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24-YEAR-OLD LIFTS POTY AWARD AS CELTIC STARS ENJOY WEEKEND

On-loan Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard was awarded the HJK Helsinki supporters player of the year as his side lifted the league title in Finland this weekend. It has been a top season for the Northern Ireland international, who helped his side to a sixth league title in the past seven years. Hazard played his final league game of the campaign on Sunday evening as HJK suffered a 1-0 defeat to KuPS. However, the current Finnish champions had already delivered the title the previous week and were instead in celebration mode following the end of the match.

Not only did the 24-year-old shot-stopper celebrate his team’s success, but he was also awarded his own personal award following the match. Hazard was awarded the player of the year by HJK Helsinki’s official supporter’s association for his contributions to the side’s title success. Before the Finnish Champions season is officially complete, Hazard has a few more games as a loan player as they play out their final two UEFA Europa League matches against AS Roma and Real Betis across the next few weeks.

CELTIC UNBEATEN RUN ENDED BY S/MIRREN

Holders Celtic suffered their first defeat in almost a year in the Scottish Premiership after they were surprisingly beaten by home team St. Mirren on Sunday. Celtic had not lost for 364 days before they took on St. Mirren last weekend. Ahead of the game, manager Ange Postecoglou and his players were heavy favourites to take the three points on offer. However, they failed to live up to that status after the game ended in defeat. The defending champions were handed a 2-0 defeat by their hosts.

St. Mirren produced their best performance of the season to see off Celtic thanks to a goal in each half. Scottish star Mark O’Hara gave St. Mirren the lead with two minutes left to play in the first half before English midfielder Jonah Ayungawrapped up the win for the home team in the second half. Ayunga scored eight minutes into the second half to seal the win for St. Mirren.
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MADRID START UCL DEFENCE SUCCESSFULLY

Spanish champions Real Madrid have started the defence of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) title successfully following their 3-0 away win over Celtic who are back in the group stage of the competition for the first time in five seasons.

Real Madrid are the reigning European champions after they won the Champions League title last season. The Carlo Ancelotti-led side beat Premier League heavyweights Liverpool by a lone goal in the final to win the competition last season thanks to the second half strike from Brazilian attacker Vinicius Junior.
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CELTIC EYEING FOURTH STRAIGHT LEAGUE WIN

Scottish champions Celtic are eyeing a fourth successive win at the start of the new Premiership season ahead of their home game with Hearts this weekend. Celtic are the team to beat in the Scottish top flight this season and they have started the season well with three wins from three games. The Ange Postecoglou-led team came make it four wins from four games if they beat Hearts at home when the two sides face each other for the first this season. The two teams will play each other for the first time this season on Sunday.

Ange Postecoglou has done a very good job since he was appointed the new Celtic manager last summer. In his first season, he led Celtic to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title from the hands of Rangers.

OPINION: JAMES MCCARTHY'S FUTURE AT CELTIC NOT LOOKING GREAT

Celtic almost certainly rounded off their midfield options for the foreseeable on Tuesday with the signing of Australia internationalist Aaron Mooy. The former St Mirren midfielder put pen to paper on a two-year deal to reunite with his former national team manager Ange Postecoglou. The move was welcomed by current Socceroos boss Graham Arnold, with Mooy now likely to see playing time ahead of the Qatar World Cup later this year. However, one player who could find more game time difficult because of the Aussie’s arrival is James McCarthy.

The former Hamilton midfielder ended years of speculation linking him with Celtic and finally moved back to Scotland from Crystal Palace last summer, but found opportunities limited, even with Celtic’s lack of midfield depth in the first half of the season. The former Ireland international made only six starts and 16 substitute appearances, rarely if ever looking capable of deputising for Callum McGregor when called upon.

CELTIC CAN IMPROVE ON LAST YEAR AFTER FIRST 90 MINUTES OF SEASON

Whilst last season might have ended wonderfully for Celtic with the team being crowned Premiership champions, the season didn’t start that way. As most Hoops fans will remember, the season started Premiership started poorly for Ange Postecoglou’s side as Celtic lost 2-1 to Hearts at Tynecastle, despite Anthony Ralston showing a sign of the season he would have with a superb goal. Thankfully the season ended up being a triumph for the Hoops, but there was a lot of concern at the start of last season, and suffering a defeat in the opening game of the season didn’t help.

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OPINION: CELTIC MAY HAVE FIRST-TEAM READY DEFENDER ON BOOKS IN 2023

After a lot of speculation, Celtic defender Liam Scales completed a season long loan deal to Aberdeen. The player has been a left-back in his time at Celtic Park, but Aberdeen boss Jim Goodwin has indicated that Scales will play as a centre-back in his one year at Pittodrie. Intriguingly, the Scales deal does not contain an option to buy, and as it stands, Scales will return to Celtic in 2023, and it will be interesting to see just how the former Shamrock Rovers talent performs whilst on loan.

The 23-year-old could still have a career at Celtic if he performs well in his loan deal. It would be a real bonus for the Hoops if Scales is a stand-out for Aberdeen over the next 12 months, as it would mean that the Bhoys have another player in the squad that is capable of playing for the first-team on a regular basis. As it stands, Scales won’t be getting regular first-team football at Celtic, as he is behind Greg Taylor in the left-back position, and the Hoops look close to signing Alexandro Bernabei to add more depth to the left-back role.
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CELTIC HERO JURANOVIC RETURNS FROM INJURY WITH CROATIA

Celtic defender Josip Juranovic played his first match since mid-April tonight, starting for Croatia in their UEFA Nations League clash at home to Austria. Juranovic went off injured with a hamstring problem in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers and missed Celtic’s title run-in, absent for all five matches after the Scottish Premiership split. However, he was given the all-clear to return to his homeland and feature for Croatia in their run of three matches this month.

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GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST HAS HAD A FAILED SEASON AGAINST CELTIC

Now that Rangers have failed to win the Europa League, it’s time for Giovanni van Bronckhorst to own up to his failings this year. Back at the start of the season, losing the league was unthinkable. A total disaster given the automatic UCL spot that was at stake. Almost impossible too given how big a rebuild Celtic had.


Van Bronckhorst actually had the pleasure of walking into the job with a 6-point lead over Celtic too. The Hoops were just getting started under Ange, with the Rangers manager starting from a position of strength.
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CELTIC: TRANSFER FEE REVEALED FOR JOTA

Scottish giants Celtic will reportedly have to pay a significant portionof their summer's transfer budget to sign Jota from Benfica on a permanent deal. Celtic signed Jota on loan from Portuguese giants Benficaat the start of the season. The Portuguese attacker signed a season-long loan deal at Celtic last summer.

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