Celtic legend surprise candidate to be next Aberdeen manager

Celtic have continued their march towards the league title with a 2-0 win over Dundee United at the weekend. Things are not going as smoothly for most clubs in the Premiership though, and there are many who are struggling at the moment. Aberdeen fall under that category for sure and have shown Jim Goodwin the exit door after a string of bad results.

They lost 5-0 at the hands of Hearts a little over a week ago before being knocked out of the Scottish Cup by lower league, Darvel. And that was followed by a 6-0 defeat vs Hibernian. It was clear that a change was needed.

Now, the club find themselves in search of their next manager. A number of names have cropped up in the race for the Pittodrie job. We have all heard the rumours surrounding Neil Lennon and Paul Lambert. But there is another Celtic legend who could be a potential candidate.

Several media outlets have speculated that Scott Brown is amongst the candidates to be the next Aberdeen manager.

Celtic legend surprise candidate to be next Aberdeen manager

Brown does not have a lot of managerial experience and is only taking his first steps in the hot seat this season, at League One side Fleetwood Town.

He has done a decent enough job though. While Fleetwood Town might not be in a great position in the League One table, they have impressed in the FA Cup and are still in the competition, having gotten a big win over QPR along the way.

Of course, it would be a major surprise if Aberdeen went for someone like Brown over much more experienced candidates. Stranger things have happened in football though. And Broony does already have a connection with the club, having played for them as a player-coach, before hanging up his boots.

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Celtic could try to sign player again after January failure

Celtic have been pretty successful when it comes to getting transfer deals over the line under the management of Ange Postecoglou. Even this month, they have made four signings in the form of Tomoki Iwata, Alistair Johnston, Yuki Kobayashi and Oh Hyeon-gyu, strengthening the squad further as a result.

One move that they were not able to pull off though was the one for Cho Gue-sung. Rumours suggested that Celtic had even submitted a transfer bid for him, but ultimately, he stayed on at Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and is expected to reconsider his situation in the summer.

Celtic have added a striker though, in the form of Oh. But on the other hand, Giorgos Giakoumakis is expected to complete an exit this month. Thus, could the Hoops rekindle their interest in Cho in the summer again?

As reported by GIVEMESPORT, Pete O’Rourke said about the entire situation:

“They’ve got Oh in, who looks a good player and a player that Ange Postecoglou rates highly as well. So Oh’s come in, it’ll probably pave the way for Giakoumakis to leave, but I’m sure Celtic might rekindle their interest in Cho come the summer, if they’re still in the market for forward reinforcements.”

Celtic could rekindle interest in the player after failing to sign him in January

Rumours have suggested that Cho wanted to move to Mainz and decided to stay on when that did not transpire. The Bundesliga side have gone on to add a striker to their ranks recently though, by signing Ludovic Ajorque.

When it comes to Celtic, they have two options up front right now. One is Kyogo, who has been in splendid form after the World Cup break. The other is Oh, who made his debut against Dundee United, much earlier than anybody could have expected.

If Oh does well and Kyogo stays on at Celtic, it is unlikely that they would try to sign Cho in the summer. But if the club do find themselves in need of another forward in the near future and the South Korean international is available, do not be surprised to see them make another move for him.

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Celtic boss jokes about Michael Beale’s claim again

Celtic continued their march towards a second straight league title with a win over Dundee United. Jota and Aaron Mooy found their names on the score sheet on the day, as the Hoops went home with a 2-0 win and all three points in the bag. The result means that they are still nine points ahead of the Rangers in the Premiership table.

There is no doubt that the Rangers’ results have improved since the appointment of Michael Beale as manager, but they simply have not been able to cut into Celtic’s lead, thanks to the incredible consistency that the Hoops have showed throughout the course of the season. Even when their performances have been up and down at times, they have found a way to win.

Beale recently commented about Celtic’s transfer signings under the management of Postecoglou and labelled the Australian manager as a “lucky man”.

