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SportHoops star - "You don't refuse a club like Celtic"

17:30  06 december  2018
17:30  06 december  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Rodgers confirms Celtic are working on plans for January

Rodgers confirms Celtic are working on plans for January Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the club are putting plans in place for the January transfer window. When quizzed on any potential January activating, Rodgers admitted that the Hoops are looking closely at what the club needs with the window rapidly approaching. As reported on the club’s official Twitter account, Rodgers is quoted saying: “We’re assessing targets in the areas we want to strengthen and improve. January is always an important window.” Many have called for Celtic to strengthen in January following an unfortunate run of injuries that have ruled out of a number of first-team players. Daniel Arzani and Eboue Kouassi are unlikely to play against this season after suffering long-term injuries, while there are still concerns surrounding the fitness of Leigh Griffiths and Scott Brown among others. Griffiths’ fitness worries has left a goalscoring burden on club-record signing Odsonne Edouard and the Hoops may look to add another striker to their ranks in the new year. Rodgers has been forced to really make use out of his entire squad this season and he’ll be hopeful that the injury problems are behind him.

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Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard has been setting the world alight this year with his performances at Parkhead.

The 20-year-old saw his move to Celtic made permanent in the summer, having spent the 2017-18 season on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

It wasn’t a particularly hard decision for the French U19 international to make the move, either.

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Speaking to Onze Mondial (translated by the gosh-darn fantastic boys and girls at Sport Witness), Edouard said:

“I needed to go for on a new project, change of air. I was stuck at PSG. There were great players in my position,”

Brendan Rodgers backs James Forrest to become a Celtic great

Brendan Rodgers backs James Forrest to become a Celtic great Brendan Rodgers believes James Forrest can find greatness as a Celtic player, saying he could become one of the “most decorated” Hoops of all time. Forrest is in a rich vein of form at the moment, scoring a hat-trick for Scotland in their 3-2 win over Israel on Tuesday and netting twice against Albania last weekend. The 27-year-old has achieved great things at Celtic since his debut back in 2010, winning seven Scottish Premiership titles and making 312 appearances. Speaking to reporters, Rodgers has lauded his attacking star, tipping him to go down as one of the club’s true greats, in terms of success: “I think because of James’s personality, he just drifts along really, but he’s one of these players who people will say, ‘b—– h—, look what he’s won and look how many games he’s played’.” “He could end up one of the most decorated Celtic players of all time. He’s already in the top 10 in terms of trophies and he’s got more to win.” “He’s enjoying this moment and he’s so deserving of it because he’s a very under-rated player for me.” “He’s got a style that’s a little bit languid at times but think about how quickly he had to break up the pitch to get the second goal for Scotland.” “He’s a brilliant asset for the club and he really is a joy to watch.” The form of Forrest has been key to Celtic’s recent resurgence in the league, with the champions slowly returning to the Premiership’s summit. The Hoops return to action with a trip to Hamilton on Saturday lunchtime, hoping to pull away from Hearts and Rangers.

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The midfield genius fears Hoops will sell off their aces — as they done with the likes of Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama. “Quality players will not want to join a club where they see the best players are sold every summer. “The Celtic side that had success against Barcelona lost their top players to the

“As I am young, I needed regular playing time and therefore to find a new base. I decided to leave PSG to give a new impetus to my young career. I also needed to leave my hometown and my family environment. I needed to try something else.”

Edouard made 29 appearances in his first season in Scottish football, and has already made 22 so far this campaign, as he does his bit to make up for the loss of Moussa Dembele.

When asked why he chose Celtic, the French Guinean native said:

“I chose them firstly because they’re a big club that plays in Europe every year. I had a long chat with the manager. He explained his project and what he wanted to do with me.”

“I appreciated what he had to say, I had a good feeling about it. From that moment, I immediately accepted to come. I needed a new challenge. You don’t refuse a club like Celtic.”

With comments like this going alongside his performances on the pitch, it’s not hard to see why Odsonne Edouard is becoming a fan-favourite amongst the Bhoys faithful!

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Valencia draw is good news for Celtic says ex-keeper Rough.
Celtic have been given a good Europa League draw, according to the club’s former goalkeeper Alan Rough. Speaking to PLZ Soccer, as cited on Inside Futbol, Rough explains why the Hoops will be hopeful going into their two-legged tie with Spanish side Valencia. Monday’s draw put the Scottish champions against the struggling La Liga outfit, with many believing that the Hoops have a good chance of advancing into the next round. “They haven’t got a team who are in form and they have won only three of their 16 league games. We all know the history: they are a good side and they are playing betting quality than we have in our league, so there are quality players.” “Celtic will have to improve, especially after the midweek game, and when you are at European level, you have to improve your own game.” Valencia currently find themselves in the bottom of the Spanish top tier, with the club struggling this season. Despite starting the campaign in the Champions League, they have dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their group. Celtic will be wary that some of Valencia’s best performances have come in Europe this season, impressing during both games against Manchester United in the group stages of the Champions League.

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