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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...
Mind the gap

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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. ...
Mark Warburton's Tragic Hat

The Hoops book a Scottish League Cup final place with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of Moussa Dembele


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Le Patron

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


CELTIC - 1
(Dembele 87)


THE RANGERS - 0...
Celts suffer hammer blow to European hopes


UEFA Champions League

Celtic Park, Glasgow

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Celtic – 0

Borussia Mönchengladbach – 2 (Stindl 57, Hahn 77)



In a game that was deemed as a must win for Celtic if they were to have any realistic chance of qualifying for European competition beyond Christmas, they were dealt a hammer blow in what was a classy and efficient performance by their German opposition. Inspired by playmaker Lars Stindl, Die Fohlen very much stamped their authority on the game from an early stage and were comfortable in their 0-2 victory. The result means that Celtic need to overcome a two-point deficit against the Germans and a loss in the reverse fixture in just under a fortnight would all but end Celtic’s chances of qualifying for the Europa League last 32 after the New Year.

The German outfit were under no illusions as to the difficulty of the task they would face in Glasgow on Wednesday night, where Celtic had put high flying Manchester City to the sword in a six-goal thriller three weeks previously. Andre Schubert had spoken prior to the game about how his players would need to show a ‘monster’ mentality if they wanted to achieve a positive result against Celtic, particularly as they were missing five key players from their squad through injury. If it was a monster mentality that he sought from his players, then he received a reaction resembling that of Frankenstein. While several top European teams have crumbled before at Celtic Park, ‘Gladbach remained resolute throughout, while expressing the qualities that earned them a top four finish in the German Bundesliga last season.

Celtic had two opportunities within the opening few moments of the game, the first coming inside two minutes when Moussa Dembélé spotted the diagonal run of Englishman Scott Sinclair, whose cross was eventually well claimed by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Less than...
Cautious optimism - Celtic v Borussia Mönchengladbach match preview

Can the Hoops pick up their first win of the group?

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The win over Motherwell was business as usual for Celtic at the weekend, now the attention turns to Europe as Celtic seek to pick up their first win of the Champions League group stage. Borussia Mönchengladbach are unfamiliar opponents, with Celtic having never played them in a competitive match. The Bundesliga side currently sit 8th in the table, with 11 points from 7 games. Their league record thus far is 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats, with a neutral goal difference, 10 scored, 10 conceded.

In the Champions League, the Germans have lost both of their opening group stage matches, versus Manchester City and Barcelona. A rejuvinated Manchester City, under Pep Guardiola, put 4 goals past Mönchengladbach, with Sergio 'Kun' Aguero grabbing a hat trick. In their next match, against Barcelona, they took the lead, only for Barcelona to come back and win the game 2-1.

Considering Celtic were on the receiving end of a 7-0 thrashing against Barcelona, taking the lead then narrowly losing to Barcelona is an indication of the quality that Borussia Mönchengladbach obviously possess. Celtic did restore pride and belief with a well earned 3-3 draw with the English league leaders
at Parkhead, in their second match. Celtic can possibly count themselves unlucky to have not taken more from that match, but the same could be said of Manchester City. What it proved is that this Celtic squad can compete with the best clubs in Europe, on their day.
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