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Celtic have signed 21 year old Frenchman, Jules Olivier Ntcham, from Manchester City. He signs a four year deal and has already stated his ambition to do well for the club.
"It's a nice feeling to be here at Celtic and I want to win everything at Celtic as I have never won a trophy before," he said in a statement.


"I'm most looking forward to the derby and playing in the Champions League. I remember them beating Barcelona five years ago in the group stages. Not every club gets to play in this competition so I'm happy to have the chance to play there with Celtic.


"Celtic is a fresh challenge for me. While Genoa are a good team, I knew they wouldn't win Serie A as they were not a top team like Juventus, but I know Celtic are a big team in Scotland."

He has spent the previous two years on loan at Genoa in Serie A, appearing 41 times. In search of further first team football, the young Frenchman will look to force his way into Brendan Rodgers' treble winning invincibles. It won't be an easy task, but his experience in Italy can only help him as he aims to stake his claim for a starting spot.

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Celtic drawn away from home in the first leg of a Champions League qualifier, versus Linfield or SP La Fiorita

Celtic will play the winners of the Linfield v SP La Fiorita tie, in their first Champions League qualifying game. Celtic will know their confirmed opponents by the end of July 5th at the latest, with the first qualifying ties to be played on 27th & 28th June and 4th & 5th July.

As Celtic's ball was drawn second, the first leg will be away from home, with the destination being Belfast or San Marino.


Linfield will be favourites for the first round qualifier, which has the potential to set up a hotly anticipated match in Belfast. With the first tie being scheduled to be played on 11th or 12th July, it coincides with the Orange marching season in Northern Ireland. In the event of this match taking place, expect an incredibly unpleasant and potentially dangerous atmosphere for Celtic fans. Hopefully, it will be well policed and without incident. However, the more cynical amongst us would probably agree that is unlikely.

Having considered that, the most important thing for Celtic is progress towards qualifying for the Champions League group stages, for the second season in a row. Qualification at the first attempt was a great achievement for Brendan Rodgers and his side. The experience gained in those tough Champions League group stages, in a so...
Summer Transfer Window 2017 Preview:

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Well, it's nearly that time of year again. The season is all over and every domestic trophy available is safely tucked away within the Parkhead trophy room where it belongs. For the invincible playing squad, a few weeks of rest now begins in Dubai, Marbella, Monaco or wherever it is footballer's enjoy jetting off to nowadays. In addition, Brendan Rodgers will also enjoy some well earned time off, after a staggering opening campaign in Scotland. However, his mind will still be firmly focused upon now improving a team in the upcoming months which has no doubt surpassed all expectations he had at the outset of last season, with the Summer Transfer window just days away from officially opening.

The transformation of this Hoops squad over the past 12 months has been nothing short of remarkable, and, going into next season, the current crop would still of course remain heavy favourites for the league title and even another treble. At a club like Celtic though, there is very rarely any time to stand still and admire your success, with the pressure always on to continually improve and deliver more trophies. Luckily though, there is only minor 'tweaking' needed in terms of players who are likely to come in, with Rodgers stating numerous times that he will only look to add players who can make an instant improvement to the side as a whole, which suggests that Celts fans can look forward to perhaps 2 or 3 real quality additions this summer.

As a result, the heaviest amount of activity is likely to involve the squad members who are no longer required at Lennoxtown, with many suggesting - including Rodgers himself - that the squad is still somewhat...
Broony: 10 Years a Celt

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WHEN Scott Brown signed for Celtic in May 2007 as a cocky 21 year old with an abundance of raw talent, few could have envisaged what he would go on to achieve as a player in the green and white hoops over the next decade. His £4.4m transfer from Hibs is still to this day the biggest transfer exchange between two Scottish clubs, and, it is fair to say he has been worth every single penny of that fee, despite having some bumps along the road. 415 appearances, 37 goals, 76 European games and 12 trophies later, he is still going strong as the driving force within the Champions' midfield. Yesterday marked the skipper's 10 year anniversary with the club, so I feel it is only fitting that in the week where he is celebrating such a tremendous milestone, we take a look back at the career (so far) of a modern day Celtic legend, with a look at the gaffer's who helped him along the way..

Early progress under Strachan:
Gordon Strachan was entering his third successive term as Celtic manager in the summer of 2007. His squad were coming off the back of an impressive campaign both at home and abroad, where they had wrapped up not only a league and Scottish Cup double, but also a Last 16 Champions League place, falling only to eventual winners AC Milan in the San Siro during extra time. Strachan, or 'WGS' as he was often referred to, had assembled a squad with a varied mix of talent, from hardened players such as Stephen McManus and Paul Hartley, to those who could change the tide of a game in an instant, like Aiden McGeady and, of course, Shunsuke Nakamura. One thing that...
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Friday 12th May 2017
Ladbrokes Premiership
Round 36
Pittodrie Stadium

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Celts reach 100 point mark thanks to blistering 11 minute period

CELTIC and Brendan Rodgers continued their imperious march towards potential immortality with a pulsating 3-1 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie last night. The 3 points not only saw the Hoops hit the 100 point mark in the league but also put them a mere 2 games away from becoming invincibles in the SPFL Premiership, an achievement which, if managed, will write each and every member of this current squad into the Parkhead history books. The 'invincibles' tag has been hanging over Rodgers and the players for months, however it is only now that it really seems within touching distance, and there is sure to be no let up.

With a Scottish Cup Final to come at the end of the month, you would be forgiven for thinking that Brendan Rodgers may have chosen to field a slightly weakened side in these remaining games. However, once again, the strongest possible XI (minus Scott Brown) was sent out onto the Pittodrie pitch in order to try and quash any hopes of the Dons springing a surprise and handing Celtic their first defeat of the domestic campaign. Sinclair, Tierney, Lustig, Armstrong and Roberts were all given starts and could not have hoped for a better start to the match.

An away trip to a venue such as Pittodrie can always cause problems to any Celtic side, no matter the form they find themselves in. Neil Lennon can testify to that, as he watched his Celtic side...