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Celtic vs. Motherwell

Betfred League Cup Final

Sunday 26th November

Kick-off: 15:00

BT Sport 1

On the 27th November 2016, Brendan Rodgers guided his Celtic side to their first silverware of the season and began the march towards a historic, undefeated treble. This Sunday, on the 26th November 2017, he’ll once again lead his Invincibles out on to Hampden’s pitch with the aim of repeating that feat.

Sunday’s final will also have an added dimensions for both sides, as it also happens to be the first meeting between Celtic and Motherwell this season and the first in a trilogy of matches against the Steelmen in the space of a week. So whoever wins the final on Sunday, will also be setting the tone for the subsequent matches.


The main topic of discussion regarding Celtic heading in to Sunday’s final is that of injuries and potential absentees.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed during his press conference on Friday that Mikael Lustig and the man that replaced him on Wednesday night, Nir Bitton, are both doubts heading in to Sunday’s clash. Whilst Bitton has largely served as an emergency centre back during our recent injury crisis, and was unlikely to be chosen ahead of a fully fit Boyata or Simunovic anyway, Lustig is pretty much our undisputed right back As such, that raises the question of who will replace him should he fail to recover in time for Sunday?

The obvious choice would be Cristian Gamboa, an experienced player in his own right, and, more importantly our only fully fit right back (Anthony Ralston is not in contention, as he's still rehabilitating following his knee injury) . However, the Costa Rican international has struggled to get minutes on the pitch since arriving the last summer. That in turn raises the question of whether the manager will give Gamboa the nod,...

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Sinclair (28'), Dembele (72') Anderson OG (75') Ntcham (89')

McDiarmid Park
Saturday 4th November 2017
Ladbrokes Premiership
Round 12

CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB are a side well versed to breaking records and today will now go down as another one to celebrate in the unbroken history of the side from the East End of Glasgow. Goals from Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele, an Anderson OG, as well as a crisp Olivier Ntcham strike, catapulted the Hoops towards breaking a 100-year old British record, which was set way back in 1917 by the club's very own legend Willie Maley and his mythical squad. Since Brendan Rodgers arrived over 18 months ago, he has transformed this club from top to bottom, improving not only the 1st team squad but also managing to have a profound effect on the already fantastic youth set up at Lennoxtown. This record though - a staggering 63 games unbeaten - is without doubt the most glittering testament to his managerial ability, and one which, as a Celtic fan himself, he will cherish.

Now, if you are going to break a record such as this one, it is best to do it in style, and that is exactly what the Celts done, pounding Tommy Wright's side for the full 90 and racking up over 27 efforts on goal in the process. As per usual, possession was dominated by Celtic from the outset, who did not look overly fatigued following their mammoth effort against Bayern Munich mid-week. However, this might not come as too much of a surprise, due to Rodgers' outstanding record in games following European ties, a challenge which, under past gaffers, was often a lot more difficult.

Despite their early domination, it took the Hoops 28 minutes to find the breakthrough, with the goal coming...
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Tierney (13') Dembele (38', 63')

Pittodrie Stadium
Wednesday 25th October 2017
SPFL Premiership
Round 10
THE Northern lights of old Aberdeen are still well and truly on the blink following tonight's entertainment at Pittodrie, as Brendan Rodgers' Celtic once again came up trumps in a big test, to move 3 points clear of their nearest rivals for the first time this season. A blistering strike from Kieran Tierney was followed by a deadly Dembele double, as the Frenchman continues his return to form after a lengthy lay-off. The win sees the Hoops consolidate their lead at the summit of the league, while further adding to their lengthy, unbeaten domestic run, which now stands at a staggering 61 games.

In the run up to this evening's game, all the talk was of a tight, closely contested affair being in store, with nothing to separate the two sides at the top of the table prior to the 19:45 kick off. Aberdeen had been on an 11-game unbeaten streak prior to tonight, and if ever Celtic's run was to end, many would have looked at this game on the fixture list and highlighted it as the perfect moment. However, in truth, after the 90 minutes have been and gone, Derek McInnes' Aberdeen side can walk away from the stadium knowing they have been taught a footballing lesson by a far superior Celtic team in front of a packed Pittodrie crowd.

The Dons have only a 5 minute spell at the beginning of the match to look back on as highlights, as after that short period, Rodgers and his invincible's firmly exerted their control on the game. After murmours of fatigue being shown during the weekends game against Hibs at Hampden, there was anything but on show tonight. The Celts' passing was crisp, their movement fluid,...
Celtic fans officially voted Best Fans in the World


At an awards ceremony in London, tonight, Celtic fans were awarded the Fifa fan award, officially crowning the Celtic support as the best fans in the world.

We already knew this, of course. The 50th anniversary display, for the Lisbon Lions is the event that managed to clinch the award for the Hoops faithful.


From St.Mary's church in 1887, until the present day and everything in between, 129 years of unbroken history has always been backed by unwavering support. The phrase 'More Than A Club' has become a football cliche, but it's simply the only adequate explanation when discussing Celtic.


18/10/17, 19:45, Allianz Arena


Celtic travel to Germany this week for matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League as they take on 5 time winners Bayern Munich.

The German champions have enjoyed a period of dominance in the German Bundesliga stretching back over the last few years, but have endured an indifferent start to their domestic season this time round; a start which cost the Italian Carlo Ancellotti his job as head coach of the German powerhouses.

Despite the recent arrival of fan favourite at Bayern, Jupp Heynckes, Celtic will feel that now is as good a time as any to face a side that has cemented itself as being recognised as one of the best in the world over the last few seasons.

Hoop fans can take solace in the fact that despite their crushing opening defeat to PSG on Matchday one of the tournament in Glasgow, the French side were able to dismantle Bayern in similar fashion, winning the game in Paris 3-0.

After the impressive 0-3 victory in Brussels, the Bhoys placed one foot firmly in European football beyond Christmas, so any sort of result in the two games against the German giants and the remaining fixture against PSG in Paris can be seen as an added bonus to what has already been a decent European campaign for the Scottish treble winners.


Brendan Rodgers without influential skipper Scott Brown for the weekends victory over Dundee at Celtic Park, along with Jozo Simunovic and Stuart Armstrong, however all three are expected to be fit to take part in Germany. Bayern aren’t without their own issues, with the recent news that Javier Martinez is unlikely to take part mounting to their injury list which notably includes stalwarts such as Manuel Neuer and Franck Ribery. Arturo Vidal, Bayern's combative Chilean midfielder is also a serious doubt...