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Celtic should target Real Madrid winger this summer

With Champions League football returning to Celtic Park after years next season, the club should be eager to make an impression in the competition. Thus, do not be surprised to see the Hoops being active in the summer transfer window. While there is no need for a rebuild, like there was last summer, Ange Postecoglou could certainly do with a bit of strengthening of his squad.

One of the areas where he might need to bring someone in is on the wings, even if the club are able to sign Jota on a permanent basis from Benfica.

James Forrest, who was recently handed a new 3-year deal, has not been able to make much of an impact for a while now, struggling with fitness and form. On the other hand, Mikey Johnston does not seem to have a long-term future at Parkhead while Karamoko Dembele appears to be headed out as well.

Thus, Celtic do need to bring in a winger this summer and one players that they should target is Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo.

Why the Real Madrid winger could be a good signing for Celtic

Kubo has been one of the most highly-rated young players in Spain for a long time now but just has not been able to break through and have a splendid season, only showing glimpses of his quality here and there.

He is currently on loan at Mallorca and has had spells at clubs like Getafe and Villarreal as well. While his current deal with Real Madrid is believed to run till the summer of 2024, one would expect that he would be available on loan this summer as well.

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Celtic star responds to Crystal Palace transfer rumours

Celtic have done a wonderful job this season of getting back on track after what was a disastrous 2020/21 campaign, that saw them finish 25 points behind the Rangers and without a single piece of silverware as well. This time around, they have managed to win the Premiership as well as the Scottish League Cup, in Ange Postecoglou’s first season as manager of the club.

Thus, it is safe to say that the future looks bright for the Hoops, who have already booked their place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League, as a result of winning the league.

One would expect Celtic to strengthen their squad further over the course of the summer as they return to Europe’s elite competition after years and must be eager to make an impression. But, could their be players heading in the opposite direction in the near future.

One man who has been linked with a move away in recent times is Liel Abada, who has enjoyed a very promising debut campaign at Celtic. When asked about the rumours linking him with a move to Crystal Palace, the 20-year-old told Ynet (via HITC):

“I’m only dealing with Celtic right now.

“I’m good here. I love the players, the crowd and the team. I get a sense of home and all my focus is here. In the future? I cannot know what will happen and it’s not right to talk about it.”

Celtic star comments on transfer rumours linking him with a move to Crystal Palace

Abada has enjoyed a very promising debut campaign with Celtic, especially considering the fact that he is just 20 years of age.

According to stats from Transfermarkt, he scored 15 goals and provided 11 assists in 54 appearances across all competitions for Celtic.

Thus, while some questions have been raised about the youngster recently, nobody can question the effect that he can make on a game of football. As a result, the Hoops must be keen on holding on to Abada for the foreseeable future.

Crystal Palace have already signed one of Celtic’s best players in the form of Odsonne Edouard last summer. Could they look to repeat the trick next summer?

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Patrick Roberts makes brilliant admission about Celtic

It has been a long time since Patrick Roberts left Celtic, after a two-and-a-half year loan spell at the club from Manchester City. But every time the transfer window opens, the club find themselves being linked with a move for him, despite the fact that he has struggled for form badly since departing Parkhead back in 2018.

Roberts has been at several clubs since then, but never managed to find the kind of form that he showed early on in his career while on loan at Celtic. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he scored 18 goals and provided 26 assists in 78 appearances for the Hoops across all competitions.

Currently playing for Sunderland, he is hoping to help in their quest to win promotion back to the Championship. They are in the League One Play-offs final, where they will be taking on Wycombe Wanderers.

While speaking to The Athletic, Roberts admitted that his time at Celtic was one of the best of his career and that he will always support the club:

“I was young when I first went there, 18, 19.

“I hadn’t played much at City so I was looking to get out to play somewhere. I didn’t really know what to expect at Celtic and I didn’t play for the first couple of months. I played reserve games and stuff, then got an opportunity and ended up scoring about six goals and winning the league.

“Then they changed managers and Brendan Rodgers came in. He was great, helped me a lot, played me a lot, tried to improve my game. I really felt I belonged somewhere and with a manager who takes care of his players, not just me. He wanted to improve us, not just for Celtic, but in general. I felt that.

