | Celtic Players Rated In Their Edgy Win Vs Rosenborg BK

By Pratyay Maitra Celtic’s less than impressive run saw them being eliminated from the Champions League qualifiers for the first time in Brendan Rodgers’ reign. But the champions of Scotland retained their European status making it to the group stages of UEFA Europa League contest where they have been drawn alongside Rosenborg, RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg. Celtic, meanwhile, knocked Rosenborg out from the Champions League second qualifying round but they failed to make any progress furthermore. The Norwegian outfit were beaten 3-1 last time but fought hard this term to salvage something from this problematic away tie. They, however, suffered a late heartbreak when substitute Leigh Griffiths headed home in closing minutes to clinch a scrappy victory after an overall underwhelming show at Parkhead. Below are the Celtic players rated in their narrow 1-0 win against Rosenborg BK. Craig Gordon: 7 Had a pretty quiet outing as the visitors failed to create enough threat high up the pitch and test the Hoops custodian. Mikael Lustig: 7.5 The Swedish international whipped in a few crosses from the right but his long balls lacked accuracy and failed to cause enough menace in the Rosenborg backline. Dedryck Boyata: 8.5 The Belgian was not busy throughout the game, but he was focused while …read more

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Celtic sweating over the fitness of key man ahead of Kilmarnock clash

By Luke Osman Celtic have been left to sweat over the condition of Kristoffer Ajer ahead of their fixture against Kilmarnock at the weekend. The central defender was forced to sit out of Celtic’s recent Europa League fixture against Rosenborg as he continues to recover from a virus. This did not deter the Hoops, however, as they ran out as 1-0 winners. Ajer, though, has not yet been passed fit for the clash against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. As reported by the Daily Record, the defender has been included in Celtic’s provisional squad for the match, however, his fitness is not yet certain. It’s claimed that the Norway international will face a late fitness test ahead of the Scottish Premiership fixture, with assessments to take place. Celtic are well-stocked with defensive options but will be keen to have Ajer fit and available as they look to bridge the five-point gap between them and Hearts at the top of the table. Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers does not have many injury concerns ahead of the fixture. He will, though, be without the suspended Olivier Ntcham following his dismissal against St Mirren. The post Ajer to be assessed ahead of Kilmarnock clash appeared first on Read Celtic. …read more

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Celtic sweating over the fitness of key man ahead of Kilmarnock clash

By admin First published by readceltic.com Celtic have been left to sweat over the condition of Kristoffer Ajer ahead of their fixture against Kilmarnock at the weekend. The central defender was forced to sit out of Celtic’s recent Europa League fixture against Rosenborg as he continues to recover from a virus. This did not deter the Hoops, however, as they ran out as 1-0 winners. Ajer, though, has not yet been passed fit for the clash against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. As reported by the Daily Record, the defender has been included in Celtic’s provisional squad for the match, however, his fitness is not yet certain. It’s claimed that the Norway international will face a late fitness test ahead of the Scottish Premiership fixture, with assessments to take place. Celtic are well-stocked with defensive options but will be keen to have Ajer fit and available as they look to bridge the five-point gap between them and Hearts at the top of the table. Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers does not have many injury concerns ahead of the fixture. He will, though, be without the suspended Olivier Ntcham following his dismissal against St Mirren. The post Ajer to be assessed ahead of Kilmarnock clash appeared first on <a target="_blank" …read more

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