Five Celtic stars have been included in the Under-20 Scottish team to participate in the forthcoming Toulon Tournament this month with Brazil, Indonesia and Czech Republic set to participate.

Coach Scot Gemmill is the man to lead the youngsters to the summer event.

Aidan Nesbitt, Jamie McCart, Ross Doohan, Anthony Ralston and Joe Thompson are the Hoops stars named in the squad. Mikey Johnston missed the list as he is out injured. Scotland and Ireland are in a battle for the Scottish Premier League winner.

Kilmarnock players Greg Taylor, Adam Frizzell, Iain Wilson and Greg Kiltie were also named for the tournament. Rangers’ players Ross McCrorie and Ryan Hardie are also in. Continue reading


Jozo Simunovic insists he is fully concentrated on his future with Celtic after his deadline-day transfer to Italian side Torino fell through.

Prevalent reports claimed that the Croatia international that has been plagued by injury since he arrived at Celtic last summer failed a medical with the Italian Serie A club.

The 22-year-old has however taken to social media to shed light on the rumour and put the record straight, claiming lack of agreement between the two clubs over transfer terms scuttled the move.

Celtic was keen to have Simunovic offloaded to Italy on a permanent contract, but it is believed Torino was looking for an initial loan switch with the option of signing him on a permanent basis if he impresses.

Posting on his Twitter account, the former Dinamo Zagreb central defender said:

“A lot has been said in the last few days. I prefer to talk on the field but this time I want to say something to the Celtic fans that have always supported me, and as a player that means a lot to me. Continue reading


Ronny Deila has been linked with the Norwegian job as the squad go on a losing spree.

They were disgraced by Germany 3-0, and were defeated by Azerbaijan 1-0. Current manager of the national team Per-Matthias Hogmo is under intense pressure from all quarters with the loses in both World Cup qualifying games.

Former Celtic coach Ronny Deila is likely the replacement as the country seeks a change in fortunes ahead of Russia 2018. Norway is poised to face San Marino at home, and the game seems to be the major decider if Hogmo is to remain. Aside Deila, former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar and Stale Solbakken are among three possible replacements if Hogmo is fired.

Deila left the Scottish side after two difficult years at Parkhead. The former Hoops manager won the Premiership two times and also lifted a League Cup but due to lack of European success, he was dismissed. A semi final loss to Rangers in the Scottish Cup contributed to his dismissal as well. He is set to take charge of Norwegian club Valerenga in the New Year. Despite his experiences, there are many obstacles hindering him from the managerial role.
Denmark international coach Age Hareide backed Solbaken, a former Wolves boss, to get the job ahead of Deila.

“Stale Solbakken has done a fantastic job with FC Copenhagen. If he wants it, Norway should take him, definitely,” Continue reading

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