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Celtic starting eleven: Zaluksa, Lustig, van Dijk, Mulgrew, Twardzik, Brown, Johansen, Commons, McGeouch, Stokes, Boerrigter
Celtic’s second game of pre season finished with a 1-1 draw against Rapid Vienna in front of a very atmospheric crowd at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadion.

Ronny Deila named the same starting eleven to play this game as he did against Krasnodar. He was forced to make a substitution just after the game kicked off when Brown had to go off injured. Losing captain Brown is a major concern for Celtic going into the Champions League Qualifiers …

Celtic starting line up:   Zaluska, Lustig, van Dijk, Mulgrew, F. Twardzik, Brown, Johansen, Commons, McGeouch, Stokes, Boerrigter
Ronny Deila’s first game in charge of Celtic got off to a solid 3-1 over Russian side FK Krasnodar in Austria.
There was lots of encouraging signs from Celtic in their first game of pre-season. They started quickly when a long ball up from defence fell to Stokes who managed to lob the out coming goalkeeper to put Celtic 1-0 before there was even a minute on the clock. In the early stages of …

The potential sale of Ryan Gauld shows that Scottish football is progressing. With the sale of James McCarthy in September 2013 for £2 million there were thoughts of ‘oh a small club with 1 good player’. But no, the mistake people make is they assume because the league is small there is no quality or the lame excuse ‘its a two club league’ (Celtic/Rangers). Having watched the demise of Hearts and Hibernian, then the takeover of both clubs you can see there is a new club style in …

The thought of Georgios Samaras leaving Celtic this month will make some Celtic fans very happy and relieved, but for others the thought of the big Greek leaving will make some fans disappointed.
Since arriving at Celtic in 2008 on a initial loan deal from Manchester City, Samaras has divided opinion between Celtic fans with his inconsistent performances and sometimes lazy attitude towards a game. His ability was never in doubt though when he decided to turn up to a game and perform, he is sometimes unstoppable with his forward running …

Following Celtic’s 1-0 win over St Johnstone on Boxing Day, Celtic are 11 points clear at the top of the SPFL table going into the New Year. Celtic are on a 17 match unbeaten run and there has been increased talk of the team being able to go unbeaten for the whole season. Now I know most people will think that Celtic winning every single game should be expected, given the state of Scottish football and the gulf in class, but going a whole season unbeaten would be an incredible …

Neil Lennon was left to rue his side’s failure to take full advantage of their rare opportunities as Barcelona dealt the killer blow late on to reap the benefits of a below par performance. Despite having Puyol, Alba, Mascherano and most notably Lionel Messi absent through injury the Spanish side snatched all three points.
It was a game that had poor standards of football although there is cause for optimism in the Celtic camp following a valiant display. The deafening atmosphere inside Celtic Park couldn’t inspire another dramatic win, nonetheless it …

So the start of the SPFL is now just a day away and this seems to right time to predict the positions of the teams for the upcoming season.
1) Celtic
Despite the departure of Victor Wanyama and Gary Hooper both leaving for good money, it must be noted Celtic did the right thing in gaining as much money as possible in both deals and selling at the right time. Celtic already have Kayal and Rogic in place to try and replace Wanyama but Celtic need at least one if not two …

On the 26th of July, Gary Hooper signed for Norwich for a fee in the region of £5.5 million (BBC). Hooper declared his move from Scottish champions Celtic “a dream”. Hooper has stated that his primary objective for leaving Celtic was to play at international level for England as he stated “you don’t really get a look in up there” when speaking of playing in Scotland and his chances of representing England.
Hooper has gained compliments from many well respected English managers including the very reputable Harry Redknapp who branded Hooper …

Neil Lennon’s comments this last week have signalled to English clubs a “come and get him” plea for Gary Hooper.
With the player soon to be into the last year of his contract and having already turned down an extension at Celtic, this may cause a smash-and-grab raid to bring him back south of the border.
Hull, Norwich and Q.P.R. have all registered bids lately, with Q.P.R. Supposedly putting in an improved offer for Hooper, trying to win the race for his signature.
Hooper though, has in recent days still talked about another …

Celtic are today’s superior team in the Scottish Premier League after Rangers were relegated to division three due to a financial crisis. In Scottish league history Celtic have won the Scottish title on 43 occasions and Rangers on 54 occasions. This gives Celtic a pathway to catch up on titles and to become Scotland’s most dominant club. The clubs valiant effort in the UEFA Champions League against Barcelona at Camp Nou last week confirms their dominance.
Celtic face Barcelona at home this week in the Champions League and they look to …