Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says there is “no embarrassment” in their loss in the first leg of their game with Gibraltar part timers Lincoln Red Imps.

The game which is the first competitive one for the former Reds boss ended in a 1-0 shock defeat but the manager is staying clam even as fans rumble. The goal came from police officer Lee Casciaro in the Tuesday encounter. The goal made the record for the worst defeat for Celtic and throws they under pressure for the return leg when they meet at Celtic Park.

The Imps surprisingly had a fireman, a customs officer and a taxi driver so the fans were angry that such combinations could still defeat a professional side that lifted the Scottish League in the last campaign. Rodgers said he wasn’t shocked as these things happen in football at the time. He asked that the players, fans and supporters of the club remain calm but that they would need to put up a performance at the return leg if they are to play in the Champions League.

Celtic is set to welcome their opponents, the champions of Gibraltar when they visit Glasgow next week Wednesday for the second leg of the second qualifying round. Continue reading


Celtic Football Club have appointed an assistant for also newly appointed boss in Brendan Rodgers.

The appointed assistant manager to Rodgers is Chris Davies. Davies has worked alongside Rodgers at Swansea and Liverpool and will start his new role at Parkhead on June 1 after leaving his current position as first-team coach at Reading.

The 31-year-old only joined the Royals coaching staff in January but the lure of the Scottish champions and linking up with Rodgers again has proved too strong for him.

Rodgers told the club’s official website:

 “I am delighted to bring Chris to Celtic, he is a magnificent coach and someone I know will make a hugely positive contribution to the club.

“He is ready and prepared for the challenge at Celtic and I know that Chris, like myself, can’t wait to get going next season.

“He has worked with me previously, he is someone I know and trust and he will be a great addition to my team and to the club.”  Continue reading

Celtic struggle to get a draw against Ross County

Celtic, who are currently 9 points clear of Aberdeen, need only one win to secure the title, but they could not find a way to score a second goal against Ross County.

Leigh Griffiths opened the score for Celtic in the 23rd minute from long range. The striker was allowed to run at the defence as the Ross County defenders back off. He tried his luck from long range and gave the lead the Celtic.

Celtic will get an occasion to score another goal when Tom Rogic received an excellent pass from Patrick Roberts. But Rogic managed to miss the target with only the goalkeeper to beat.

After that, it was the turn of Ross County to miss a glorious opportunity, but Boyce could not beat Gordon.

The match was played in a subdued atmosphere where the fans were more interested in campaigning against the board and the players. As such the game struggle to reach any sort of heights and Ross County gradually grew in confidence.

The visitors will get their reward in the 64th minute when Murdoch managed to score an excellent goal to put them level. Continue reading

Celtic fans unhappy with Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole faced some harsh critics by his own fans following his performance in a Mark Noble’s testimonial. Although the game was meant to be a friendly one, fans did not really appreciate the way Carlton Cole played in the match.

This reaction can be explained by the fact that Cole has yet to show any sort of brilliance for the Celtic team and that fans have become quite fed up with his performance. This can signify the end of the relationship between Carlton Cole and Celtic and he might even be tempted to move away during the summer.

His last game for Celtic came on 19th January when the Scottish side beat Hamilton 8-1. Celtic fans took to Twitter where they criticized Cole for his poor form as well as his lack of ability on the pitch.

Cole joined Celtic in 2015 and has so far made five appearances for the Scottish club. He stated that he joined Celtic in order to have more playing time and also because he wanted to win trophies. He belies that Celtic are in an excellent position to be successful and that he wanted to contribute to this success. He was previously at West Ham where he managed more than 290 appearances for the London team. He scored 68 goals in the process where he was quite a favorite player.

With the kind of criticism that the English player has received on Twitter, the chances are that he will not stay for long at Celtic. Continue reading

Dedryck Boyata signs for Celtic on a 4 year long contract

DedryckBoyata is a 24 year old defender who has been signed by Celtic FC on a 4 year long contract as the Scottish offloaded €1.5 million in order to secure his services. Boyata was a former player of Manchester City as he joined the Premier League club back in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2010 when he managed to make his senior debut.

Despite making his senior debut in 2010 and having stayed with the English club for over 2 years, he never truly managed to secure a regular starting role in Manchester City and was ultimately sold to the Scottish side Celtic FC.

After making his official arrival to Celtic FC, Boyata stated that one of the reasons of why he decided to make a move to the Scottish outfit was to be able to play in the Champions League and prove how good he is at the big stage.

“Celtic is a team that wins titles so I am here to win titles and get qualified for the Champions League. The Champions League is really important for any player. In the last couple of years when City was in the Champions League I never had the chance to go on the pitch. I was getting as far as the bench. So, for me, it is really important to play in the Champions League because for any player it is the way to show the big world on TV how good you are. Continue reading

Ronny Deila has started to establish himself as a top manager in the Scottish league

After some doubts early on in the campaign, manager Ronny Deila has started to establish himself as a top manager in the Scottish league. The Celtic boss has now overseen an incredible run of form to establish a five point advantage in the league table.

Further, the club has also lifted its first silverware of the season by beating Dundee United in the League Cup final. Celtic then went on to beat the same opponents once again in the Scottish cup to reach the semifinals. They are now in a position to win at least three major trophies this campaign.

One of the major reasons for this being a reality is that Celtic have an incredible squad strength.Deila praised the strength in depth in his squad, which has allowed him to make changes constantly throughout the season. Without the help of a good squad,Deila would not have been able to maintain results in three different competitions. Celtic’s major disappointment this season, though, would be in the Europa League after the team failed to beat Inter Milan in the first knockout stages. On a positive note, exit from the European competition now provides them with the opportunity to end the season with three major titles. Continue reading

Celtic positive after Win over Hamilton Academy

After losing to friendlies during the winter break, Celtic returned to league action with a positive 2-0 win over Hamilton Academy. After this victory, manager Ronny Deila revealed his ambitions to take the club back to the top of the table.

The victory moved Celtic to within two points of table leaders Aberdeen, although they have two more games in hand. This could potentially see Celtic back as the table leaders in the next few months. Deila has been criticised heavily during the first half of his regime, but the Norwegian is now close to winning over the entire section of supporters.

Should the transfer window break the squad by taking a couple of key names to the Premier league,Deila will have to work extremely hard in order to get them back to full strength. Continue reading