Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew says that critics should not be giving a hard time for manager Ronny Deila, who has struggled to get results in his first few months at the club. The Norwegian was appointed as the replacement for Neil Lennon in the summer. He promised vast improvements over the previous regime, which was one of the most successful in the clubs history. The appearance of the Champions League knockout stages is seen as one of the crowning achievements of Lennon during his spell at Celtic.
Celtic have undoubtedly been left disappointed with their poor run of form in recent weeks. A team that was comfortably expected to lead the Scottish Premier League from the start finds themselves in the fourth place after losing a number of matches and dropping points in others. This has led to a lot of speculation about manager Ronny Deila’s future at the club, which may be surprising for many given that he was appointed only a few months ago. However, the Norwegian manager says that he is keen on kickstarting the campaign after a 2-1 win over Aberdeen last weekend.
Alessandro Del Piero, the former Italy international, has hinted that he is interested in making a move to Celtic FC.
Piero played for the A-League club Sydney FC until the last season. At this point of time, he is a free agent. He is approaching 40 now, but, he is not willing to call it a day. He wants to keep playing at the professional level until his body supports him.
There were rumours of Piero being in touch with Celtic FC in the summer of 2012 as well, but, the deal had not got finalised between the two parties back then and the Italian forward ended up landing in Sydney.
Sevilla FC is interested in securing the services of the Celtic goalkeeper Virgil Van Dijk. The officials of the La Liga club are believed to be very impressed with the outing of the Dutchman, both in the Scottish Premiership as well as in the European Cup of late.
According to the reports, Sevilla is ready to spend an amount in the region of 5 million Pounds for Dijk.
Dijk had made his way to Celtic last summer. The Scottish top tier Champions had bought him from FC Groningen after paying 2.2 million Pounds as transfer fee.
Despite almost having no experience of Scottish football in his career, Celtic appointed 38-year-old Ronny Deila as their new manager. After taking over from Neil Lennon, the Norwegian has big boots to fill. However, he is confident that he will be able to live up to the high expectations at Celtic. In his first press conference, Deila revealed that he will now be looking to get the club to more success in the future. However, he does not plan to do so by spending money on new players. Instead, he wants to fine-tune the mentality of the existing players so as to take them to the next level.
Celtic lost the services of Gary Hooper in the summer after the striker joined Premier league outfit Norwich on a £5.2 million deal. However, the club has now been relegated to the championship. This has put his future in England on major doubt. Hooper has not been able to score the goals required to keep the club in the division. Now, they are understood to be looking at a buyer for the striker since his massive wages will be a major detrimental factor towards the club’s financial position in the Championship.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stated that striker Neil Griffiths should change his attitude and clean-up his thoughts if he wants to stay with Celtic for the future. Griffiths was recently involved in the Edinburgh derby in which the striker was caught on camera singing songs against Hearts.
This has caused a lot of controversy and it is ideally not what Celtic would have wanted towards the end of the campaign. The club has just sealed the league title for yet another year, while they are looking to build on the success for next season.
There were a lot of sceptics when Celtic managed to get Neil Griffiths from Wolverhampton Wanderers for around £ 800,000. The striker was viewed as a replacement for Gary Hooper, who was allowed to join Premier league outfit Norwich city in the summer. Hooper had been the main source of goals for Celtic in recent years.
Kris Commons is coming close to the end of his contract with Celtic, but manager Neil Lennon says that the 30-year-old will extend his spell at the club by committing to a new contract.
Commons has been a Celtic player since January 2011 when he moved to the club after signing a 3 1/2 year deal. Now that it is about to expire, the player has stated his intention is to remain at Celtic Park beyond this season. Commons was brought to the club for just £ 300,000 from Derby County. He has managed to get 21 goals in just 33 matches this campaign.
Georgios Samaras might be leaving Celtic FC soon. The Spanish club Atletico Madrid and the Turkish club Trabzonspor are in race to secure his services and he is believed to be making his way to either of these two clubs in a few days’ time.
Atletico had been in touch with Samaras’ agent since a long time and the two parties had almost reached an agreement, but, just a couple of days back, Trabzonspor has come with a luring offer which has forced the Greek player to think a bit.