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Celtic comfortably see off Alashkert but defensive concerns for next round

By Reporter As reported by sundaypost.com Jozo Simunovic walks off the pitch after being red carded (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) Register for our free newsletter CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has some defensive concerns ahead of next week’s Champions League second-round qualifying clash against Rosenborg. Centre half Jozo Simunovic was sent off for a high challenge on Jefferson Reis after 11 minutes of the 3-0 win over Armenian side Alashkert at Parkhead on Wednesday night which took the Hoops through 6-0 on aggregate. A first-half double from striker Moussa Dembele, the second from the spot, and a strike from James Forrest set up the tie against the Norwegian outfit with the first leg at Parkhead next Wednesday night where Simunovic will be suspended. The Scottish champions are still missing key defenders Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig who have not yet returned from World Cup duty while German centre-half Marvin Compper is injured and unlikely to be fit for the first leg. Rodgers said: “Every pre-season there is always an issue with centre-halves. “Marvin was injured, it’s his abductor, so we’ll see how that is, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be available. “I don’t know (with Boyata) – I’ll need to assess that over the next few days.” Rodgers also hopes …read more

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‘Class’ – Celtic Midfielder Keeps Promise to Celtic Fan

By CeltsAreHere First published by celtsarehere.com Ryan Christie kept his word to the Celtic fan he accidentally ran into at the weekend by giving the fan his matchworn jersey. After the incident at the weekend, @ryanchristie2 spends time with the #Celtic fan after tonight’s match 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/juIMoEgIjw — Craig Foy (@CraigFoySNSPix) July 18, 2018 The player jumped over the barricade at pace and fell into the fan who was knocked over in his wheelchair during Celtic’s friendly with Standard Liege. Ryan put out the message on Saturday that he wanted to find the gentleman to apologise and give him a jersey and he kept his word after the Alashkert game. Geeat gesture by the player! View the original post here… The post ‘Class’ – Celtic Midfielder Keeps Promise to Celtic Fan appeared first on sportsdroid. …read more

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Brendan Rodgers content as 10-man Celtic cruise past Alashkert

By BreakingNews.ie As reported by breakingnews.ie Ten-man Celtic cruised into the Champions League second qualifying round as expected with a 3-0 win over Alashkert at Parkhead. The Hoops’ 3-0 win in Armenia last week made the return game something of a formality and a first-half double from striker Moussa Dembele — the second a penalty — and a strike from James Forrest, made their lead unassailable. Celtic will play Norwegian champions Rosenborg in the next round. “I’m really proud of the team,” said manager Brendan Rodgers. “We had the advantage coming into the game and we strengthened that, but it’s still a challenge to play that long with 10 men and the players coped with that very well.” Moussa Dembele scores Celtic’s first goal in last night’s Champions League first round qualifier at Celtic Park. Picture: PA In between the first two goals, defender Jozo Simunovic was shown a straight red card by referee Haratiu Fesnic for a high challenge on Jefferson Reis. But the home side remained dominant until the final whistle to go through 6-0 on aggregate and set up a meeting with Rosenborg in the next round, with the first game at Celtic Park next week. Rodgers started the same side which began in Armenia and unsurprisingly they …read more

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Neil Lennon tells Celtic skipper Scott Brown to butt out of John McGinn’s future

By Gordon Parks Neil Lennon has told Scott Brown to butt out of Celtic’s pursuit of John McGinn. The Hibs boss believes the Hoops skipper was wrong to talk up the merits of his close pal signing on with the champions which he insisted are both premature and unwelcome. Lennon spent Wednesday fielding questions over Brown’s remarks from the previous day which included heaping lavish praise of his former Scotland colleague and suggesting he would be his heir apparent for both club and country. Celtic have already had two bids kicked out by Hibs with £1.75million being offered earlier this week as Leith chiefs stand firm on their valuation of £4million. John McGinn takes in tonight’s game from the stand (Image: SNS) Read More Lennon is set to start McGinn in the Faroes on Thursday night against NSI Runavik as they look to build on a 6-1 Europa League first-round first-leg lead and the Irishman insists Brown’s bolted way too early by welcoming his star player to Parkhead. He said: “I think it’s a bit presumptuous from Scott. “I don’t know the context of the interview and the atmosphere of the interview, and …read more

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers relishing Rosenborg test despite defensive headache

By original author Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has played down speculation linking Kieran Tierney with Juventus. The Scotland internationalist was a target of Everton earlier this summer but Rodgers has dismissed the latest rumours linking the player away from Celtic. “I’ve nothing to say, he’s linked with everyone,” said Rodgers. Meanwhile, the Parkhead manager is looking forward to the forthcoming meeting with Rosenborg next Wednesday in Glasgow despite being hindered by a lack of defensive options. The Parkhead side beat Rosenborg 1-0 over two legs at the penultimate qualification stage of the qualifiers last season with James Forrest netting the only goal of the tie in Trondheim. The Norwegians needed a 93rd minute penalty to see off Icelandic side Valur and Rodgers is looking forward to a re-run of the qualifier. “They were two tight games the last time we played,” said Rodgers. “They got a penalty late on to get through [last night]. They’ll come here and be compact, like they were last year, and we have to be patient in that game and it’ll be a tough game out there. “But it’s a tie we look forward to. At this stage of the season whoever you get, with a big …read more

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers considering Dedryck Boyata recall for Rosenborg qualifier

By original author Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers could call on Dedryck Boyata as he seeks to supplement the Parkhead side’s backline ahead of next week’s UEFA Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg. Jozo Simunovic’s red-card has left Celtic facing another defensive crisis ahead of next Wednesday’s game against the Norwegian side. “With Boyata, I don’t know – I’ll need to asses that over the next few days,” said Rodgers. “It gives us a problem but that’s all it’s been for us. Every pre-season there is always an issue with centre-halves. “Marvin [Compper] has a problem with his abductor, so we’ll see how that is, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll be available. “With Mika [Lustig] it’s a possibility but we have to respect he’s been at the World Cup and played a long season, when he comes back he won’t be fit and it’ll take a couple of weeks to get up to speed.” And Rodgers is also sweating on the fitness of striker Moussa Dembele. The French forward netted twice last night as Celtic comfortably saw off Alashkert with a 6-0 aggregate victory but Dembele’s injury has caused some concern for the Celtic manager. Just after Odsonne Edouard had been replaced by Scott Sinclair, …read more

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Celtic player ratings: Alashkert (H)

By Daniel Emery Celtic cruised through to the next stage of Champions League qualifiers with a 3-0 win over Alashkert at Celtic Park on Wednesday. Moussa Dembele netted twice and James Forrest rounded off the scoring as Celtic secured a 6-0 aggregate victory over the Armenian outfit. It was a good run out for Brendan Rodgers’ side, but how did they perform on the night? Here are our Celtic player ratings from the 3-0 win over Alashkert tonight… The post Celtic player ratings: Alashkert (H) appeared first on Read Celtic. …read more

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