Now, Postecoglou seems to have made a subtle joke about those comments, when talking about Mooy. As reported by the Daily Record, the Celtic manager said:

“He (Mooy) has been great since the break. I am the least surprised about that.

“It’s one of these things in football that it literally landed at my doorstep. I knew what I was getting. Maybe you can use that term: I’m a lucky man.”

Celtic boss jokes about Beale’s claim when talking about Mooy and the impact that he has made

It is safe to say that Mooy has been in top form after the World Cup break. In the game against Dundee United, he managed to assist Jota’s goal before getting one of his own as well from the spot kick.

Right now, he is one of Celtic’s best players without doubt, on form. And he seems to be only getting better with time.

Yes, it is very true that Mooy had not looked like he was match fit when he had arrived and took some time to build up his form as well. But at the moment, he is playing some incredible football and has established himself as a key player.

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Celtic boss declares VAR decision after controversy

Celtic vs Dundee United ended in a 2-0 win for the Hoops, as they maintained their nine-point lead at the top of the Premiership table and continued their march towards the Premiership title. Jota found the back of the net, while Aaron Mooy scored from the spot as well, to hand Ange Postecoglou’s side all three points.

The game came with its fair share of controversy as well. A penalty kick was overturned while another was awarded, and there was a possible red card that was missed as well.

Of course, it has become a common sight in Scottish football since the introduction of VAR earlier this season. The hope was that the system would help reduce the controversy surrounding refereeing decisions but instead, it has somehow managed to magnify them.

Postecoglou has spoken quite a lot about VAR in public in recent times. But now, it looks like the Celtic manager has decided against doing it moving forward and will only concentrate on things that are in his hands. As reported by The Herald, the Australian said to BBC Sportsound:

“I made a conscious decision a few weeks back not to, sort of…

“All I can do is control what my team does and the football we play. We’ve got to make sure we keep playing the football we are, and put the result beyond anything that can interfere with that. That’s what the lads were doing.”

Celtic boss declares his VAR decision after further controversy in game vs Dundee United

It is hard to think of a game in recent times in Scotland where there was not some controversy or another with the manner in which VAR was used.

The good thing is that Celtic have managed to rack up the wins despite the number of calls that have gone against them in recent times. But that cannot continue on forever. There needs to be a solution. And quickly as well.

There have been talks and several ideas floated, about how to improve the use of VAR in Scottish football moving forward although nothing concrete has been implemented yet. One can only hope that things get significantly better in the future.

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Criticised Celtic signing has proven to be a masterstroke

Arguably the biggest reason behind Celtic’s success under the management of Ange Postecoglou has been their recruitment. The Hoops have done a wonderful job in picking out the right players for this style of football and it has meant that they have proven to be successful much earlier than most people would have expected. After all, when the Australian arrived in the summer of 2021, they were coming off of a disastrous campaign.

Of course, there have been some moves which have not worked out, but mostly, there have been many more successes than failures over the past four transfer windows.

One decision that was criticised by many though, was the decision to bring in Aaron Mooy in the summer.

The Australian international had not featured a lot before that transfer, and was up there in age as well. So many viewed it as a move in the sideward direction instead of forward. It has not taken long for them to be proven wrong though.

Criticised Celtic signing has proven to be a masterstroke

Mooy did take some time to get up to match speed, as he did not look fully fit when he arrived at Parkhead.

But now that he seems to be in peak shape, he is performing at a very high level and it might be time to start considering him as a regular starter.

The match against Dundee United was a prime example of that. He set up Jota’s opener and then put the ball into the back of the net from the spot kick. His overall performance was very good as well and he is quickly becoming a fan favourite.

Of course, Mooy might not have been a glamourous addition to this side, but the move has certainly proven to be a masterstroke over the course of the ongoing season.

