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Celtic would have been excused for jetting out of Glasgow yesterday morning in a sombre mood. The green half of the Old Firm have been forced to contend with leaving several of their first team players at home due to injury. The absence of Gary Hooper, Georgios Samaras, Kris Commons and captain Scott Brown has left Neil Lennon’s options seriously hindered in terms of both midfield and attack. Long term absentees Emilio Izaguirre, Kelvin Wilson and cup tied Badr El Kaddouri add to the woes at Parkhead, supplying Lennon with further cause for concern over his defence, as they prepare for Thursday’s Europa League showdown with Ligue 1 side Rennes.
A sloppy start to the domestic league campaign has left the green …

It has emerged Chelsea have won the race to secure the signature of former Celtic youth start Islam Feruz, putting an end to a whirlwind of interest from Europe’s elite clubs for the youngster.

Celtic could only stand by and watch, powerless, as clubs and agents tried to cajole Feruz to their respective clubs.
Aged only 16 Islam cannot sign a professional contract, allowing him to leave for a disastrously low fee (only training compensation) a blow to both Celtic’s bank balance and their on-pitch endeavours.
Feruz’s agent Rui Alves offered fans of …

Having had a few days to reflect on the disgusting attack on Neil Lennon on Wednesday night at Tynecastle, and listen to pundits having their say on the events, I feel it is time to review why Neil Lennon is the most hated man in Scottish Football right now.
This is Lennon’s first full season in management in which he has reached two cup finals and taken the title  to the last day of the season. A pretty impressive achievement for any manager considering the state of the Celtic team he inherited …

Two games to go. One point separating the two sides. Zero room for error. Who will come out on top?
More often than not, the destination of the SPL title comes down to the wire. Twice in the last three years has it gone to the last day of the season, and it’s looking very likely that it could be the final day of the season which will determine who manages to win the trophy.
Rangers are currently one point ahead after comfortably taking the three points from their potentially tricky home …

Its that time again.  We face our old foes for the seventh time this season this coming Easter Sunday at Ibrox.  Rangers have two wins, Celtic have three, with one draw.  The defending champions sit top of the league a single point ahead of Celtic, with the visitors having a game in hand.
The 34th game of the Scottish Premier League season is sure to be an explosive one, pardon the pun.  It has been in the news this week that letter bombs were …

If ever a man was destined to wear the treasured hoops it was surely Paul McStay.
 Born brother to Willie and Raymond McStay, both former Celts themselves, and picked up by Celtic at an early age, it seemed that road to Celtic park awaited Paul since birth.
McStay had a wide range of passing at his disposal, as well as an eye for the spectacular. At times it would seem as if he was guiding the ball around the park. On the field he was a model pro, never one to wind up the opposition or …

Today finally saw the disciplinary hearing of Neil Lennon take place at the SFA headquarters in Hampden, a hearing which was put on hold for over a month due to adverse weather. As Lennon made his way to Hampden today to face the powers that be, he could never have imagined the punishment he was about to be met with.
The Celtic boss has received a six match touchline ban for an offence which has been described as “excessive misconduct”. The charge itself, was initially an automatic 2 game touchline ban …

In a testament to how dull and insular Scottish Football can truly be another “scandal” has reached its natural zenith in Caledonia. The tediously named “Ref-Gate” fur ore has been gently simmering for the past few months with Celtic and Neil Lennon in particular stoking the flames to over boiling point.
The end result is today’s announcement that Scotland’s first grade officials intend to strike in response to the “Avalanche of flack” they have received in recent times. They cite a concern for public safety (a recognized hazard of the profession …

I get the feeling that supporters of both Celtic and Rangers are doing nothing but complaining right now, due to the fact they feel that they are no longer good enough to compete in Europe.
It doesn’t seem to occur to Old firm fans that this is not due to the two teams mentioned, not being good enough any more, it is because most of the competitive teams in Europe now have multi millionaires as owners.

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansoor
Teams that have countless money to spend are of course going to …

The Premier League runners up, Manchester United are looking to start their pre-season tour with victory when they take on SPL runners up Celtic in Toronto.
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Manchester United who although were expected do rubbish in the 2009/10 season held Chelsea to the final day of the season to win the title and finished strongly. Celtic who had a terrible start to the last domestic season have improved since the employment of Neil Lennon
Team News
The reds are without their players who participated in the world cup for the 2010 tour as …