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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

Hartson backs Celtic to win the treble once again

Hartson backs Celtic to win the treble once again Celtic and Brendan Rodgers are being backed to win yet another domestic treble this season. Writing in the Evening Times, former Hoops star and Scottish football pundit John Hartson believes that Rangers will provide a stern test for Celtic, but admits he cannot see anything but more success for the club in the immediate future. “Celtic won’t be craning their neck to look over the fence. They’ll be wanting to simply go and win their own games and concentrate on what it is that they need to do. But I believe it is a genuine title challenge and I also believe that Celtic will be strong enough to prevail and come out on top.” Hartson went on to add: “And, of course, having won the Betfred League Cup on Sunday the whole focus now will really be on a Treble Treble.” “The players won’t discuss it, the manager will bat it away at every turn and when you are in the team in a situation like that the last thing you really want to do is lose your focus by getting too carried away with yourself.” “But the fans will talk about it now. They want it, they’ll dream of it and from where I stand, I think Celtic can do it.” Rangers moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership over the weekend, with Celtic not in action domestically as they faced Aberdeen in the League Cup final. Steven Gerrard’s side sit a point above the Hoops, who dropped down to second but do boast a game in hand over their rivals. Talk of a third consecutive treble-winning season was sparked after the Hoops secured their first trophy of the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen at Hampden Park.

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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,”

Memisevic confirms Celtic contact as he weighs up move

Memisevic confirms Celtic contact as he weighs up move Samir Memisevic has confirmed that Celtic have made contact over a move and he is weighing up his options. As reported by the Daily Record, the Groningen defender has revealed that Brendan Rodgers’ side are interested in signing him. Memisevic has long been linked with a move to Celtic after impressing in the Netherlands. Celtic fans will have fond memories of the Dutch club as it was the same team that Virgil van Dijk made the move from to join the Hoops. While rumours of a move to Scotland have slowed down of late, with the January window approaching Memisevic has revealed that he needs to weigh up a move away. “As far as Celtic is concerned, there was contact.However, there is still nothing concrete been offered. So for the moment it’s just talk. But there are a lot of other clubs interested too because my contract expires soon.” “Groningen want to extend my contract and have offered me a new three-year deal. For me, it’s a very important time and I need to think very carefully about what is the best option for me and my career.” Celtic are likely to be in the market for a central defender over the coming months. With Filip Benkovic only on loan from Leicester City and Dedryck Boyata still yet to put to paper on a new deal, the Hoops could lose two senior defenders at the end of the season.

The Hoops face Barcelona and Manchester City in their remaining games. Mikael Lustig is taking heart from Celtic 's win over Barca four years ago. 'We' re coming to places like this and getting results but we want to come to grounds like these and try to win 'Sometimes you play, sometimes you don ' t .

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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Celtic boosted as Brown travels with the squad for Rosenborg clash.
Scott Brown has handed Celtic a fitness boost after joining the rest of his team-mates in flying to Norway for the game against Rosenborg. The Daily Record has hinted that Brown could be in contention to feature for the Hoops on Thursday night after recently returning to training. Brown took part in a full training session early Wednesday morning before joining the rest of the squad on the midweek trip to Norway, as confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account. The midfielder has not featured for the Hoops since the victory against Hibernian in late October. Brendan Rodgers has been keen to manage the player carefully and could look to give the club captain some minutes off the bench on Thursday night. Celtic will be fully aware of the importance of the meeting with Rosenborg, who themselves have already confirmed that they’ll be playing a weakened side. Rodgers’ men need a positive result in order to give themselves the best possible chance of qualifying out of the group.

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