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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.

Celtic midfielder rubbishes talk of a summer exit

Celtic midfielder Lewis Morgan has rubbished the ongoing speculation over his future. The 21-year-old only joined the Hoops from St Mirren in January but he was loaned back to the Paisley club for the second half of the season where they secured promotion to the top-flight. Since then, Morgan has surprisingly been linked with a reunion with manager Jack Ross at Sunderland but the midfielder has now dismissed the gossip.

He said: “The only thing in my head is going into Celtic pre-season, starting on Monday and impressing. I don’t have any eyes on any other club and why should I? It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world I’m at. I’m only focused on Celtic. I suppose you never really know with football, but the plan is for me to go in there in pre-season and try and really stake my own claim to get in the team.”

Kieran Tierney: Double treble will never be repeated

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney believes the double treble achieved by Celtic will never be repeated by any other Scottish club. The Hoops secured their sixth trophy under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers as they beat Motherwell 2-0 in the Scottish Cup final and they have now attained every domestic trophy up for grabs over the past two seasons.

Speaking to reporters, Tierney was pleased with achievement and does not believe a similar achievement is possible in the future, he said: “I’m not sure because it’s very hard to win six cups domestically in a row. It’s never been done before and that’s because it’s very hard to keep the consistency over two years and we have managed to do that, so we have to enjoy that now. There was a lot of talk about it [the double treble] and there should be because it’s never been done and it’s so hard. The expectation has always been there at Celtic and this season and last we have dealt with it great.”

Brendan Rodgers Dismisses Arsenal Manager Link

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that he is enjoying the best job in the world and has no plans of leaving the Hoops in the near future. The Northern Irishman added that he has plans of returning to the Premier League at some stage of his career but he won’t be replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal this summer.

Martin O’Neil Backs Brendan Rodgers To Take Celtic To The Next Level In Europe

The Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has backed Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers to improve the club’s performances in Europe in the coming years. The Hoops are on the cusp of a seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership title, but they have not been able to replicate a similar showing in the European games.

Brendan Rodgers Praises Odsonne Edouard After Recent Impact

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the progress of on-loan striker Odsonne Edouard, whilst categorically denying the Hoops can sign him for just £7m during the summer. The 20-year-old made a slow start to his proceedings after his season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, but he has of late risen to the occasion.

Brendan Rodgers could quit Celtic after Zenit defeat - Charlie Nicholas

Former Celtic fooballer-turned-pundit Charlie Nicholas feels Brendan Rodgers may consider his position with the Hoops following their Europa League round of 32 exit at the hands of Zenit St Petersburg. The Scottish champions had a 1-0 lead going into the away leg of their European tie, but they were outclassed by Roberto Mancini's side, who were clinical in front of goal.

Brendan Rodgers react to transfer speculation surrounding three Celtic players

Celtic head coach Brendan Rodgers has stressed that he is not worried about the impending speculation linking his players with moves to the Premier League. Moussa Dembele has mostly captured the attention of the English top-flight over the past year, but according to The Mail, the likes of Stuart Armstrong, Leigh Griffiths and Jozo Simunovic are also on the wanted list.

Armstrong is presently a target for Southampton, whilst Griffiths and Simumovic are attracting interest from Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively, now that the transfer window has reopened. Rodgers has previously admitted that the club would entertain the right offers for their players, but he is fairly relaxed over the current gossip.

Former Celtic Star Shares Tips to Make Bitton Even Better

Virgil van Dijk has revealed that he is giving a lot of tips to Nir Bitton in order to help him become a top defender. The Southampton defender has revealed in a new interview that he has been in conversation with the Celtic ace about playing tips. Netherlands make the trip to the Scottish land in order to take on Scotland in a friendly game. Both teams have a lot to experiment ahead of this game, as they have missed out on qualification to the World Cup 2018 in Russia. It is a major disappointment for Scotland, but the national team continues to benefit from the presence of top players.

This match will see the return of van Dijk to Scotland. He is expected to start for the Dutch team in this game. He spent two years at Celtic back in 2013 before making the switch to Southampton. This was a valuable experience for the 26-year-old, who is now regarded as one of the top defenders in European football. His departure may have caused a lot of vacant gaps at the back four Celtic, but van Dijk feels that the top Scottish outfit have what it takes to be able to replace him. He regards Bitton as his future replacement.