TalkCeltic - The Ultimate Celtic FC Forum

Forum software by XenForo



Hurdles for the Hoops

Celtic looking strong after tough run of games


A win at Ibrox, followed by an emphatic victory in Belgium, then rounded off with a 2-2 draw at home saw Celtic complete a run of three potentially tough matches in this early stage of the season.


[​IMG]

The first major Glasgow derby of the season saw Brendan Rodgers take his side to Ibrox on 23rd September, with second half goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths being enough to ensure victory. Enjoying the majority of possession and chances created, Celtic looked like a team destined to win this derby. Despite going in goalless at half time, the first half saw a number of chances for the Hoops. Despite probing the Rangers defence several times, no man in green and white was able to find the net.


However, in the 49th minute, a cleared Celtic corner fell to Patrick Roberts, who saw his effort on goal bounce through the defence, falling to Rogic, who quickly snatched at the chance and dispatched the ball into the roof of the net, sending the Celtic fans wild. The home side's best chance of equalising came on the hour mark, when an Alfredo Morelos header was blocked by a fantastic reaction save from Craig...


The Celtic support has been nominated for a FIFA award, largely helped by the displays and emphatic support of the Green Brigade. Click on the link below to vote:

http://www.fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/fan-award/
Dark Blues brushed aside

The Betfred Cup holders seen off a hard working Dundee side without reaching 2nd gear in a physical battle with Neil McCann's team at Dens Park. Celtic's winning mentality and patient approach in the game, added to the quality of in-form wingers Scott Sinclair and James Forrest took them into their 4th straight semi-final in the Scottish League cup.

[​IMG]
League Cup quarter-final
Dens Park, Dundee
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


DUNDEE…0


CELTIC…4
(Sinclair 24, Forrest 42, 92, McGregor 87)

It was a repeat scoreline from the weekend as the invincibles racked up another 4 goals and a clean sheet in what proved to be a routine victory for the Glasgow side. The home team gave it their all to stop the Celtic players breaking through them, but Scott Sinclair showed great technique and skill to drive into the opposition box where he drew a foul from Jack Hendry to win, and subsequently score, a penalty kick halfway through the first half.

It was...
Heartbreak

[​IMG] 0 - 5 [​IMG]

UEFA Champions League
Celtic Park, Glasgow
12 Sep 2017
Celtic found themselves on cloud nine after qualifying for the Champions League group stages, for the second successive season under Brendan Rodgers. The prestige and financial benefits of the competition are well known, so the early European qualifiers have become a vital part of the season for the club. Tonight, Celtic's faithful supporters were brought back down to Earth with an unforgiving smack.

[​IMG]

The trio of Mbappe, Cavani and £200m Neymar showed why Paris Saint-Germain are one of the favourites to win the entire tournament this season, with Cavani scoring two and Neymar and Mbappe grabbing one each. Their movement going forward and ability to create space is the envy of most football clubs around the world. Unfortunately for Celtic, PSG have quality throughout their squad, with Celtic's front three often finding themselves frustrated as they struggled to break through the Parisian defence.

The match opened with Paris Saint-Germain dominating possession, Celtic struggling to get out of their own half and young Anthony Ralston facing a baptism of fire against the most expensive player in football history. It is worth noting that Neymar cost much more than Celtic have spent on transfer fees in their entire history. If that doesn't highlight how...​
[​IMG]

Hamilton Academical vs. Celtic

Friday 8th September

New Douglas Park

Kick Off: 19:45

BT Sport 1

The wait is over and normal service will once again be resumed as Celtic travel to New Douglas Park to take on Hamilton Academical.

When the sides last met back in April, the Hoops emerged victorious, courtesy of a double provided by Moussa Dembele. However, it’s a new season and with an international break behind them and a Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Gemain ahead of them, who knows how Celtic will perform come kickoff on Friday night.

Celtic

Arguably the biggest challenge facing Brendan Rodgers and his squad heading in to this match is that of fatigue. Many of his first team regulars featured for their respective countries over the international break, including the Scottish contingent who featured heavily in both of their matches, which is something he’ll surely be aware of when selecting his starting XI. As such, there may be an opportunity for some of the players who find themselves slightly further down the pecking order to step up and impress come Friday.

One potential absence come Friday is Celtic’s star striker, Leigh Griffiths. Griffiths, who started in both of Scotland’s international fixtures, scored against Malta but was subbed off due to a tightness in his calf and is a doubt for Friday’s game. However, even if he was to recover in time for the Accies match, with the PSG game loomingone wonders if Brendan Rodgers would be tempted to rest Griffiths just to be safe. If Griffiths is rested on Friday, that raises the question of who fills in for him?

[​IMG]
What are the odds on Edouard starting on...