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‘Rest of my life’ – Josip Juranovic makes beautiful Celtic claim

Celtic have enjoyed a positive January transfer window but one major blow for them was seeing Josip Juranovic leaving the club. He had been a starter for Ange Postecoglou’s side since he arrived at Parkhead in the summer of 2021 from Legia Warsaw. And it is safe to say that he played a key part in the Hoops’ triumphs over the past 18 months.

Rumours had suggested though that he had failed to agree a contract extension with Celtic, and after a superb World Cup campaign as well, a Parkhead exit became inevitable.

Juranovic was linked with clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and several others in the January transfer window, but ultimately ended up joining Union Berlin, where he has enjoyed a great start.

While Juranovic might have remained at Celtic for only 18 months, he had become a fan favourite during that period of time. And it is pretty clear that he has fond memories of his time playing for the Hoops. As reported by The Herald, the Croatian international said:

“But leaving Celtic was very difficult for me. I met so many good people there, so many friends who will remain my friends for the rest of my life.

“Sometimes I wonder if I was only there for 18 months because that time flew by.

“Celtic is a world institution, such a big club, a club that the fans adore so much. I shudder when I think about the 60,000 fans at every home game.

“Those derbies against Rangers are a special experience and you immediately understand why it is one of the biggest games that exist in the football world.

“At Celtic, the players respected each other. In Scotland, the football was hard, but fair.

“Celtic is a special way of life and I will remember those 18 months for the rest of my life.”

Juranovic makes beautiful claim about his time as a Celtic player

It goes without saying that Celtic will have a tough time replacing someone as good as Juranovic. The club have signed Alistair Johnston recently though, and the Canadian international has looked very good in his first few appearances for the club.

On the other hand, while Union Berlin might not be one of the biggest names in Europe, they do seem to be making a Bundesliga challenge this season. They sit at 2nd in the table, just a point behind Bayern Munich at this point of time.

We can only wish Juranovic the best moving forward and wish he has all the success in the world at Union Berlin. While his time at Celtic Park might not have been the longest, it was certainly very impactful and he will be remembered by the fans for a long time to come.

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Sky Sports man offers late night Celtic transfer news

The ongoing January transfer window has been more exciting for Celtic than most fans would have seen coming. The club had made three early additions, before the month had even started, by getting deals over the line for Yuki Kobayashi, Tomoki Iwata and Alistair Johnston. And they were recently able to add Oh Hyeon-gyu to their ranks as well, after a chase for Cho Gue-sung seemed to lead absolutely nowhere.

On the other hand, there has been some excitement in terms of outgoings as well. Josip Juranovic had been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and AS Roma, but ultimately ended up joining Union Berlin. They do sit second in the Bundesliga table though, just a point behind Bayern Munich.

The Giorgos Giakoumakis exit saga has dragged on and on, with a different team looking like the favourites to sign him everyday. For the time being though, it seems to have come down to Urawa Red Diamonds of J League and Atlanta United of MLS.

Anthony Joseph has provided a late night update on the entire situation as he tweeted out:

Sky Sports man has provided late night Celtic transfer news

With how many twists and turns there already have been in the Giakoumakis exit saga, nothing should be taken for granted until an official announcement has been made regarding his transfer.

One thing that seems for certain is that Giakoumakis will leave Celtic Park before the January transfer window slams shut. Where he will be headed still remains unclear.

Earlier rumours did suggest that Giakoumakis preferred a move to Atlanta United. But the MLS side had initially wanted him on a loan deal with an option to buy.

Now that they have made submitted a bid for a permanent transfer, one would have to consider Atlanta United as the favourites to sign Giakoumakis.

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Celtic duo should leave before transfer window shuts

Celtic have done a great job when it comes to strengthening their squad further in the January transfer window. The club have signed four players this month in the form of Yuki Kobayashi, Tomoki Iwata, Alistair Johnston and Oh Hyeon-gyu. The possibility of making a further addition has not been completely ruled out either. But they must be very happy with the work that they have done till now and seem to have all bases covered in terms of roles and positions.

