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.

Celtic secure the permanent signing of Odsonne Edouard

Celtic have announced the signing of Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year contract. The 20-year-old impressed for the Hoops on a temporary basis last season with 11 goals in 29 appearances and he has now re-joined them on a permanent deal which has cost around a record fee of around £8m.
Speaking after the striker’s arrival, Rodgers said: “Odsonne is one of the best young players I have worked with and one of the best in Europe. Our fans saw exactly what he is capable of last season and we look forward to working with him again as we look to build on the tremendous success we achieved last year.”

Meanwhile, Odsonne himself was pleased about the transfer after witnessing the Hoops secure another domestic treble. The Frenchman had become a fan favourite during the second half of the previous campaign and he has now admitted that he was desperate to seal the move, he said: “I was desperate to make my move permanent. To see our fans so happy is the reason you play football and now we want to do everything we can to bring our great supporters even more success.”

James McClean Open to Celtic transfer

West Bromwich Albion attacker James McClean has issued a come-and-get-me plea in the aftermath of Scott Brown’s testimonial match. The game was played between the Republic of Ireland and Celtic to honour Brown’s decade-long stay with the Hoops and Mclean played an influential role for the former in a 2-2 draw.

Speaking after the game, the 29-year-old was asked about the possibility of joining Celtic, whom he has been a lifelong fan of and his reply was positive. He said:“That’s always been the dream. Unfortunately that’s not up to me. If it was up to me it would have happened a long time ago.Who knows? Fingers crossed. Maybe one day.”
McClean has been with West Bromwich Albion for the last three seasons but he is likely to pursue a fresh challenge this summer, considering the Baggies have been relegated to the Championship. Despite his inconsistency, McClean has always possessed the quality to star on his day and he would surely attract interest from several Premier League clubs owing to his experience.

Brendan Rodgers Admits Celtic Players Face Temptation

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes that it is almost impossible to find players nowadays who can commit their futures to a single club. Speaking in a press conference, Rodgers admitted that there is always the temptation of a player leaving his hometown club, should he be offered a substantial increase on his current wages.

Brendan Rodgers Slams Critics Of Celtic Captain Scott Brown

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has slammed the critics and opponents who are envious about the ability of club-captain Scott Brown. The Scotland international was the victim of a reckless red-card challenge from Ross County’s Andrew Davies last weekend, and this sparked a heated debate, considering Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove had been sent off for a similar incident involving the Parkhead midfielder.

Four Celtic players to watch at the World Cup

Celtic have enjoyed yet another hugely successful season in Scotland, rallying to a seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title under the guidance of Northern Irish boss Brendan Rodgers, the 49th crown in the club's illustrious history.

Meanwhile, the Hoops will also aim to secure a Scottish FA Cup triumph when they take on Motherwell at the famous Hampden Park in Glasgow on May 19th. That would see the Bhoys claim an impressive second successive cup coup under rejuvenated coach Rodgers as well.

Mark Warburton - Champions League Football Is Widening Gap Between Celtic And Rangers

Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton has urged the club’s supporters to keep their faith on Graeme Murty, as the Gers are still far off from reaching the heights of Celtic. Rangers have made decent moves in the transfer window over the past year, but they have not been able close to the gap on the Hoops, who have reached the Champions League qualification stage on a regular basis.

Speaking on the Premier League Daily, Warburton, who managed Rangers between 2015 and 2017, admitted that the Gers have a distinct financial gap to the Hoops owing to the latter’s prowess in the Champions League. Brendan Rodgers’ side have reached the group stage of the elite competition in each of the previous two seasons, and this has brought them financial rewards to stay aloft of their cross-town rivals.

Celtic lacked bravery in Europa League defeat - Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has said that the Hoops lacked bravery as they ousted by Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League round of 32. The Hoops had an invaluable 1-0 lead from the first-leg of the encounter, but they could not make most of their possession at the Krestovsky Stadium.


Speaking after the game, Rodgers was disappointed by Celtic's showing on the road, and indicated that familiar defensive failings were due to their lack of aggression from the back which saw Branislav Ivanovic, DalerKuzyaev, and AleksandrKokorin find the scoresheet.

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