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Newcastle United set to hand transfer blow to Celtic

Celtic have shown an incredible eye for talent since the arrival of Ange Postecoglou. The manager seems to have a clear eye for players who will fit into his system of football. Of course, not every move has worked out and you cannot expect them to. But overall, the recruitment has been a grand success and the Hoops have brought in great players like Kyogo, Jota, Giorgos Giakoumakis, Reo Hatate, Matt O’Riley, Cameron Carter-Vickers and several others.

Another player that they had been linked with recently is Garang Kuol of the Central Coast Mariners. The youngster has taken Australian football by storm.

At 18 years of age, he has already represented the A League All Stars against Barcelona and has been called up to the Australian national team squad as well. Thus, the sky looks like the limit for Kuol. Thus, it should come as a surprise that Celtic have had an eye on him. But unfortunately, it looks like Newcastle United are set to win the race for his signature.

As tweeted out by Anthony Joseph, Newcastle United are close to finalising a deal to sign Kuol from Central Coast Mariners, while Celtic and Borussia Dortmund had showed an interest in him as well:

Celtic have lost the Kuol race to Newcastle United

According to stats from Transfermarkt, Kuol has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in 10 appearances for Central Coast Mariners, while playing just 199 minutes of football.

Thus, it is safe to say that Celtic are set to lose the race to sign a prodigy to Newcastle United. That is a blow in itself.

At the same time, it is safe to assume that most Celtic fans are not fond of Newcastle United manager, Eddie Howe, who turned down the chance to manage the Hoops after the saga had dragged on for months.

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Celtic fans finish ahead of Rangers, Real Madrid and Liverpool

One of the biggest attractions about Celtic as a football club is their incredible supported. The Hoops are truly one of the best in the world in this department, even though the realities of the financial situation of Scottish clubs mean that they cannot compete with a lot of European giants on the pitch for the biggest prizes.

In fact, the reaction of some of the Real Madrid players, who have played everywhere and won everything, just goes on to show how special the atmosphere truly is and it blows away even the best players in the history of the game.

And now, they have are trending ahead of the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and their Glasgow rivals, Rangers, in terms of attendances.

As reported by The Herald, Celtic are 13th on the list of the best supported clubs in terms of average attendance. The clubs ahead of them are Barcelona (83,383), Borussia Dortmund (80, 783), Bayern Munich (75, 008), Manchester United (76, 674), AC Milan (72, 169), Inter Milan (70, 365), Marseille (62, 877), West Ham United (62, 477), Schalke 04 (62, 194), Tottenham Hotspur (61, 194), AS Roma (60, 094) and Arsenal (60,070).

Celtic fans finish ahead of the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and of course, Rangers

That is quite the list to be a part of for sure and just goes on to show how well the Hoops have been supported by the fans.

Of course, there have been quite a few factors which have helped in this regard as well. The biggest is the winning and attractive style of football that they have been playing under the management of Ange Postecoglou. It has been a breath of fresh air and made the fans want to go to the stadium.

The second is of course, the carrot that is the Champions League and the big games that come with it.

Considering the capacity of Celtic Park, it is impossible for them to finish much higher on this list than a spot or two more.

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Third Celtic player suffers injury on international duty

It would be safe to assume that Ange Postecoglou is not enjoying this international break as one Celtic player after another seems to be sparking injury fears. First it was Giorgos Giakoumakis of Greece, then it was Daizen Maeda of Japan and now, a third name has been added to the list, which is growing rapidly.

The player is none other than Sead Haksabanovic. He was signed from Rubin Kazan towards the end of the summer transfer window and is not completely up to match speed, as a result of missing pre-season. Thus, he has remained restricted to cameos.

Haksabanovic did feature for the Montenegro national team in their recent game against Finland, and unfortunately, it did not go as well as he would have been hoping.

As reported by Football Scotland, Haksabanovic suffered injury and was subbed off after just 30 minutes in Montenegro’s clash with Finland this evening. The Celtic star was on the end of a robust challenge and could not continue.

Third Celtic player sparks injury concern on international duty

With the recent concerns around the fitness of Giakoumakis and Maeda, many people would have thought that this could have opened the door of opportunity for Haksabanovic to step and make his case for a spot in the team.