“Celtic is one of the best times of my career, playing every week for a big club, winning trophies, playing in big games. For a kid, it was an amazing opportunity and I felt at home at Celtic. I’ll always support Celtic, I’ll always have a connection. I was there two and a half years but that will last a lifetime. I hope I can do something here that’s as important.”

Roberts makes brilliant admission about his time at Celtic

Back during his time at Celtic, it had looked like Roberts was destined for footballing superstardom. Even at such a young age, he managed to make a mark in the first-team for the Hoops, something that is not easy to do by any stretch of the imagination.

Ultimately though, it did not work out for him at Manchester City, or out on loan at several other clubs over the following years. It was only earlier in 2022 that he would finally leave Pep Guardiola’s side on a permanent basis and join Sunderland on a short-term deal.

Roberts has had a decent but not spectacular time at the Stadium of Light till now. It remains to be seen what the future holds for him but it is unlikely that he will be making a return to Celtic anytime soon.

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Celtic handed major boost by latest news from Japan

With the arrival of Ange Postecoglou as Celtic manager, a lot of the club’s focus has shifted towards Japanese players. The former Australian national team boss was at Yokohama F. Marinos before his move to Glasgow. As a result, he clearly has an advantage when it comes to identifying players from there, and the Hoops have signed Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi.

Kyogo has been incredible for Celtic and the only problem with him have been his injuries. Maeda has established himself as a first-team regular as well. Hatate made a sensational start but has appeared to fade away a lot late in the season. Ideguchi is the only one that has not made much of a contribution till now but one will expect big things next season, especially with Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton leaving opening up space in the team.

The most interesting of the three has been the case of Hatate, who looked flawless in his first several games for the club after arriving in January, even putting in an all-time great Glasgow Derby debut performance in the 3-0 win over the Rangers at Parkhead. But as the season progressed, he appeared to be struggling with fatigue and his performances took a major dip.

In that regard, Celtic have been handed a major boost. Hatate has not been included in the Japanese national team squad for the upcoming Kirin Cup, as reported by JFA. Kyogo and Maeda have made the list.

Celtic handed major boost by the announcement of the Japan national team squad

Being left out of the Japan national team squad must come as a disappointment for Hatate, but at the same time, he does need some rest.

It is understandable why he looked tired towards the end of the season. He had played an entire season in Japan before moving straight to Celtic in January. On top of that, the intensity of the Scottish game and the fixture congestion must have been a new experience for him as well.

Now, with that experience under his belt and knowing what to expect at Parkhead, one would hope that Hatate will be able to put in consistent performances next season. He has already shown what he is capable at the top of his game. Now, it is about putting in those performances game after game.

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Celtic on the verge of completing sensational transfer

Celtic went into the previous summer transfer window in need of a complete squad overhaul. The situation is going to be very different for Ange Postecoglou’s side this time around, as they have won the Premiership and League Cup, and the team is much more settled now than it was a year ago. But at the same time, with Champions League group stage football guaranteed, they will need strengthen the squad further.

It will be important to bring in some new players in order to improve in certain areas but at the same time, it will also be important to hold on to the players who did well in the recently concluded season for the Hoops.

Jota was one such player. He was brought in on loan from Benfica and established himself as one of the key players in Postecoglou’s starting XI. Celtic are believed to have an option to buy included in the loan deal of a transfer fee around £6.5 million.

Now, as reported by A Bola (via The Celtic Way), Jota will sign for Celtic barring any last-minute hitches. The Portuguese winger has agreed to sign for the Hoops on a permanent deal and negotiations are at an advanced stage.

Celtic appear to be closing in on sensational transfer this summer

Keeping hold of Jota is going to be vital for Celtic. He has been a key part of Postecoglou’s side throughout the course of the season, even when he went through a rough patch in the second half of the campaign.

If he does not end up at Celtic then the club would need to bring in another winger and there would be a lot of risk involved in any such move, whether it would work or not, like any other transfer.

It has been believed that Celtic have been ready to shell out the transfer fee for Jota for a while but it would ultimately come down to the player and what he wanted to do. Now, it looks like he has decided that staying on at Parkhead is the best step for his career. Let’s hope that the transfer goes through without any hiccups.

