Former Celtic man sacked by Russian club after just six months

Transfer windows are never easy, and especially not for a club of Celtic’s ilk. Choosing the right players is not easy, as the Hoops might have found out after signing Marvin Compper from RB Leipzig in the winter transfer window of 2018.

The Hoops shelled out a transfer fee of around £1 million to bring in the defender, who has a German international cap to his name. However, the results from the transfer were very disappointing, with Compper failing to make any short of impact at Celtic.

Therefore, Compper’s only appearance for Celtic came in the Hoops’ 3-0 victory in the Scottish Cup against Morton. Following the lack of game time for the Glasgow giants, he left in 2019. It was not long after that that he hung up his boots.

After retirement, he took over an assistant managerial job at MSV Duisburg, the club where he ended up calling it a day on his playing career. In 2021, he joined FC Lokomotiv Moscow as part of the staff to Markus Gisdol.

Former Celtic player sacked Russian club after just six months

However, with Gisdol vacating his managerial position, Compper was made the interim manager, a position that he held till the appointment of new manager Josef Zinnbauer earlier this year, while the former Celtic man was handed the role of an assistant.

Following a series of poor results, Compper has got the sack from the management of Lokomotiv Moscow. As reported by The Scottish Sun, the club stated:

“Marvin Compper is no longer employed as coach after unsatisfactory results.”

Compper had received a lot of criticism for remaining Russia amidst current conditions. That run has come to an end sooner than expected.

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Reo Hatate’s incredible reaction to Celtic red card revealed

Celtic did win on Saturday vs Motherwell but it was marred by a debatable red card for skipper Callum McGregor when trying to prevent a goal late on in the game. The situation over the sending off and the stray pass that led to it has been calmed by the way the team and Ange Postecoglou have dealt with it.

The Hoops should have been seeing the game out to close a 2-1 win over Motherwell. Sure it hadn’t been a brilliant performance and the Motherwell goal came from Josip Juranovic, but a win is a win and gets three points regardless.

So when Reo Hatate made a poor pass towards the end of the game allowing Ross Tierney through on goal, skipper McGregor brought that run to an end with a professional foul. Referee John Beaton issued a red card immediately and perhaps didn’t take the time to consider whether Stephen Welsh could have intervened meaning there wasn’t a clear chance on goal.

Hatate though was not happy at his howler and looked furious as the game ended with the Hoops playing through to a win after going down to ten men late on. The Japanese midfielder had had a very good match until that point and had scored a sensational winning goal in the second half.

Hatate’s incredible reaction to Celtic red card revealed

As reported by Football Scotland, Greg Taylor revealed that Hatate was very apologetic, something that nobody was expecting:

Reo was very apologetic, which he didn’t have to be because he’s the reason we won. He’s got high standards but nobody was expecting an apology.

“He has been outstanding thus far. He’s a top player and got the winner when the game was in the balance. I’m sure he’ll continue to progress into a real top player.”

Taylor was joined by Postecoglou, who reminded everyone that Hatate is still developing and has not been a professional for very long:

“He was good today. He was unlucky first half with his strike as well [that hit the post]. Reo’s developing well, he’s a player who has still got a hell of a lot of potential.

“I try to explain to people his background, like a lot of Japanese players he only came out of university at 22. He’s only really been a professional footballer for three-odd years.

“So, I kind of knew after the impact he had in his first year as a professional that if it was his baseline he was going to improve.”

It was a frustrating scenario at the end, it was a costly slip, though saved by McGregor from being worse. Privately it’ll be dealt with to learn and move on from. And in public it’s good to hear Taylor and Postecoglou supporting Hatate with great team spirit and togetherness.

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Celtic handed massive boost amid Ange Postecoglou to Wolves rumours

Celtic fans must already be getting used to Ange Postecoglou being linked with Premier League clubs. The initial rumours had broken out as Graham Potter left Brighton & Hove Albion to replace Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea. It was believed that the former Australian national team boss was on the shortlist of the Seagulls, but they ultimately went a different route.