But now, it looks like he has picked up an injury as well, although it is still unclear how serious it is and how long it will keep him out of action for.

Celtic will be hoping that it is nothing serious, because they are seeing their options going forward diminish rapidly at the moment.

Also, the club have not won any of their last three games and as a result, this is not looking like a good situation for Celtic, and could allow the Rangers to sneak back into the title race despite of their terrible start to the campaign.

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Greek manager gives update on Celtic star’s injury status

Celtic have been left sweating during the international break, with a few of their players suspected to have picked up injury problems. One of them is Giorgos Giakoumakis, who is away with the Greek national team. Rumours suggest that he felt some discomfort and underwent a scan. And although it did not show anything, the striker missed training recently.

Naturally, Celtic fans have been left fearing the worst. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt are already out on the sidelines with injuries, while Daizen Maeda seems to be an injury concern at the moment as well.

Thus, it goes without saying that fans, Ange Postecoglou and everybody else associated with Celtic will be hoping that Giakoumakis has not been seriously injured and their hopes seem to have received a boost in that regard.

Greece are set to face Northern Ireland next and Giakoumakis has not been completely ruled out of that game yet, which would suggest that his injury is not serious. As reported by The Herald, manager Gus Poyet told the media:

“50-50 for Celtic Giorgos Giakoumakis and Trabzonspor Tasos Bakasetas to play tomorrow v Northern Ireland.”

Greek manager has given an update on Giakoumakis’ injury status

Whether Giakoumakis ends up playing or not for Greece against Northern Ireland, would not be of much concern to Celtic.

The bigger thing for the Hoops is the fact that he is still in contention, which is good news. Also, it would be better for Celtic if Giakoumakis does not end up featuring against Northern Ireland, as that would mean that there would be a risk that he could end up aggravating his injury.

Whatever maybe the case, the fans should be happy that Giakoumakis has managed to avoid any serious injury. If both him and Maeda went down injured in the same international break, that would cut down Celtic’s options going forward drastically.

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Scotland boss Steve Clarke heaps praise on rising Celtic star

While Celtic are feeling the heat of the international break as a number of their players seem to have picked up potential injury problems, some are amassing deserved recognition from their national team managers. Likewise, the Hoops’ left-back Greg Taylor seems to have impressed Scotland manager Steve Clarke.

Emerging through the youth ranks of the Rangers and then Kilmarnock, Taylor has always been rated very highly in Scotland. In the summer of 2019, however, he made his career-changing move to Celtic.

While the likes of FC Nurnberg and Sunderland were also believed to have been interested in the Scottish left-back, he went on to join Celtic. Having been at the club more than three seasons now, he finally seems to be close to nailing down his spot in the starting XI.

Under the management of Ange Postecoglou, the full-back has made notable improvements, with the 24-year-old now looking like the manager’s go-to figure at left-back, which is even more impressive when you consider that the club signed Alexandro Bernabei this summer for a decent transfer fee and he became the Hoops’ first ever Argentine player in the process.

Scotland manager heaps praise on Celtic left-back

Taylor is currently on the international break with Scotland. Speaking to Largs and Millport News, Clarke said regarding the Celtic left-back:

“Greg’s determination to do well was apparent to me as soon as I walked in the door at Kilmarnock. I know he wants to get better.

“He has moved to a bigger club, he has handled the expectation and pressure of playing at that bigger club, any time I have asked him to perform for the national team he has done very well.

“So no worries about Greg and you want that all over the pitch.”

Scotland play Ukraine in what will be their last group-stage fixture in the 2022/23 season of the UEFA Nations League. They beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 to reach the top of the group in League B on Saturday.

In that game, Taylor came on as a first-half substitute to replace Kieran Tierney and earned a lot of plaudits for his display. It is expected that he will keep his place in Clarke’s starting line-up for their game against Ukraine on Tuesday evening, with the Arsenal star not expected to start.

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Celtic duo look set to receive major Scotland chance

Celtic full backs aren’t used to playing second fiddle to many, but two in particular have had to be patient and hard working to earn their places. The Hoops have more depth there now with Josip Juranovic and Anthony Ralston on the right and Alexandro Bernabei and Greg Taylor on the left.