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Celtic star reacts to Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton leaving

It was expected to be a transitional campaign for Celtic. But thanks to the outstanding job done by Ange Postecoglou and the players, the Hoops managed to win both the Scottish League Cup and the Premiership title, just a season after finishing 25 points behind the Rangers and trophyless. Aa remarkable turnaround, especially considering the circumstances.

Yet, it was not all rosy at the end, with Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton, two of the club’s longest serving players, deciding to depart this summer.

Both Rogic and Bitton were believed to have deals the summer of 2023, making their exits this time around surprising. There was a bittersweet feeling as they said goodbye to the Parkhead faithful, sadness at seeing them leave but happiness that they could go out on the high of being champions of Scotland.

Both of them had spent almost a decade at Celtic, having joined back in 2013. Naturally, in the final game of the season, against Motherwell, the supporters gave both players an emotional farewell. Now though, the focus has to shift towards to replacing their quality and experience in the squad.

Celtic star reacts to Rogic and Bitton leaving

As reported by the Daily Record, Greg Taylor heaped praise on the departing Celtic duo, while also admitting that they will be big misses, as he said:

“It was sad, Tom was quite emotional. He got the send-off he deserved.

“He has been a great servant of the club. He provided massive goals and massive performances.

“Nir just leads by example. Again, he’s one of the senior boys.

“He has been vice-captain this year and taken on a lot of responsibility and done really well. His last few performances have been top class.

“They will be two big misses around the place, but I’m sure they will do well wherever they end up next.”

Taylor himself has improved considerably this season and is already considered a leader in the dressing room. At the same time though, the left-back could be left looking over his shoulder come next season, with the Hoops expected to make an addition in the position over the summer. Rumours regarding a potential move for Hammarby’s Mohanad Jeahze refuse to go away.

That has to be expected though with UEFA Champions League group stage football guaranteed. And that is where experienced players like Rogic and Bitton might end up being missed the most.

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Major twist in Mohanad Jeahze to Celtic transfer saga

Celtic have been linked with Hammarby left-back, Mohanad Jeahze for a while now and the transfer saga has already had its fair share of twists and turns. Rumours had emerged that the club were closing in on a move for the Iraq international and he was expected to arrive at Parkhead before pre-season. But then, it looked like that was not the case and the Hoops had not even made contact for the player.

Now, there appears to be another twist in the transfer saga, in what could be a major boost for Celtic’s hopes of signing him.

As reported by Expressen (via 67 Hail Hail), Hammarby are getting themselves ready for the transfer exit of Jeahze this summer. It is believed that they are already looking at potential replacements for the left-back as well.

With Celtic being the club who have been most heavily linked with Jeahze in recent weeks, it might suggest that they have will have a good chance of getting a deal done this summer. Let’s see how things unfold moving forward.

Celtic receive major boost in race to sign Jeahze from Hammarby this summer

Jeahze has many of the attributes that you would expect to see in the left-back playing for Postecoglou’s side and is a good fit for the manager’s style of football without any doubt.

Jeahze is already accustomed to playing the role of an inverted full-back, which could be very important if he does end up at Celtic. On top of that, he is very good in both ends of the pitch.

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Celtic battle Rangers in transfer race for Welsh winger

Both Celtic and the Rangers have a need to strengthen their squad in the summer. The Hoops are headed back to the UEFA Champions League group stage after years and Ange Postecoglou must be keen to make an impression in Europe’s elite competition as well. On the other hand, the Ibrox side lost out to their Glasgow rivals in the Premiership this season and their dreams of winning the Europa League ended on penalties, with Aaron Ramsey missing the decisive spot kick.

Thus, it would not be much of a surprise if both clubs are active in the upcoming summer transfer window. But at the same time, it is not just about strengthening the first-team but the youth ranks as well.

Celtic have recently been dealt a huge blow in that department as Ben Doak is headed to Liverpool. While they seem to have identified a potential replacement, it looks like they will have to compete with the Rangers for his signature.

As reported by Wales Online, both Celtic and Rangers are monitoring the progress of Cardiff City’s 16-year-old winger, Japhet Matondo. Leeds United are believed to be also interested in the youngster.

