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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...
Rogic stunner extends Celtic’s lead at top



Scottish Premiership

Pittodrie Stadium

Aberdeen

Saturday 29th October 2016

Celtic met Aberdeen at noon on Saturday knowing that a victory would extend their lead to ten points over the Dons, having played a game less. In what has proved to be a tricky encounter for Celtic in recent seasons, a moment of magic from Aussie midfielder Tom Rogic proved to be the difference between the two sides. Aberdeen looked a galvanised team after their disappointing midweek loss to Hamilton Accies, their first loss since the last time they met Celtic back in August. Celtic weren’t quite at their fluid best, but will head into Tuesday’s crunch Champions League tie with Borussia Mönchengladbach with three successive wins and clean sheets behind them and a growing sense of optimism that they might be able to propel themselves back into European contention.

The opening exchanges were typically hectic, with both sides in pursuit of the crucial opening goal. Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn had the first clear cut chance of the game on eight minutes when his eight-yard effort was blocked from Celtic’s Danish centre half Erik Sviatchenko after Shay Logan had found space down Celtic’s left hand side and reversed the ball into the path of the Irishman. Aberdeen sought to prevent the free-flowing football Celtic have been showing this season with aggressive and determined pressing. Despite this, Celtic did manage to gain relative control of the game and while Aberdeen prevented them from being at their creative best, they were still the side that looked more likely to score throughout. Celtic’s Tom Rogic was once again instrumental in anything Celtic did in attack and it was he who broke the deadlock after twenty-three minutes with a goal right out of the top drawer. The ball broke to the Aussie about twenty yards from goal after Shay Logan had failed to clear his lines. Rogic still had a lot to do as the ball bounced and...
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Late flurry of goals give Celtic a comfortable win in the Highlands, as the champions move 7 points clear at the top of the league
Ross County were sitting 8th in the league, with two wins to their name before the match tonight. Having only scored 4 goals at home this season, picking up a result against high flying Celtic was always going to be a big ask. In the end, the task proved too difficult for Ross County as the Hoops won by a comfortable 4 goals.

Brendan Rodgers made eight changes to the team that faced The Rangers on Sunday, in the league cup semi final. It was a first league start of the season for long serving Emilio Izaguirre. Leigh Griffiths, Cristian Gamboa, Stuart Armstrong, Callum McGregor, Patrick Roberts, Ryan Christie and Liam Henderson were the other seven changes to the line up.

It only took 3 minutes for Celtic to break the deadlock. A forward ball from Armstrong to Roberts, saw the young Englishman dribble through the County defence, before curling the ball into the corner of the net.

County attempted to push on and grab an equaliser, but were unable to get past Craig Gordon. ...
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The Hoops book a Scottish League Cup final place with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of Moussa Dembele


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Scottish League Cup semi-final
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Sunday October 23, 2016


CELTIC - 1
(Dembele 87)


THE RANGERS - 0...