Damien Duff on his way to Paradise after accepting Celtic coaching role
Damien Duff will return to the UK next month to fill the vacant coaching role with Celtic's reserve team. The former Ireland winger has spent the last two seasons as head coach of Shamrock Rovers' U-15s.
Following Shaun Maloney's departure as Celtic reserve team assistant manager in September, Duff was encouraged to apply for the vacancy by first-team manager Brendan Rodgers.
The pair are familiar with each other from the time Rodgers was working in the academy at Chelsea, where Duff won two Premier League titles.
It is understood the Dubliner was preferred over four other candidates and was at Parkhead on Thursday to watch Celtic's Europa League tie against Red Bull Salzburg.
Duff will take up the position with the club's second string on a full-time...
IN: GK - Scott Bain (Dundee: Out of Contract - Free)
ST - Odsonne Edouard (PSG - "the biggest transfer in Celtic’s history")
LB - Emilio Izaguirre (Al-Fayha: Out of Contract - Free)
DM - Youssouf Mulumbu (Free)
OUT: CB - Erik Sviatchenko (Undisclosed - FC Midtjylland)
LM - Patrick Roberts (Man City - Loan Expired)
AM - Charly 'we hardly knew ya' Musonda (Chelsea - Loan Terminated)
AM - Stuart Armstrong (Southampton - 7m)
ST - Nadir Ciftci (Released into the wild)
ST - Moussa Dembele (Lyon - 18m)
IN: LW - Daniel Arzani (Man City) CB - Filip Benkovic (Leicester City)
LW - Calvin Miller (Dundee)
RETURNED: LW - Lewis Morgan
AM - Ryan Christie
AM - Scott...
Kieran Tierney has shrugged off the attention from the big guns down south as he’s only targeting firing Celtic to the double treble.
The Hoops star is being watched by a raft of top sides in the English Premier League with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho topping the list of admirers.
Old Trafford scouts have set up camp at Parkhead this season to keep tabs on the 20-year-old and were in the Hampden stands as Brendan Rodgers’s men hammered Rangers on Sunday but Tierney has constantly insisted his heart is set on home.
The Scotland ace penned a bumper new six-year deal earlier in the season and is determined to keep racking up the silverware.
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Celts can seal the Premiership at Hibs on Saturday – and close out Scottish...
Scott Sinclair: I'm happy at Celtic and I'm here to stay
FORGET the back-page rumours - everything is still wonderful, beautiful and magical in Paradise for Scott Sinclair. The Englishman was bemused to read suggestions in the press that he wasn’t happy at Celtic after returning to Glasgow from a short break with his family during the international week.
The truth is simple: Sinclair loves the club, and he and his young family are happy and settled in Scotland. Leave? Out of the question. He wants to be here for 10 –in-a-row!
And speaking exclusively to the matchday programme for this weekend’s game against Ross County, Sinclair was keen to set the record straight and reassure the Hoops faithful his full focus is on hitting top gear again and finishing the season with a flourish.
“It was just speculation and maybe because I didn’t play...
Nothing compares to the raw and rugged brilliance of Scottish football It may be unfashionable but Scottish football has a beauty you won’t find at PSG or on Barcelona’s tourist-filled stands
Odsonne Edouard celebrates after scoring Celtic’s winner at Rangers on Saturday. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA
In 1992, when I was a thrusting young(ish) reporter on the Scotsman, my then girlfriend (and now wife) and I went on holiday to the west coast of the United States. We were walking down the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California, when we came across an international newspaper stand – a relic of the pre-internet age that offered ye olde worlde travellers a link back to the homeland, albeit with the immediacy we would all associate with Kris Commons...
The Celtic Star podcasts are golden. If gold is too rich for your blood you can go for entry level bronze by checking out the interview with me blathering about the season so far. As there is no game fill yer ears with this Enjoy! HH
We are joined on this podcast extra by Alan Morrison. Alan is the man behind the Celtic By Numbers website, so as you can guess we are going to be talking stats and how they can tell the story of Celtic’s Season so far.
We discuss our drop in performance this season, the creative hole caused by injuries, why we should be singing songs for the return of Stuart Armstrong, the Scott Sinclair situation, the problems of making too many changes, the case for the defence, Simunovic v Boyata, Olivier Ntcham’s influence and importance to the team and finally we admit that Kristoffer Ajer is the new Virgil Van...
Celtic left it late to complete the deadline day signing of Dundee defender Jack Hendry last night.
Brendan Rodgers was determined to get his man and the fact the Hoops shelled out a fee which could reach £1.5m and handed the player a four-and-a-half year contract shows just how highly the Parkhead boss rates the 22-year-old.
Celtic were relentless in their pursuit of the defender after Rodgers first earmarked him as a star last year and a close inspection of his performances and statistics shows exactly why.
Rodgers has instilled a style of play on the champions with a strict emphasis on playing the ball from the back and retaining possession.
CELTIC are delighted to announce that highly-rated attacking midfielder, Charly Musonda, has joined the club on an 18-month loan deal from Chelsea.
The Belgian Under-21 internationalist has been a much sought-after player in this transfer window, with many of Europe’s top clubs keen to take him on loan. However, both the player and his parent club believe that his football development will be best served at Celtic Park under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers.
The Celtic manager is a long-time admirer of Charly Musonda, and is delighted to have added the 21-year-old to his first team squad. Charly came through the youth ranks at Anderlecht before joining Chelsea back in 2012.
He has made seven appearances for the Chelsea first-team, scoring one goal in a League Cup win over Nottingham Forest last September, while he also spent a year on loan with Real Betis in Spain.
I showed in the last article how injuries to the mostcreative players simultaneously, rather than volume of injuries, is hamperingCeltic’s league form. Roberts has missed more than anyone. What impact does hisabsence have on performance?
As Scottish football goes in to brief status of hiatus in the early weeks of January, fans tend to fill the gap of the winter break by discussing transfer gossip, possible singings, the dissapointment which would accompany losing their star player to the vultures circling down south, and how their squad is likely to shape up for the second half of the season. This year however another talking point for fans has once again reared its head.
I suspect that the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 (OBA) needs no introduction. Most fans know of its existence, plenty will have heard the arguments for and against it and too many have felt its impact having been harassed...
Frozen corner and some eejit has called off the zombie game. Zombies are going nuts and demanding to know who called it off. Turns out it was their team that demanded a pitch inspection as they didnt fancy the look of it.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers expects to bring in more players but central defender looks unlikely
For those Celtic fans still eagerly trawling social media sites for hints and clues about the possibility of further signings, there was some good news yesterday afternoon as Brendan Rodgers reaffirmed that he would still like to make a few new additions before the end of the current window.
It is not, however, looking as though the much coveted centre-half will arrive before the end of the month.
With Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic committed to the club until the end of the season when Boyata will be allowed to walk away from the club for nothing and Benkovic will return to parent side Leicester City, there was an expectation that a central...