Then Postecoglou was linked with a move to Leicester City, a club managed by former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers. Despite his FA Cup and Community Shield win with the Foxes, he finds himself in a difficult position right now, as they sit at the bottom of the Premier League table with just a point.

Now, Wolverhampton Wanderers are being linked with Postecoglou as well, as they showed Bruno Lage the exit door after a poor start to the season.

But as reported by The Telegraph (via The Scotsman), Postecoglou has been discussed as an option but Molineux bosses have doubts over being able to lure him away from Parkhead at this stage of the season.

Celtic handed massive Postecoglou to Wolves boost

Thus, it appears that Wolves already have doubts over their ability to lure Postecoglou away from Celtic, even before the rumours have really started off the ground.

It is safe to say that keeping Postecoglou at the club is very important for Celtic. There is zero doubt that he is a doubt manager. His success while continuing to play some very good football deserves the world of credit and he has earned it.

If he did leave for Wolves, it would mean that he would have to get them out of the relegation zone. On the other hand, he can compete for silverware and in the Champions League if he stays on at Celtic.

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Celtic: Another Premier League club want Ange Postecoglou

After the tremendous job that he has done at Celtic, Ange Postecoglou seems to be a name in demand amongst Premier League clubs. Under his management, the Hoops went from the team that had finished trophyless and 25 points behind the Rangers in the 2020/21 campaign to Premiership and League Cup champions in the following one.

It is not just his success that has caught the eye though, but the style of football that the team have played as well as the connection that he has been able to build with the Celtic fans. It is hard to imagine that anybody could have done a better job.

Of course, with success comes attention. Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City have been recently linked with Postecoglou. And now, another Premier League club seem to have their eyes on him.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have sacked Bruno Lage. And as reported by The Telegraph (via The Scotsman), the Celtic boss ‘has been discussed as an option’. Postecoglou seems to be among the names of potential replacements drawn up by Wolves.

Celtic boss drawing the interest of another Premier League club

Wolves are in a pretty bad position right now. They are in the relegation zone, sitting at 18th and they have actually played a game more than both teams beneath them in the table – Nottingham Forest and Leicester City.

Thus, it is safe to say that if Postecoglou did end up at Wolves, he would be a in battle to avoid relegation. And it is hard to imagine that he would be interested in that over managing Celtic in the Champions League and competing for titles domestically.

It is safe to say that the name of Postecoglou will continue to do the rounds of the rumour mill, every time a Premier League club sacks a manager this season.

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Celtic handed Cameron Carter-Vickers hope for RB Leipzig clash

Celtic managed to just past Motherwell by a 2-1 scoreline. Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate were on the scoreboard for the Hoops while an own goal from Josip Juranovic made it closer than it needed to be. Callum McGregor even had to take a red card for the team late on in the game so that they could hold onto the three points.

It does bring to an end a 3-game winless streak though and hopefully, it will open up the flood gates for Celtic. Their next test is set to be much tougher though, as they travel to Germany to take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

RB Leipzig have not had the greatest start to the campaign themselves but they did prepare for Celtic in style with a 4-0 win over VfL Bochum. Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku both scoed braces. Just for context though, their opponents are at the bottom of the Bundesliga table and have not won a game yet, drawn one and lost seven.

Celtic have been offered some hope that Cameron Carter-Vickers could be fit in time for the game against RB Leipzig, although chances still seem slim. As reported by The Scottish Sun, Ange Postecoglou said:

“Cameron got some treatment again and will get some on Sunday.

“We will see how he is Monday and Tuesday and make a decision.

“He is not far away but we have another 12 games in 40-odd days.

“So I am NOT going to put him in unless he is absolutely right because it would be silly of us to put him in and then lose him for another few games.

“Particularly with Carl Starfelt out for at least another couple of weeks.

“Cam’s pretty good. If he is ready to play he’ll put his hand up, I don’t need to question that.

“But we have got to make sure we make the right decision. We will give him every chance.”

Celtic handed Carter-Vickers hope heading into game against RB Leipzig

Carter-Vickers is arguably the most important part of this Celtic side and that has become clear in his absence.

Celtic need him back as soon as possible, because Carl Starfelt is out injured at the moment as well, and that is far from ideal.

