Sport Celtic face competition as they look to sign Patrick Twumasi

15:11  05 december  2017
15:11  05 december  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Team news: Paris Saint-Germain vs Celtic

  Team news: Paris Saint-Germain vs Celtic Celtic could secure their place in the Europa League after Christmas when they face Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night. A draw in France in the penultimate Champions League group stage game could guarantee the Scottish sides place in European football beyond Christmas, but PSG will also be out to secure top spot in Group B. The odds of securing a result will be stacked heavily against Brendan Rodgers’ side after the Parisian side hammered them 5-0 the last time the two sides met in September at Celtic Park. Both sides won their domestic games at the weekend and remain top of their domestic leagues, as Celtic beat Ross County 1-0, while Unai Emery’s side beat Nates 4-1. Celtic Jozo Simunovic was on the bench at the weekend having recovered from a hamstring injury and may return to the starting line up if Rodgers deems him fit enough to play. Patrick Roberts travelled to Paris and is building up fitness as he recovers from a hamstring injury of his own and could return to the squad. Erik Sviatchenko is fully fit but has yet to return to the squad and has fallen down the pecking order behind Nir Bitton in the heart of the defence. Anthony Ralston remains out with a knee problem that has kept him out of action since the end of September. Paris Saint-Germain Thomas Meunier missed Saturday’s game through injury and the right-back will return to the squad, but midfielder Thiago Motta is out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury. Central defender Presnel Kimpembe missed Saturday’s win through suspension and is available again for the midweek clash. Kylian Mbappe was an unused sub at the weekend as Emery rotated the squad to give the teenage sensation time to recover after 12 consecutive starts for the club.

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Where Celtic seem to struggle, however, is in European competition . The media suggests that Celtic are in on a new striker, particularly the services of Astana attacker Patrick Twumasi . Celtic blank Morton, will face Rangers in semi-finals. Celtic make bank from Champions League.

Celtic are interested in signing FC Astana striker Patrick Twumasi but they won’t get a free run at him, according to a report from Ghanaian outlet Kick GH.

The 23-year-old has scored 44 goals in 123 games for the Kazakhstani side and Celtic have had scouts watching him, but they aren’t the only team with an eye on him.

Stuttgart are in the market for a new striker too and they are also interested in the Ghanaian international and they are weighing up a possible move for him in January.

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Celtic first became aware of Twumasi when he scored against them in the Champions League qualifiers back in August and they’ve kept tabs on him ever since.

Sutton: Celtic need "better players" to compete in Europe

  Sutton: Celtic need Ex-Celtic player and current football pundit Chris Sutton believes that Celtic have to recruit better players into the squad if they want to challenge in European competition after the “embarrassing” 7-1 defeat against Paris Saint Germain, as per a report on the Daily Record. Rodgers tried to take the positives from the heavy defeat but Sutton believes that the manager has shown too much faith in some of the players even after they have been proved to be mediocre at an elite level. “If there’s any criticism of Rodgers it’s that if you don’t recruit then you will just stand still and he’s killing himself by being too loyal to players who have been found out at elite level.” “Of course if you sign better central defenders then you’ll have a better chance of competing against the top sides.” Celtic lost 7-0 to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League last season and Sutton believes Rodgers did not learn his lesson and had to sign top central defenders to cope with the best teams in the world. “With better players you have a better chance. It’s as simple as that. The argument that another centre half wouldn’t make a difference stance doesn’t stack up. You have to bring in better quality and the facts are Jozo Simunovic is promising but heavily injury prone and can’t be relied upon.” Sutton also revealed that it’s down to the club and how much ambition they want to show in the transfer market but he believes that until more quality is brought in, Celtic will not succeed in the competition.

Scottish side Celtic will have to battle with Turkish club Bursaspor to sign Ghana striker Patrick Twumasi from Kazakh side Astana. But Celtic could look to test Astana’s resolve with a January bid for the Ghana international.

Scottish side Celtic will have to battle with Turkish club Bursaspor to sign Ghana striker Patrick Twumasi from Kazakh side Astana. But Celtic could look to test Astana’s resolve with a January bid for the Ghana international.

The Bundesliga side can not offer him European football, but with competition for places strong at Celtic, he could choose to turn down a move to Celtic Park in favour of going somewhere where he’s more likely to feature in the first team on a regular basis.

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Team news: Celtic v Hamilton .
Brendan Rodgers will look for his side to put all their efforts into domestic matters after learning their European fate, starting with Hamilton on Wednesday. Having been drawn against Zenit St Petersburg on Monday, Celtic will only have to focus on the league this side of Christmas as the festive period draws near. The Hoops lost a two goal lead to Hibernian at the weekend, but extended their lead at the top of the table to five points with a game in hand over second place. Hamilton haven’t won a game since their trip to Ibrox last month and currently sit ninth in the league table. Celtic Patrick Roberts will be out until 2018 with a hamstring that has plagued him since his return to Glasgow at the end of August. Anthony Ralston is training again and won’t need surgery on a meniscus problem that has kept him out of action since September. Hamilton The Accies have no injury concerns going into the game.

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