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Celtic smash the league's newest club

Newly promoted The Rangers are blown off the park by the Scottish champions, in the first ever league meeting between the two sides.

SPFL Premiership
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Saturday September 10, 2016

(Dembele 33, 42, 83, Sinclair 61, Armstrong 89)

(Garner 45)


It was a joyous day for Celtic as the team completely dominated the SPFL new boys, with new signing Moussa Dembele grabbing a 'perfect' hattrick, scoring goals with his head and both of his feet.

The Rangers, clearly inferior in quality, sat deep, hoping to absorb the Celtic pressure before trying to catch the champions on the counter attack. The Bhoys were looking for an early goal, but the visitors managed to stand firm.

That was until the 33rd minute, when an corner came in, Dembele's movement left him unmarked and he powered a header in off the post.


Parkhead erupted as Celtic got a deserved goal from their domination of the game. It only took another 9 minutes for Celtic to double their lead. The Rangers' slack passing was pounced upon and a through ball to Dembele saw him dribble with the ball into the box, before cutting the ball back past Senderos, chipping a ball into the corner of the net with his right foot.

Dembele, starting because of an injury to the free scoring Leigh Griffiths, was giving Brendan Rodgers a selection headache that every manager wants. Which of his superb strikers does he play?

Two minutes after Celtic's second, Sevco pulled a goal back, briefly lifting their hopes. A...
Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C vs Celtic: Match Preview

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Tuesday 23rd August, 2016
Turner Stadium, Beersheba
Champions League Play-off round, 2nd leg
KO 19:45
BT Sport 2

Brendan Rodgers and his Celtic side are just 90 minutes away from making a triumphant return to the Champions League group stages. After 3 years away, all Hoops fans are desperate to once again have the chance to face up against Europe's premier clubs and following a convincing 5-2 win last Wednesday, it would take a huge collapse in Israel for it not to happen now.

Ironically, the Celtic side who flew out from Glasgow today are having to travel closer to the Middle East than Europe in order to earn their right to sit at the top table once more. The city of Beersheba sits just 26 miles from the Gaza strip in the Southern part of Israel, an area well known throughout the years as being politically unstable. Hapoel's Turner Stadium has only recently been opened and looks very similar to Tynecastle, funnily enough. It sits deep within the baron looking Negev desert so any Celtic fans travelling over are likely to feel a long way from home.

Look familiar? Be'er Sheva's Turner Stadium

As previously mentioned, the Israeli's have an almighty job on their hands in this 2nd leg. Celtic were relentless for the vast majority of the 1st leg in Glasgow and barring two severe lapses in concentration from the home side in the space of only 5 minutes, Hapoel rarely threatened. In truth, they are lucky to still only be 3 down heading into this, with Scott Sinclair missing a glorious chance on the 86th minute to truly finish the tie. Most expect Celtic to go over to Israel and see...
A rollercoaster ride!​

Celtic smash 5 goals past Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Champions League playoff, 1st leg.

UEFA Champions League
Play-off first-leg
Wednesday August 17, 2016
Celtic Park

(Rogic 9, Griffiths 39, 45, Dembele 73, Brown 86)

(Maranhao 55, Mellikson 57)


What a result! Celtic blitz Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the first half, then recover from two sloppy goals to restore a comfortable lead. The game finished 5-2 and in truth Celtic could have scored more.

The game began at a fast pace, with Celtic looking to make full use of the home advantage in the first leg. Little was known about Hapoel Be'er Sheva before the match, but having eliminated Greek side Olympiakos in the previous round, they were given the respect they deserved.

Some of the pre-match build up was side tracked with many focusing on the issue of flying Palestinian flags inside and outside the stadium. The support of solidarity with the Palestinian people was fantastic but once the game got underway, it was all about the football.


The playoff sees the return of the Champions League music to Paradise, and every Celt inside the stadium is desperate to hear more of it this season, especially the players. The attitude and determination on display from the Hoops squad was fantastic. There's a belief and level of commitment, instilled by Brendan Rodgers that is evident for all to see.

Careful signings since arriving at the start of the summer have taken a squad that was bereft of confidence, to a team capable of blasting in 10 goals in the previous two competitive matches. The impact of Rodgers' management has been utterly delightful.

Celtic's earliest chance in the match came from...

Wednesday 17th June

Kick-Off: 19:45

Celtic Park

BT Sport 2

Following a 2-0 defeat to Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup, Celtic now turn their attention to a game of far greater importance – the first leg of the Champions League Playoff. After navigating their way past Astana in the previous round, Celtic now face Hapoel Be’er Sheva, the champions of Israel.

With a place in the Champions League Group Stage at stake, and the financial windfall that brings, these next two games will define the rest of the season – for better, or for worse.


Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his side are well out of sight come the final whistle on Wednesday evening, rather than having to travel to Israel with it all to do. So who will the manager turn to in order to make this a reality?

In all likelihood the side that dismantled Motherwell in the League Cup will be similar, if not identical, to the one that starts against Be’er Sheva; with most of those players being rested for the Inter Milan game.

Could Scott Sinclair be the man to lead Celtic to victory?

Recent signing Scott Sinclair is arguably the man of the moment, having proven himself a potent attacking threat since signing from Aston Villa earlier this month. Sinclair has so far managed to score two goals in as many appearances, and will undoubtedly be hoping to continue that trend on Wednesday.

Elsewhere on the pitch, and following on from his fantastic match winning penalty against Astana, Moussa Dembele manged to rack up a couple of goals against Motherwell, including his first from open play. The confidence that such a goal brings can only be a positive heading in to...
5 star Celts

Celtic breeze past Motherwell in one sided League Cup encounter.

Celtic - 5
Motherwell - 0

Celtic Park

It was a great night for the new bhoys Sinclair and Dembele, who continued to display why Brendan Rodgers was eager to sign them. Dembele confidently putting away another penalty along with scoring his first goal from open play for the Scottish champions.

The scoring was opened by Tom Rogic after a lovely chipped pass into the Motherwell box from Callum McGregor. Rogig spinning on his heel, controlled the ball in the air with his right before dispatching a volley into the top right corner of the net.

Rogic opens the scoring

As Celtic's 40 goal galactico was suspended this evening, it was up to the other attackers to step up and be counted. Motherwell started with a 5-3-2 formation, clearly aiming to park the bus and frustrate Celtic. However, Celtic's attacking display throughout the match was nothing short of brilliant. By the end of the game, Celtic had notched up no fewer than 26 attempts on the Motherwell goal and could have easily scored another couple of goals.

Celtic's penalty was debated by the live commentary team of Chris Sutton and Stephen Craigan. Scott Sinclair was pushed over in the box with an arm to the back, a stonewall penalty.

It it wasn't for Craig Samson in the Motherwell goal, Celtic would have had another couple of goals either side of half time.

Scott Sinclair, buzzing the entire game, showed his quality and on 61 minutes cut inside from the left to score a stunning scooped shot past Samson's left hand side of the goal.

Three minutes after this, Moussa Dembele scored his first goal from open play for...