The duo of Stephen Welsh and Moritz Jenz has not looked the most impressive and one can only wonder if they would be able to deal with the forwards of RB Leipzig or not. Let’s hope that Carter-Vickers is able to make his comeback in time for the game.

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Celtic fans will be delighted by Liel Abada’s comments

Liel Abada often does not get enough credit for the job that he has done since arriving at Celtic last summer. Early on in the 2021/22 campaign, he was the standout player for the Hoops despite the fact the he was still a teenager at that point and others around him were struggling during the first few months under the management of Ange Postecoglou.

According to stats from Transfermarkt, Abada has scored 21 goals and provided 12 assists in 65 appearances while playing 3760 minutes of football in total.

Many would argue that he does not get the playing time that he deserves and at 20 years of age, the future seems very bright for the Israeli international winger.

One of the biggest assets of Abada’s game is his ability to score goals from the wing. His numbers in that department are very impressive and are expected to get only better moving forward. In fact, he seems to be working particularly on his finishing and looking up to players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah. As reported by the Daily Record, he said:

“I’ve played as a winger all my career so far but I really work on my finishing at training – and after training too. I stay to work on crosses and finishes.

“I want to help this team win points in every game. Hopefully I can keep scoring to help my team-mates. I look at players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah, wingers who have taken scoring to a new level. I learn from them because they are the best in the world.”

Can Abada be a future starter for Celtic?

At this point of time, it would be hard to describe Abada as a starter for Celtic even though he is getting some decent playing time overall.

He is just 20 years of age though and has time to develop into that role. It would not be a surprise if players like Jota and Kyogo end up moving to one of the top five European leagues in the not too distant future.

And then someone like Abada could be a readymade replacement for them, instead of the club having to dip into the transfer market and hoping that they sign the right player. For now though, there are a lot of areas of his game that he needs to work on.

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Celtic and Rangers told to fight for Premiership star

Celtic and the Rangers are expected to fight it out for the Premiership title this season. It was looking like the Hoops were going to walk their way to the title after their dominant 4-0 win in the first Glasgow Derby of the campaign. But Ange Postecoglou’s side have not been the most convincing since then and their 2-0 defeat at the hands of St Mirren allowed Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men to cut the lead down to just two points.

We are still very early in the season and anything can happen over a long title race. There are a lot of variables like injuries, form, luck and others, which could play their part in determining the destination of the league trophy.

It is not just on the pitch that Celtic and the Rangers might find themselves in a contest though. The Glasgow rivals have been told that they should be fighting over the signature of Ryan Porteous as well, by none other than Kris Boyd.

Boyd wrote in his column in The Scottish Sun:

IF Rangers and Celtic are not already fighting it out for the signature of Ryan Porteous then they should be.

The Hibs defender is out of contract in the summer and he’ll be the perfect fit for either of the Old Firm, who need central defensive reinforcements.

Celtic and Rangers told to battle it out for the signature of the Premiership star

It is safe to say that Porteous is not the most popular figure amongst both sets of fans, and that is rare to be honest.

But the Hibernian star does have a bit of a reputation and has often been criticised for his lack of discipline.

At the same time though, one cannot question his talent. On several occasions, he has been the standout performer for Hibernian. And he was absolutely stunning recently in his international debut for Scotland, as they kept a clean sheet against Ukraine.

Porteous is out of contract at the end of the season. He is also just 23 years of age and as a result, a move for him might very well be a calculated risk.

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Celtic: Ange Postecoglou questions John Beaton decision

Celtic managed to get a hard fought win over Motherwell, although it was a game that they had made difficult for themselves more than the visitors. Kyogo Furuhashi had given the Hoops the lead in the first half but then an own goal from Josip Juranovic made it 1-1. Ultimately, the game was decided by a wonder strike from Reo Hatate, who certainly has a point to prove after not getting a single minute for Japan during the international break.

One of the major incidents on the day was also the red card that Callum McGregor picked up late on in the game. But ultimately, it helped the Hoops hang on to the win and the three points.

