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Yaya Toure open to the possibility of joining Celtic

Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure has refused to rule out a potential move to Celtic this month. The Ivory Coast international is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Olympiacos and this has witnessed him linked with a number of high-profile European clubs including Celtic.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Toure highlighted that Celtic are a ‘great team’ but he would need to hold discussions with Brendan Rodgers first to know whether the team have a place for him, he quipped: “Celtic is a great team, but let me speak to Brendan and we will see. Who knows, maybe Kolo is arranging something for me behind the scenes. We will see. I have been playing in the Premier League and for me it’s been the most enjoyable. But we never know, maybe I can end up in Scotland or back in England. I want maybe one more year at a high level.”

Toure was initially expected to retire from the game with Olympiacos whom he joined on a multi-year deal during the summer. However, he could not make much of an impact with the Greek heavyweights and this meant that he mutually parted ways with the club during the month of December.

Rodgers on Boyata

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said that he is happy that DedryckBoyata will be staying at the club until the end of the season at least. He said that he is an important member of the team and that it is great news for him that he has committed himself until at least the end of the season.

The Belgium defender will be out of contract at the end of the season and his agent has already informed Celtic that he will not be signing a new deal with them. The player is free to speak to foreign clubs but it appears that he will not be moving during the January transfer window.

Rodgers: Celtic must improve

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has urged his players to improve on their performance after they just about sneaked into the round of 32 stage of the Europa League.

The Hoops appeared destined to bow out of the competition after trailing 2-0 to Salzburg at Parkhead heading into stoppage time but their blushes were saved after Rosenborg equalised dramatically in the other game at RB Leipzig.

Leicester City boss wants Filip Benkovic to remain at Celtic

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has said that he would prefer Filip Benkovic to stay put with Celtic for the remainder of the current season. The 21-year-old joined the Foxes from Dinamo Zagreb during the summer but he was thereafter loaned out to the Hoops for the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign.
Despite this, there have been suggestions that Benkovic could be recalled in the New Year amid his good run of form but Puel has ruled out the possibility of that happening, he said:“If there are no problems with injuries I’d like my players on loan to continue progressing and developing and to find their confidence and consistency.

“For me, it’s the right way for them and for us. I want players who are ready to play next season.It’s a great chance for Benkovic to play and come back with strength and good quality for us. He signed with Leicester to play in the Premier League. But this is a fantastic opportunity for him. If, for example, we have five or six centre backs we know it’s not possible to manage all of them.”

Rodgers Lauds Celtic’s 2-1 Victory over RB Leipzig

Brendan Rodgers claims that Celtic’s 2-1 success over this RB Leipzig in the Europa League ranks as one of the best performances of the Scottish team in European competitions. Celtic have not done well in Europe of late. The 5-2 success over Rosenborg has put RB Leipzig as the table leaders ahead of Celtic and RB Leipzig. There was a danger of Celtic losing out on the final qualification spot after the 2-0 defeat against RB Leipzig in Germany. A win was of paramount importance for Celtic in this game and they came up with a solid home performance in order to get the victory.

Rodgers claimed that he had pointed out to his team that they needed to come up with a strong performance in order to have any chance of getting something out of the game against RB Leipzig, who were in the Champions League not too long ago. Kieran Tierney came up with the opener but his goal was quickly cancelled out by Jean-Kevin Augustin. However, the crucial goal in the match came in the form of Odsonne Edouard’s effort. After the game, Rodgers claimed that it was extremely important for Celtic to show a lot of grit and determination after falling to 1-1.

Brendan Rodgers Distances Himself from Aston Villa Job

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has rejected suggestions that he is in the running for the Aston Villa job. The Midlands outfit recently parted company with manager Steve Bruce after a disastrous set of results that left the club in the mid-table of the Championship table. Brendan Rodgers has been a revelation with Celtic, as he has been able to get the club to beat numerous records while winning titles along the way. However, the 2018-19 campaign has been quite difficult for the Northern Ireland manager since Celtic have been going through a difficult campaign where they are not top of the Scottish Premier League.

There have been suggestions that Rodgers may be on the lookout for a new challenge after having been at Celtic since 2016. He has been able to win the treble in both his campaigns with the club, but the European experiences for Brendan Rodgers have not been spectacular. Aston Villa may offer him a great way back into English football but the club have been in disarray for quite a while. It may take a substantial transfer investment from the club in order to start challenging for the promotion places and there is a good chance at Villa may have to spend another campaign in the second division.

Kieran Tierney aiming for progression in Europe with Celtic

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is aiming progression with the Hoops in Europe this season. The Scottish champions made the Champions League group stage in each of the previous two campaigns under Brendan Rodgers but they have had to settle for the Europa League this time around after failing to qualification for the elite competition through the play-offs.

Despite this, Tierney believes the Hoops have much to improve from the previous year in Europe and he is hoping that the team can provide better performances on the road, he said: “The aim is always progression. We would like to go through of course. The aim is to win all our home games and pick up what we can away.

Brendan Rodgers pleased with Dedryck Boyata’s reaction amid fan rage

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he was pleased with how Dedryck Boyata reacted to the negative reception from the club’s faithful. The Belgian came for stick after faking an injury to miss the Champions League tie versus AEK Athens which the Hoops lost and thereafter, there were protests from the supporters to exclude him from first-team duty.

Amidst this, Rodgers made the surprise decision to start Boyata for the league game versus Hamilton and the centre-back managed to prove his worth with a 63rd-minute winner. Speaking about the same, Rodgers said: “Obviously I would have preferred a different reaction but I am not going to criticise the supporters.

Brendan Rodgers talks up Dedryck Boyata’s importance to Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodger has talked up the importance of Dedryck Boyata to the Hoops and he is optimistic that the Belgian will extend his contract with the club. The 27-year-old was recently part of the Belgium squad at the World Cup finals in Russia where he made three appearances en route to the country’s bronze-medal finish to the tournament.

Since then, there have been reports suggesting that the centre-back could pursue a big-club move elsewhere but Rodgers have conveyed the centre-back’s importance to the Hoops by saying: “He is very important. I always said that once he got into the team, Dedryck would do very well.He is an experienced player and his experience at the World Cup is only going to help him.

Brendan Rodgers: I would have liked more signings by now

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers had admitted that he would have liked more signings by now, considering the Hoops season has already begun. The Scottish champions kick-started their season with a Champions League first qualifying round game against Alashkert which they won by a 3-0 scoreline.

Speaking to The Evening Times, Rodgers admitted that he would have fancied more signings by now but he is content to have kept hold of the core of the squad which includes Tom Rogic. Meanwhile, he added that the club are only focused on signing players who could improve the squad from the off, he said: “I’d always have liked to have more in by now but the most important thing was ensuring we kept the players we wanted to stay. The likes of Tom Rogic and these guys.

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