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Celtic vs. Aberdeen

Betfred League Cup Final

Sunday 27th November

Kickoff: 15:00

BT Sports 1

On Sunday, Celtic have the opportunity to win their first domestic trophy of the 2016/17 season when they face Aberdeen in the final of the Betfred Cup (the League Cup to you and me).

Brendan's Rodgers will be eager to win his first piece of silverware at Celtic - at the first time of asking no less. While he may be hesitant to speak it about it openly, Rodgers will surely be hoping that a win on Sunday could be the beginning of a push for a historic treble.

Meanwhile, Derek McInnes, who won the trophy with Aberdeen back in the 2013/14 season, will be hoping that he can repeat that achievement come Sunday. That was Aberdeen's first trophy in 19 years, and McInnes will surely be eager to ensure that the wait for their next silverware isn't that long.

Celtic

The League Cup has historically been the one domestic competition that Celtic Has struggled in. Despite reaching thirty League Cup finals, they've only managed to win fifteen. However Brendan Rodger's will surely be confident that he can make sixteen on Sunday.

When Celtic last played Aberdeen in October, it was a fairly tight affair with only the one goal in it. Whilst I'm sure everyone would be happy with a win, regardless of the margin of victory, a slightly more comfortable result certainly wouldn't go amiss.

So what players can we expect to see come kickoff time on Sunday?

Well one player who will sadly be missing from Sunday's match is Scott Sinclair - who suffered a hamstring injury against Barcelona on Wednesday. While the manager has said that they'll continue to assess Sinclair, given the nature of his...
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They came, they saw, they conquered. Again. Barcelona killed off Celtic's latest European campaign in a match where Lionel Messi provided the goals, and his two pals - Suarez and Neymar - did nothing to dispel their pantomime villain image. It feels like we've been here before.

The weather and the atmosphere in Glasgow ticked all the boxes of the cliched Champions League night at Celtic Park, with a particularly special and dazzling display in the 67th minute lifting the decibel level at a time when the home side were already out of the game, and out of Europe.

The mutual love-in between the two sets of supporters also conformed to the norm of recent years. With Barcelona fans soaking up the atmosphere generated, and Celtic fans keen to make their thoughts on Barcelona's star man clear by applauding the Catalan's chant of 'Messi, Messi, Messi'.

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In The Heat Of Lisbon: Celtic supporters lit up the stands on the 67th minute in tribute to the clubs European Cup winning side of 1967

If so much seemed familiar off the pitch, there is something different happening on it. Celtic were well in the game until Lionel Messi struck the opener, and spurned a great chance to equalise before the Argentine converted a second half penalty to kill the game.

There have been lessons learned from this game, and the campaign as a whole that will make Celtic stronger under Brendan Rodgers next season. Celtic have proven they can press and harry more illustrious opponents and play with a pace and energy to cause more talented teams real problems. This match represented a huge improvement from the opening round against Barcelona, and this campaign has represented an improvement on the two that came before it.

If the pressing...
Celtic's Champions League Challenge
The Scottish champions once again face off against the might of Barcelona

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The bright lights of Paradise will beam down upon us tonight, is a Celtic victory in sight?

This season's opening group game, in the Champions League, saw Celtic visit one of the greatest arenas in world football, Camp Nou. Unfortunately, Barcelona were in great form that night and outclassed the Hoops with a 7-0 thrashing. Even when you consider that the Celtic players showed Barcelona too much respect that night, there is a clear gulf in quality between the two sides, with Barcelona being several levels above.

Given the state of affairs Celtic found themselves in just one year ago, where our European performances often featured calamitous defensive errors and a lack of ability to win a Europa League group match, just qualifying for the Champions League group stages is a huge step forward.

Brendan Rodgers inherited a squad of players who, despite being champions, lacked confidence. The departing Ronny Deila admitted that the job was too big for him and it was noticeable in our performances. When Rodgers was appointed, he identified areas of the team that needed strengthening and his acquisitions thus far have dramatically transformed our fortunes. He did what his recent predecessors couldn't, he qualified for the Champions League group stages on his first attempt as Celtic manager.

Huge credit is due to the Irishman for that early achievement and the experience gained this season can be taken forward for future attempts at Champions League qualification. There's no secret that the exposure and financial advantages of being in this competition will enhance Celtic's ability to attract good quality footballers to the club, as...
Blonde Cafu seals all three points for Celtic


Scottish Premiership

Rugby Park

Kilmarnock

Friday 18th November 2016


Brendan Rodgers hailed Stuart Armstrong as the 'Blonde Cafu' after his man of the match performance at right back against Inverness but it was from the middle of the park where he did the damage on Friday night at Rugby Park. With a number of Celtic’s squad away on International duty over the course of the previous week, a few of the regulars were given a well needed rest in order to remain fresh for the meeting with Barcelona next Wednesday night, in a game that Celtic will need to win in order to keep their European dreams alive. Kilmarnock have proven to be a relatively difficult side to beat at Rugby Park this season under manager Lee Clark, and it was apparent in the way that they prohibited Celtic from being at their fluent best, although aided by the artificial surface which the Celtic players seemed to find difficult to adjust to.

Celtic were forced to make changes to their back four, with Boyata coming into the heart of the defence for the first time since April and Callum McGregor covering at left back for Emilio Izaguirre who had only returned from International duty the day before. Understandably, there was an element of sloppiness added to Celtic’s game as a result. Despite this, they were the more dominant team in the opening exchanges, and came close to breaking the deadlock on 13 minutes when Erik Sviatchenko lost Killie defender Scott Boyd and connected with a Sinclair corner, however was unable to steer his header on target. Ten minutes later, they came close again. Roberts found Forrest who had made a run into the penalty area, before reverting on to his left foot and unleashing a curled effort with his left foot that forced a strong save from the Killie goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald. On 27 minutes Kilmarnock were almost gifted a great opportunity to take the lead when Boyata...
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Saturday 5th November

Kickoff: 15:00

Celtic Park

Celtic TV

After a night of mixed emotions in Germany, Celtic must now deal with the transition from the dizzying heights of the Champions League, to their bread and butter of the SPFL.

Inverness will be our opponents on Saturday and the Highlanders have proven themselves something of a bogey team for Celtic in the past - a label they'll be hoping to live up to come the weekend. The last meeting between the two sides ended in a two all draw, but is perhaps best remembered for bringing to an end Celtic's domestic winning streak.

Celtic

Celtic are naturally the favourites going in to this match, with the Parkhead side currently being unbeaten in all domestic competition. However, fans will remember that Inverness were the side who brought our winning streak to an end back in September. Brendan Rodgers certainly hasn't forgotten the result, even admitting that he's still 'rankled' by Celtic's failure to win that match.

As such, he will surely be hoping for a better performance from his players on Saturday.However, what players players should we expect to see come kickoff?

Well, two players who certainly won't be involved the squad come Saturday are Kieran Tierney and Kolo Toure. Tierney will be recovering from the surgery on his ankle injury, and will thus be unavailable. As such, Emilio Izaguirre will likely once again step in to provide cover at left back. Meanwhile, Kolo Toure has yet to full recover from his injury and will play no part in Saturday's game.

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Rogic opened the scoring the last time the club's met, will...