On the other hand, Josip Juranovic has sealed a move to Union Berlin, who seem to be challenging for the Bundesliga top spot. And Giorgos Giakoumakis looks set to head out of the Parkhead exit door this month as well.

But there are some other players though, who have not left the club, even though they do not have any real role in the team right now.

The two names which come to mind immediately in that regard are Yosuke Ideguchi and James McCarthy. Both of them have struggled to get on the pitch this season and leaving in this window might be the best step for all parties involved.

Celtic duo should leave before transfer window shuts

When Celtic brought in McCarthy in the summer of 2021, the hope was that he would be able to rediscover some of his best form and use his experience to contribute to the team.

On the other hand, Ideguchi seemed to be a signing that was made based on his potential and not on what he had been producing on the pitch in the immediate past.

It is safe to say that neither move has gone as the Hoops would have expected and it might be time to move on. That is easier said than done though, as it will be a difficult task finding them new clubs.

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Celtic-linked player rejects transfer move to England

Celtic have been linked with a long list of players in recent times and have gotten a good number of deals done as well. Moving forward, no further additions are expected at the club over the last few days of the January transfer window. Yet nothing has been ruled out completely either and will depend on the opportunities available.

On the other hand, Giorgos Giakoumakis is expected to complete a Parkhead exit and it looks like after a dramatic U-turn late on, Atlanta United are once again the favourites to sign him as rumours have suggested that the MLS side have had a transfer offer accepted by Celtic.

Of course, Giakoumakis leaving is not good news for Celtic. The club have signed Oh Hyeon-gyu, but this will be the South Korean striker’s first taste of European football. So could the Hoops try to bring in another striker before the January transfer window slams shut?

Celtic had been recently linked with a move for Kevin Nisbet of Hibernian, who has been in stunning form this season, since his return from a long-term injury. It had looked like he was destined to join Millwall though but things have taken an unexpected twist at the last minute.

Celtic-linked player rejects transfer move to England

As reported by the Daily Record, Nisbet has decided against the move to Millwall and a spokesperson for the striker’s representatives, Quanic Sports, said:

“Kevin has thought long and hard about this move but remains unsure about making it right now. He’d rather focus on Hibs for the time being.”

It is safe to say that Nisbet has been in top form since returning from his injury. But at the same time, there are question marks over whether he would be the right fit in Ange Postecoglou’s style of football or not.

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Fabrizio Romano confirms latest Celtic transfer twist

Celtic have had a very interesting January transfer window to say the least. Of course, they come out of the gates quickly and had deals in place for Yuki Kobayashi, Alistair Johnston and Tomoki Iwata in place before the month had even started. Then there was the entire saga surrounding Cho Gue-sung, which led nowhere. But the club were able to bring in a very highly-rated striker regardless, in the form of Oh Hyeon-gyu.

On the other end, we have seen Josip Juranovic complete a move to Union Berlin, who could put up an unlikely Bundesliga title challenge this season and are just one point behind Bayern Munich. Scott Robertson has moved to Fleetwood Town, who are currently being managed by Scott Brown.

But the most thrilling has perhaps been the transfer saga involving Giorgos Giakoumakis’ exit. The Greek striker looks certain to depart this month, but with just days left in the transfer window, it is still unclear where he will end up.

As tweeted out by Fabrizio Romano, Atlanta United are now trying to get a deal for Giakoumakis done ahead of Urawa Red Diamonds and a new $4.7 million proposal has been accepted by Celtic.

Fabrizio confirms latest Celtic transfer twist

It is safe to say that there have been more than enough twists and turns in the Giakoumakis transfer saga already.

Even up until a few hours ago, it had looked like he was destined to join Urawa Red Diamonds and Atlanta United had pulled out of the race to sign him.

But now, not only do Atlanta United seem to be back in the mix but it looks like they have had a transfer proposal accepted as well.

Earlier rumours had suggested that Giakoumakis preferred a move to the MLS, and thus, Atlanta United do feel like favourites to sign him now.

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