Scottish Premiership champs Celtic are clear to feature in the UEFA Champions League playoff after seeing off Rosenborg in the third round of the qualifiers.

James Forrest’s 69th minute strike was enough to hand Brendan Rodgers men the advantage.

The first half of the second leg at Rosenborg was rather slow but the visitors created more chances. After the break, Rosenborg pressurized their guests. Celtic managed the pressure, getting the goal from the right in the 69th minute. Their rivals made last minute push but they could not get the equalizer.

Celtic would square up against Astana, Rijeka, Qarabag and either of Hapoel Beer Sheva or Slavia Prague in the next round. The Scottish side is expected to qualify from the playoff. They defeated the Israeli side Hapoel and Kazakh club Astana last year. Rijeka and Qarabag should be defeated as well. Continue reading

Kouassi happy to be at Celtic

New Celtic signing EboueKouassi said that he is glad to have signed for Celtic and believes he has made the right decision.

He stated that Celtic is the best club for a young player to developed and that he is determined to succeed in Scotland.

The player joined Celtic from Russian side Krasnodar for a fee of around 3 million pounds.

EboueKouassi said that he is highly focus on his career and he wants to take the chance to progress. He believes that playing in Scotland and at a big club such as Celtic will give him the opportunity to become better.

He said that he is not worried by the competition at Celtic as he is more focused on his development at the moment. Indeed there is no shortage of midfielders in the current Celtic squad, and EboueKouassi may have a hard time in getting playing time initially. 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

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

Pressure is building around Celtic’s Ronny Deila

Celtic FC is currently positioned at the top of the Scottish Premiership League but even though they are leading the way and are on their way of securing their 5th successive domestic league title, things aren’t all great for the manager of the squad, Ronny Deila who is being rumored on getting sacked if negative results arrive within the next few weeks or months.

Ronny Deila and his men have only suffered 2 losses in their opening 20 league matches which is an impressive record but even though there has only been a few slip ups, it has been enough for the rumors to emerge claiming that Deila might be on his way out of Celtic but this is mainly due to their early exit from the Europa League.

The domestic league run of Celtic FC is so far going impressively and they are the favorites of defending their Scottish Premiership title but things didn’t go so well for them in the UEFA Europa League as they were knocked out after having sustained consecutive defeats against Molde and Ajax and eventually drawing with Fenerbahce in their last Europa League match which resulted with the Scottish champions being unable to make it past the group stages.

Celtic FC is a club that has consistently been able to compete in the Champions League and even though they might not be at the same level as Europe’s biggest clubs, the Scottish outfit still show their worth in the prestigious competition and having sustained such an early exit from the UEFA Europa League is a huge surprise and it’s a disappointing thing to see as their fans watched Celtic struggle in the Europa League as they failed to win a single match and finish at the bottom of Group A with 3 points. 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

Celtic vs Inter Milan

A few days ago the UEFA Europa League as well as the Champions League draw was completed and Celtic was pitted to play against the Italian side Inter Milan in a match that Ronny Deila believes to be the biggest name and biggest club that Celtic could have faced in a competition.

The UEFA Europa League matches are scheduled to take place on February of 2015 with the first leg taking place at Celtic Park on February 19 meanwhile the 2nd leg kicks off on February 26 in San Siro.

“Two big teams will be coming together and hopefully there will be a full stadium at Celtic Park that can push the team forward”, Deila said at a press conference.

The last time that Celtic and Inter Milan faced each other in a European competition was way back in 1972 when both teams locked horns in a European Cup semi-final.

Celtic’s Ronny Deila praised Inter Milan as he told the media: “They are a very good team. They have brought Mancini in and they will improve like hopefully we are at the moment.Italian football is very tactical and they are very good at defending and you can see that in Mancini’s teams.”

Celtic is currently located at the top of the Scottish Premiership League as the team is going through a fine form in their domestic league meanwhile Inter Milan is struggling as they are sitting in the middle section of Serie A and it would be impressive for the Italian side to just secure a European League spot that can allow them to compete in the Europa League of the next season even if they are not able on winning it in the current campaign.

