BBC Sport pundit says Celtic should revive interest in Scott McKenna

BBC Sport pundit Tam McManus has said that Celtic should retain their interest in Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna after failing with an approach during the summer transfer window. The Hoops were on the trail of the 22-year-old at the beginning of the season but a deal never materialised after Aberdeen slapped a £10m price tag on the defender’s head.

However, McManus has now revealed that the Hoops could land the centre-back for just half the value this month, although Aberdeen could have other plans on mind, he tweeted: “£5million for Scott McKenna would be a steal and a great bit of business for Celtic. Crying out for that type of centre-half for a while. I do think though if Aberdeen hold out until the summer someone in England would definitely pay more for him he’s perfectly suited to the English game.”

Brendan Rodgers has no excuses after Old Firm derby defeat

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed that his team should have no excuses after they suffered their first Old Firm defeat to Rangers in nearly seven years. The Hoops had come into the game with a 12-match unbeaten run against their Glasgow rivals but they could not sustain the run after Ryan Jack netted the sole goal for Steven Gerrard’s side in the 30th minute.

Speaking after the game, Rodgers indicated that Rangers deserved to win the game after his team struggled to create chances with many players appearing off-key with the performances on the playing field, he said: “Rangers deserved to win. We didn’t play well. We made too many unforced mistakes. We had to make a couple of changes early on, which interrupts a wee bit what we want to do later on. But I’ve no real excuses. We’ve got players missing but on the day Rangers were better than us - 13th time unlucky, unfortunately. We just didn’t have a good game. You have to be humble when you win but also honest when you lose and the honest answer is they were better than us today.”

Gerrard: Remember the level after Celtic triumph

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has told his team to ‘remember the level’ after they got the better of Celtic after 13 matches.

The Glasgow outfit had suffered disappointing results at the hands of their Old Firm rivals over the past seven years but they managed to end the streak with a 1-0 triumph after Ryan Jack found the scoresheet in the 30th minute.

Brendan Rodgers confirms Dedryck Boyata could leave Celtic in January

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Dedryck Boyata could part ways with the club when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year. The Belgium international has just eight months left on his existing deal with the Hoops and so far, he has shown no interest in extending his stay with the Scottish champions.

Amidst this, he has been regularly tipped for a return to the Premier League with Fulham among the leading candidates and Rodgers has acknowledged that the Hoops could part ways with the Belgian at the start of 2019, he said: “He's at the stage where he will assess everything and he is probably going to sign the biggest deal of his life over the next couple of months.”

Ryan Christie pens fresh contract extension with Celtic

Ryan Christie has penned a new long-term contract to keep him at Celtic until the summer of 2022. The 23-year-old started the ongoing campaign as a regular on the substitutes’ bench but an injury to Leigh Griffiths has enabled him to command a starting role starting after the previous international break.

During this period, he has contributed three goals and one assist in five appearances and the latter of those came during the Europa League game against RB Leipzig where he contributed towards Odsonne Edouard’s winner. As such, he has managed to extend his contract beyond the current campaign and speaking about the extension, he said:“I’ve started playing a little bit more, getting into the team and starting to make an impact.

No Complaints about Defeat against Salzburg, Claims Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers claims that his Celtic team were not at their races in the recent game against Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League. Salzburg were able to claim a 3-1 victory in the match as they fully capitalised on Celtic being reduced to 10 men following the red card for James Forrest. Even though Odsonne Edouard had provided Celtic with an advantage after his second minute goal, the home team were able to gain control of the game just after half-time. The team scored three times in the space of 20 minutes in order to get a 3-1 lead. As a result, Celtic’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League may have taken an early blow.

After the game, Rogers said that he could not have any complaints about the defeat since Celtic were second-best throughout the game. He pointed out to the incredible work they put in by Salzburg even when Celtic were reduced to 10 men when playing away from home. The Austrian champions were able to reach the semifinals of the Europa League last season and they possess an incredibly rich squad, which was apparent from the manner of their win. Salzburg were keen to capitalise on home advantage since other opponents in the group happen to be quite tough.

Brendan Rodgers believes Celtic are regressing this season

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has highlighted that the club are showing signs of regression and they may not be able to replicate the showing from the previous two campaigns. Under the management of Rodgers, Celtic have secured every domestic title up for grabs over the past couple of years but the team have not made the best of starts this term.

As such, Rodgers believes the Hoops could expect a tough season ahead with their attacking department in particular not playing to the best of their abilities, 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.

Brendan Rodgers keen on keeping hold of Dedryck Boyata

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he was pleased with how Dedryck Boyata reacted to the negative reception from the club’s faithful. The Belgian came for stick after faking an injury to miss the Champions League tie versus AEK Athens which the Hoops lost and thereafter, there were protests from the supporters to exclude him from first-team duty.

Amidst this, Rodgers made the surprise decision to start Boyata for the league game versus Hamilton and the centre-back managed to prove his worth with a 63rd-minute winner. Speaking about the same, Rodgers said: “Obviously I would have preferred a different reaction but I am not going to criticise the supporters.

Brendan Rodgers remains optimistic over Moussa Dembele’s injury

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that Moussa Dembele’s leg injury is only a minor one after he was forced to be substituted during the second half of the 3-0 win over Alashkert. The Frenchman netted a brace within the opening 20 minutes of the game and this ensured that the Hoops enjoyed a comfortable night despite Jozo Simunovic being sent off in just the 11th minute for a high-footed challenge.

Speaking after the match, Rodgers revealed that Dembele had felt some tightness behind his legs but he remains hopeful that the concern is not a major one, he said: “He was tight at the back of his legs so we will need to assess that tomorrow and in the next couple of days. He is as fit as he has been since I've been here at this stage of the season so hope it was just a tightness and he will be okay.”

Cruzeiro president updates on future of Celtic target

Cruzeiro president Wagner Pires has dropped an update on the future of midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta amid the ongoing speculation linking him with Celtic. The 24-year-old featured in two games for Uruguay during the recent World Cup in Russia and his stock now appears to have risen with the Hoops holding a genuine interest in his services.

Speaking to reporters, Wagner admitted that the club may consider sanctioning the exit of Arrascaeta considering the club are only ‘average’ in terms of their financial stability. Nevertheless, he clarified that there has not been any approach for the Uruguay international and everything for now could be considered as speculation.

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