Ralston and Juranovic swap places pretty consistently for matches whereas Bernabei is still settling into the squad, after his summer move from Argentina, giving Taylor more game time at the moment.

Both the Scottish full-backs have worked hard over the last season and this one to make sure they were in the reckoning for selection for the Hoops. Ralston in particular has recovered from looking like his time at Celtic was about to come to an end to being an invaluable squad player. Taylor has improved his performances considerably and now regularly earns the fans’ admiration, having been heavily criticised in the past.

A key point in their progression has been how quickly the pair of them adapted to Ange Postecoglou’s inverted full back system. That calls for a quite different style of play and positioning for a full back and they both led the way in making ‘Angeball’ work last season. So much so that Kieran Tierney has been quoted by Football Scotland about picking up tips from Taylor that he can use at Arsenal.

Scotland opportunity knocking for Celtic full-backs

With Tierney and Aaron Hickey both injury doubts, there could be a huge opportunity for Celtic duo, Taylor and Ralston, to step in and show their abilities on the international stage against Ukraine on Tuesday.

As reported by the The Scottish Sun, Ralston said regarding the situation:

“If you get the chance then you just have to believe in yourself. That’s important in your career, regardless of what level you’re at.

“Greg Taylor is like myself. There is a lot of competition in his position.

“But he did brilliantly when he came on. He’s had a great start to the season with Celtic as well, so I’m very pleased for him.”

It’s another tough game for the pair, but you’d expect both to be ready to make a significant contribution and help Scotland get a result if called upon, meaning they remain top of their UEFA Nations League table.

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Another Celtic star suffers injury on international duty

Celtic’s biggest problem since the arrival of Ange Postecoglou has been dealing with injuries. Many fans will remember how bad things got in the first half of the previous campaign and players were constantly being played out of position due to necessity. And while the squad has a lot more depth now, injuries still remain a major problem for the Hoops.

We saw the Hoops struggle at St Mirren with the centre-back pairing of Moritz Jenz and Stephen Welsh. There is a possibility that Postecoglou will have to stick with the duo though as both Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers are carrying injuries.

During the recent international break, there is an injury concern surrounding Giorgos Giakoumakis as well and now, it looks like another forward’s name has been added to that list.

As reported by the Daily Record,  Daizen Maeda is an injury doubt for Japan’s upcoming game with Ecuador after picking up a knock in the win over USA. As reported by JFA, he felt a pain in his right leg, postponed practice and returned to the hotel.

Another Celtic star picks up injury while on international duty

While Maeda has struggled for form this season in front of goal, this is bad news for Celtic nonetheless.

They are quickly seeing their options reduced all over the pitch and might have to rely on the same players during such a tight schedule, which increases the risk of further injuries.

It goes without saying that the situation is far from ideal and one would be hoping that Maeda has not picked up any serious issue. It remains to be seen how the situation transpires from here.

There is no doubt that Postecoglou will have been left sweating though and this international break has not been kind to the Hoops to be very honest.

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Celtic fans will be amused by Aston Villa fans’ Steven Gerrard joke

As Scotland head to the top of their Nations League group and possible promotion, the mood is quite different for England. And some jokes from Aston Villa fans amidst all this will surely amuse Celtic fans, as they have come at the expense of former Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard.

England’s 1- 0 defeat against Italy leaves them bottom of their group. The Three Lions’ last 5 matches have seen them suffer 4 losses and 1 draw, against Germany thanks to a controversial late penalty from Harry Kane. Their last goal from open play came from Raheem Sterling 6 games and 495 minutes ago, against Ivory Coast in March.

That’s a pretty poor run of form with the Qatar World Cup fast approaching and has dramatically put the focus and increased the pressure on their manager, Gareth Southgate.

Questions are being raised on whether he is the right manager to lead them into the World Cup. Aston Villa fans do seem to have it all figured out though!

Celtic fans will surely be amused by Aston Villa supporters’ joke at the expense of Gerrard

The poor performances and lack of goals have led to calls for Southgate to be replaced. Some Aston Villa fans have stepped in though, with the tongue in cheek suggest of handing Gerrard the national team job on Twitter:

It is safe to say that this goes on to show the impact that Gerrard has gone on to have at Aston Villa, that a lot of their fans would be happy enough to see him leave and take the England job in the middle of the season.