Chelsea Football Club- A True Giant Of English Football

Report by Pushpitha Wijesinghe

A football club with an illustrious qualifications dating again several decades, Chelsea Football Club is a single of the most well-known sports activities clubs in the globe, thanks to the fantastic performances the team has gifted their enthusiasts over the years. Established in the early 1900s, this mega football club is 1 of the greatest teams featured in the English Premier League. Most often than not you will discover Chelsea FC’s name firmly placed at between the top rated four teams at the best of the table, along with related substantial profile teams the likes of Arsenal FC, Manchester United and Liverpool.Chelsea FC is even acknowledged as a powerful force on the international stage, taking up the challenge of coming encounter to experience with worthy opponents these as AS Roma, FC Barcelona, True Madrid, AC Milan, Celtic, FC Bayern and Werder Bremen in numerous European tournaments. The club has won a staggering number of trophies and titles about the years to solidify its spot on the worldwide football arena. Acknowledged as “The Blues” by millions of followers across the entire world, Chelsea FC has managed to contract a multitude of famous gamers the two neighborhood and foreign by shelling out millions of lbs. Below the leadership of its existing owner, wealthy Russian businessman, Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC has been capable to expand its horizons in terms of their spending budget and sigh up players these kinds of as Didier Drogba from the Ivory Coast and Petr Cech from the Czech Republic. Nonetheless, it was not by likelihood that Chelsea FC made a name for itself as a football club. Fairly it was with the aid of a handful of great personalities these as Roy Bentley, Steve Clarke, Marcel De Sailly, Kerry Dixon, Ron Harris, Pat Nevin, Dennis Clever, Gianluca Vialli, Frank Lampard and John Terry to title a number of. Guests to Stamford Bridge, London will have the possibility of taking a guided tour of the stadium to find out about the greatest achievements of the club and its historical past.If you’re on the lookout for London hotel accommodation in the heart of the metropolis, reserve your remain at Millennium and Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea Football Club and take pleasure in a holiday complete of nice recollections. Catering to every require of the contemporary day traveler, this charming rest presents a range of helpful services along with exceptional hotel accommodation in London to its guest.

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Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an seasoned independent freelance writer. He specializes in delivering a extensive variety of material and articles relevant to the journey hospitality industry.

Football fever: a guide to the five best British derbies

Post by Daniel Collins

Former football supervisor and Liverpool legend Bill Shankly famously explained that football is not a make a difference of life and death, it’s more important than that. These sentiments ring correct for millions across the planet, with a lot of people subsequent the stunning game with unparalleled spirit and enthusiasm.Given that the English Football Association (FA) was formed in the 1860s, football has gone from strength to strength across the UK and, in fact, the rest of the globe. Additionally, the sport is now considered the most watched sport in the globe. The passion and fervency of football fans is possibly greatest demonstrated in the classic derby match. A sporting fixture that sees too nearby rivals – normally clubs of roughly the exact same size and subsequent – play in opposition to every single other. While most of the leading football derbies get location south of the border in England, a lot of would argue that the final football contest is in fact in between Rangers and Celtic – and it’s simple to see why this specific fixture may just be top rated of the derby tree. Acknowledged collectively as the ‘Old Firm’, Rangers and Celtic’s rivalry extends properly past that of sport, with religion and politics frequently introduced into the fray, with each club’s origins based mostly on Northern Irish Protestantism and the Republic of Ireland’s Catholicism.The first Outdated Agency match was held in 1888 and was attended by over sixty thousand folks, which makes for an amazing environment.Of program, the English Premier League is what numerous individuals watch as the leading league in the globe, and the league has more than its honest share of fiery derby battles.The Merseyside derby is the longest running current best-flight derby in England and it was first contested in 1894. Liverpool and Everton are two of the league’s biggest clubs in terms of attendance and the match is often a wonderful spectacle with the two sets of fans usually in very good voice.Roughly thirty miles east of Liverpool is Manchester, residence to yet another wonderful English derby match. First contested in 1881, Manchester United vs. Manchester Metropolis has often been a exceptional match from a fan’s and a neutral’s standpoint, and the environment is nothing brief of electric. Moving more south to the money, the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is especially feisty, with matches between these two teams never ever short of incident, action and a total whole lot of noise.There are a great number of other notable derbies across the UK, but it’s possibly well worth giving a particular point out to the Edinburgh derby match in between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian. The first match in between these two teams took place in 1875, generating it one of the oldest and longest operating derby matches in the entire world. Attendance at the matches is only restricted by the size of their respective stadiums, but needless to say up to seventeen thousand enthusiasts fill Tynecastle and Easter Road stadiums 4 instances a season to shout, cheer and sing their teams to victory. Offered the relative modest size of the UK, it is achievable to catch any of the traditional derby matches on a day journey. All you require to do is book train tickets&lta/&gt and match tickets and get ready to be blown away by a contest you’re certain to bear in mind for a lengthy time

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Daniel Collins writes on a number of subjects on behalf of a digital advertising and marketing company and a variety of customers. As these, this write-up is to be regarded as a expert piece with business interests in head.