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.
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.
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 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.
Celtic legend Davie Hay believes his former should wait until the summer at the least before discussing a permanent deal for Odsonne Edouard. The 19-year-old joined the Hoops on a year-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, and he was initially tipped to play second fiddle to the likes of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths.
However, things have turned out differently for the young Frenchman, and he has been a regular in Brendan Rodgers' side since netting a hat-trick in the Hoops' visit to Motherwell in December. With both Dembele and Griffiths linked with potential moves overseas, the talk of signing of Edouard on a permanent basis has intensified and it is suggested that the club could pay up a record £7 million fee this month, as per The Mail.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers feels club-captain Scott Brown could be associated with the Hoops even after he calls quits on his professional career. The former Liverpool boss has backed the 32-year-old to follow in the footsteps of Neil Lennon and become a future head coach at Parkhead.
Brown will chalk up a landmark against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night as he will have served 10 years with the Scottish champions. The veteran is also expected to mark his 68th outing in the Champions League in midweek, and this will match Kenny Dalglish's all-time appearance record for a Scottish player in the elite competition.
Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk feels his former Celtic teammate Kieran Tierney should be in no rush to leave Glasgow following impressive progress in recent seasons. The 20-year-old reached another milestone earlier this week as he was awarded the Scotland armband in the 1-0 friendly loss to Van Dijk's Netherlands.
Aside from his international exploits, Tierney is also closing in on his 100th appearance for his boyhood club with whom he signed a fresh six-year deal last month. Speaking to reporters, Van Dijk was delighted by the progress of the young left-back, who made his debut when the Dutchman was still at Park Head.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers have hailed the abilities of defender Kieran Tierney, and insists that the youngster does not know how good he is.
The 20-year-old left-back has become an influential player for club and country following his remarkable rise since making his first-team in 2015.
In an exclusive interview with TalkSPORT, Rodgers spoke about the qualities of his young full-back, who is attracting plenty of transfer interest, he said: "Kieran has real qualities and determination. He is one of those old school boys who just works hard every day in training. He doesn’t know how good he actually is – which is really nice. He has no ego. He is a huge Celtic fan and if he had scored at the weekend I don’t know what Kieran would have done! He had a shot at goal and I wouldn’t like to see him score against Rangers if he was on a booking that’s for sure!"
Celtic are set to take the fight to Bayern Munich at their home – the Allianz Arena. The game is slated for Wednesday October 18, and it would be the first time Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes oversees a UEFA Champions League game since lifting the title in 2013 with the German club.
Heynckes ended his Bayern coaching career on an excellent note years back when he did the treble. He won the Champions League for Bayern and helped form a stable side that Pep Guardiola inherited. The Spaniard would go on to spend three successful years before exiting. Guardiola did not have as much success as his previous club Barcelona, however, the Catalan manager won the league the three years and helped the club to the Champions League semifinals three straight times.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is content with his side's transfer business for the summer.
The Hoops made five signings during the recently concluded transfer window, and Rodgers is delighted to have added more quality to his squad. The Scottish treble-winners pursued the services of French striker Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day, and he became the Hoops' fifth and final acquisition of the summer transfer window.