Celtic, Rangers and Leeds United in race to sign Cardiff City winger

Matondo has already featured for Cardiff City’s under-23s side as well as the Wales under-17s team. Thus, it is safe to say that he is very highly rated.

Capable of playing on the left-wing as well as the right-wing, it is not hard to see why Celtic might view him as a potential replacement for Doak.

The belief is that Cardiff City are keen to hold on to Matondo and the teenager is likely to wait for a revised offer from the club before making a final decision regarding his future.

If Celtic are able to sign him, it is likely that he would start at the B-team level, with the aim of climbing up the ranks and finally breaking into the first-team picture in the not too distant future.

Celtic have had a very tough time when it comes to keeping hold of their most talented youth players in recent years, with many of them opting for moves to clubs like Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City and others before ever getting a taste of first-team football at Parkhead. Thus, signing someone as highly-rated as Matondo would be a major boost to their youth ranks.

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Massive update on Christopher Jullien’s Celtic future

Not too long ago, Christopher Jullien was considered the best defender at Celtic. It is safe to say that times have changed since then, with Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers forming a formidable duo in defence last season. And with Stephen Welsh playing the role of their back up, it has meant that the French defender has barely featured for the Hoops in recent times.

The biggest reason for that have been his major injury issues, which have kept him out of action for a lot of the past couple of seasons, with Jullien not making a single appearance in 2021.

He returned to action earlier this year but has not featured much. According to stats from Transfermarkt, Jullien has made one appearance this season, playing for 16 minutes in the Scottish Cup against Raith Rovers.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that the defender is considering his future at Celtic. And as reported by The Scottish Sun, Jullien is attracting interest from France. Several Ligue 1 clubs are monitoring his situation and could launch moves this summer.

Ligue 1 clubs are interested in the struggling Celtic star

Celtic signed Jullien from Toulouse in the summer of 2019 for a transfer fee around £7 million,, immediately making him one of the most expensive signings in the history of the club.

His first season for Celtic was very promising as well, as he cropped up with some important goals, especially the Scottish League Cup winning one against the Rangers. At the same time, he showed a lot of quality defensively as well, and it had looked like the club had found themselves a long-term solution at the back.

Since then though, things have gone downhill for Jullien as he has struggled to remain fit for any considerable length of time. As a result, a move away from Celtic might be the best step forward for both parties at this point of time.

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Celtic star Giorgos Giakoumakis reveals retirement plans

Giorgos Giakoumakis is a man in blistering form right now, with the Greek striker arriving at Celtic last summer after topping the Eredivisie scoring charts with VVV-Venlo in the 2020/21 campaign. It was not a great start for him at Parkhead though as he spent the majority of the first half of this season out on the sidelines, dealing with one injury or another.

On top of that, there were question marks about whether he was a one season wonder, as his record before the incredible campaign with VVV-Venlo, was not particularly impressive.

Giakoumakis has proved a lot of doubters wrong since the turn of the year as he has been one of the most in-form players in all of Scotland, and ended up topping the Premiership scoring charts despite playing in barely half the games.

According to stats from Transfermarkt, Giakoumakis has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances, although those have combined for just 1471 minutes of football. Thus, it will be interesting to see the kind of numbers he can put up when he plays a full season without constant injury problems.

Celtic star reveals his retirement plans

Giakoumakis has shed some light on how he hopes to end his career, and that is OFI Crete. As reported by Neakriti (via 67 Hail Hail), the Celtic star said:

“Yes, of course it is true [on wanting a future move to OFI]. I was very close to signing with OFI as a free agent and not on loan.

“I really wanted to but in the end AEK decided to keep me on the roster. I did not have much room, so I agreed. I would ideally like to end my career with the team I love, OFI.”

Thus, it looks like Giakoumakis would like to finish his career, while playing in front of his hometown fans.

Of course, that seems to be quite some distance away considering the incredible form that he has been in in recent times.

One could argue that he has been the most important part of Celtic’s push for the title after the winter break. And still just 27 years of age, he should have plenty of football left in the tank before he has to think about finishing up his playing career.

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