Even though Gerrard did manage the Rangers to an invincible league campaign, his record at Rangers was not particularly great either, as they won only one out of nine domestic titles that they contested for under the former Liverpool star’s management. Let’s just say he has a history of letting trophies ‘slip’.

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Celtic star dismisses Premier League transfer rumours

With how well Celtic have played over the past couple of seasons under the management of Ange Postecoglou, it would be no surprise if Premier League clubs are monitoring a number of their players. In fact, it was impressive that the Hoops managed to hold onto most of their stars this summer, except for Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton, who chose to look for a different challenge after almost a decade at Parkhead.

One of the players who has been linked with a possible move to the Premier League recently is Liel Abada, even though he has not quite nailed down his spot in the Celtic starting XI till now.

But Abada is still just 20 years of age and his numbers for Celtic are fantastic. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has scored 6 goals and provided an assist in 10 appearances this season, while playing 439 minutes of football in total.

Thus, it is not hard to understand why Premier League clubs might hold an interest in the youngster, whose ceiling seems to be incredibly high even though there are some areas that he still needs to work on to be a sure shot Celtic starter.

Celtic star dismisses Premier League transfer talk

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Abada told Mako when asked about a move to England:

“Right now I’m concentrating on the national team, not on the Premier League.

“We’ll do our best (for the national side).

“There’s still a lot of work and the most important thing is to be humble, there are players and coaches who have been through a lot in their careers.

“I’m only trying to play a part in victory.”

Abada is still just 20 years of age and he has plenty of time on his hands, if he does want to make the move down South some day.

At the moment though, Celtic seems like the perfect place for him to deliver. Even most fans expect players like Jota to move on at some point in the future to one of the big five European leagues and that would be Abada’s time to come in and make his presence felt as a starter at Celtic.

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Celtic: Kenny Dalglish sends Ange Postecoglou to Leicester City message

Celtic manager, Ange Postecoglou, has admitted that he grew up idolising Kenny Dalglish and had posters of him all over his wall. So it would be safe to assume that the Scotsman’s word would hold some weight when it comes to the former Australian national team boss.

Dalglish has given his take on the entire Postecoglou to Leicester City situation, with Brendan Rodgers in trouble as the Foxes sit at the bottom of the Premier League table with a solitary point.

Thus, some rumours have suggested that Leicester City could look towards Glasgow to fill their managerial seat once again. Of course, Celtic fans will remember Rodgers leaving the club in the middle of the season to join the Foxes.

This time around though, it feels that the situation would be different as Postecoglou has always maintained that he is delighted to be at Parkhead and managing at the Champions League level, while a move to Leicester City could come with a relegation battle. And Dalglish feels such a switch would make very little sense.

Dalglish sends Postecoglou to Leicester City message amidst Celtic exit rumours

Dalglish wrote in his column in The Sunday Post:

Ange has been at the centre of some speculation, due the excellent job he has been doing at Celtic.

Before Graham Potter left Brighton for Chelsea recently, by all accounts Ange was a name on Albion’s short-list.

Now he still being mentioned in England as a contender for the Leicester City job, should there be a parting of the ways with Brendan Rodgers.

For me, though, that is a non-starter. Why would Ange want to leave Celtic to go there?

Why would he leave a Champions League club for a team that may well end up fighting a relegation battle in the Premier League?

So I would doubt that Ange would have a club such as Leicester City on his radar.

He has rebuilt Celtic. The fans love him, and he loves the fans. It would take something special to break up that relationship.

If he was linked with a top-six club down south, then that may well be a different story. That kind of thing would be a potential game-changer.

Dalglish has pretty much hit the nail on the head here. It makes little sense for Postecoglou to leave Celtic in order to join Leicester City, if the opportunity was indeed on the table.

We have already seen him being linked with Brighton & Hove Albion as well, and as long as the Hoops continue to perform at a high level and win trophies, Postecoglou will have opportunities to move down South when he wants a different challenge.

Yes, if a top six club came in, that is a different story. That is an opportunity of a lifetime that is handed to few and most Celtic fans would understand Postecoglou leaving in those circumstances, but not to fight a relegation battle with Leicester City.

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