Ange Postecoglou did not seem particularly convinced that it was the right decision on the part of the referee, John Beaton, to send off the Celtic captain though as the manager felt that his side did have a covering defender.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Postecoglou said while speaking to BBC Sportsound after the game:

“It’s hard to say. From my angle I thought we had a covering player. The referee’s made that decision so we’ve just got to cop it.”

Celtic: Postecoglou questions Beaton’s decision to show McGregor a red card

It is hard to think of a Celtic game that Beaton has refereed where there was no controversial decision and this game was no exception either.

Ultimately though, Celtic should be happy that they managed to come out of it with a win and all three points.

The Hoops had not won in their previous three games though, having lost twice and drawn once, and thus, they needed this result. Otherwise they would have thrown away their 5-point lead in the space of two games. What McGregor’s red card will mean in the long-term remains to be seen.

As things stand, Celtic are still top of the table with a two point lead over the Rangers but are not looking nearly as convincing as they had been after the 4-0 win in the Glasgow Derby.

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RB Leipzig send clear message to Celtic before UCL clash

Celtic managed to scrape past Motherwell at Parkhead to get a 2-1 win. On another day, this could have been a one-sided game in favour of the Hoops but ultimately, it was a nervy contest, and Ange Postecoglou’s side should be happy that they managed to get out of the contest with all three points.

This midweek, things are expected to be much tougher, when they travel to Germany in order to take on RB Leipzig. The German side have not made a good start to the campaign but they have certainly improved since the appointment of Marco Rose as message.

And their recent performance against VfL Bochum was a statement of intent. Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku both scored braces, as RB Leipzig got a 4-0 win, thus, preparing for their upcoming Champions League clash with Celtic in style.

Thus, it is safe to say that Celtic will have to raise their game by a few times when they meet the German side in Europe’s elite competition. The performance that they put in against Motherwell will simply not cut it.

RB Leipzig send clear message to Celtic before Champions League game in Germany

Of course, it is easier said than done, telling Celtic to raise their games. At the end of the day, they have a lot of key players missing at the moment.

The biggest worry is their defence, with both first choice centre-backs, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt, out of action.

There is a small chance that Carter-Vickers could recover in time to face RB Leipzig. On the other hand, Starfelt is certain to miss the contest.

Giorgos Giakoumakis could be fit for the game though, which would come as a huge boost for the Hoops, who have been struggling in front of goal in a number of their recent games.

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Celtic: Fresh update on Cameron Carter-Vickers and Giorgos Giakoumakis

Injuries have been a major issue for Celtic during the time of Ange Postecoglou as manager. It was in the first half of the previous campaign that the problem was at its peak, as we saw players being played out of position consistently in order to make up the numbers. The squad strength simply was not there.

The squad depth is no longer the problem though, as Celtic have recruited impressively and with a purpose, over the past few transfer windows.

Yet, the injury problems have persisted, as a number of key players have picked up problems at the same time. While the depth means that the gaps have been filled, the team simply is not as good.

Two of the players missing right now are Cameron Carter-Vickers and Giorgos Giakoumakis. And Postecoglou had mixed news regarding the duo, heading into the match against RB Leipzig. As reported by the Daily Record, the Celtic manager told BBC Sportsound:

“We’ll see. Hopefully Giakoumakis should be OK, (based) on the reports I’ve had so far. Cameron Carter-Vickers, we’ll just see. He’s a day to day proposition.”

Celtic boss gives update on Carter-Vickers and Giakoumakis

It looks like Giakoumakis has a chance of making the squad in the game vs RB Leipzig. That is good news for sure as this team has been struggling for goals in the past few games. The Greek striker is someone who can definitely help solve that issue.

The bigger absence at the moment though is that of Carter-Vickers. Celtic just have not looked the same without his dominant presence at the back. With Carl Starfelt also out of action, the Hoops’ defence has looked pretty shaky, with the duo of Stephen Welsh and Moritz Jenz, not shining.

But chances of the American defender returning for the game against RB Leipzig do not seem to be great at the moment. At the same time though, Postecoglou is someone who often keeps his cards close to his chest, and the manager might have an ace up his sleeve against the German club.

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