Celtic midfielder James McCarthy has looked “off the pace” during his time at Parkhead, according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph. The Republic of Ireland international signed from Crystal Palace 12 months ago, but he played less than 750 minutes in all competitions during his first campaign at the club.
How many times have we heard this now over the last year or so? With Celtic capturing Alexandro Bernabei, the future of Boli Bolingoli was made even more bleak. The exiled full back featured very little under Ange Postecoglou and made only one start last season. It was in that I’ll fated 1-0 defeat to Livingston where, admittedly, Bolingoli acquired himself well in that match but it was clear that even that performance wasn’t enough to convince the Celtic boss that he had a future at the club.
Celtic will always be linked with players in this transfer window. It was always going to be the case. With guaranteed Champions League football, what is already an attractive club for most players now becomes one of the top destinations in Europe for players looking to get exposure on Europes top stage.
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The Hoops are back in training and got together at Lennoxtown before flying out to Austria Celtic are on their way to Austria for a pre-season training camp but there was time to squeeze in one last session at Lennoxtown before they flew out. And Ange Postecoglou took full advantage of that as he put his stars through their paces in the Glasgow sunshine.
PAUL HARTLEY has added another Scot to his Hartlepool squad. Former Celtic starlet Brody Patterson is the latest player to join the ex-Hoops midfielder down south. Hartley is clearly keen on the Scottish market as he has already scooped up Euan Murray, Reghan Tumilty, Jake Hastie and Mouhamed Niang for next year's campaign.
There is no question leading into the new season that Joe Hart will continue to be our Number 1 between the sticks. His performances last year, after a few years as a floating bench warmer in the EPL, were nothing short of sensational. Hart has always been a terrific shot stopper, yet for me it was his leadership, communication and organisation that set him to a different class last year.
Lewis Ferguson transfer endorsement as Rangers and Celtic warned by uncle Barry in pointed John McGinn reminder
The Aberdeen star is in demand again this summer with Millwall and Serie A clubs linked with a move. Bemused Barry Ferguson admits he is surprised Rangers or Celtic haven't made an approach to Aberdeen for his nephew Lewis so far this summer. The Scotland cap has been linked with a move away from the Granite City since last summer with Watford, Fulham and Cagliari all said to be keen on the 22-year-old.
Hartlepool United have completed the signing of Celtic youngster Brody Paterson on a permanent transfer. Paterson spent the second half of last season on-loan at Airdrieonians where he made 17 appearances, with the defender now completing a move to the Suit Direct Stadium following his release from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic this summer.
Barry Ferguson names the area Celtic need to strengthen in the transfer window as he addresses Ange Postecoglou’s plans
BARRY FERGUSON reckons Celtic still need quality and depth in one area of the pitch before next season gets underway. The former Rangers captain insists the Hoops need a midfield enforcer to complete Ange Postecoglou's transfer plans. Callum McGregor has been acting as the holding midfielder since Scott Brown's departure and has been the preferred option for the Celtic boss.
Dons have been chasing the Irish teenager for 18 months, according to Liam Sweeting New signing Darragh Burns is another long-term target Dons’ Sporting Director Liam Sweeting has been after. The 19-year-old winger is Dons’ sixth signing of the summer having arrived from St Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland for an undisclosed fee.
The winger has already been linked with Celtic and Hibs in his short career Exciting teenager Darragh Burns already has a decent career under his belt despire being just 19-years-old. The winger is Dons’ sixth signing of the summer, following Matt Dennis, Ethan Robson, Jack Tucker, Nathan Holland and fellow Irishman Conor Grant to have penned deals this summer to move to Stadium MK.
Championship outfit Reading are tracking outcasted Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli this summer ahead of a potential transfer swoop, according to reporter Courtney Friday. The Royals are once again restricted this summer to just free transfers and loan deals – something they’ve had to deal with since last summer following their breach of financial rules.
Boli BolingoIi Celtic transfer escape route emerges as Reading 'monitor' full back amid pre-season exile
The left-back has not returned to pre-season training at Lennoxtown after failing to make an impact under Ange Postecoglou. Celtic misfit Boli Bolingoli is reportedly attracting interest from English Championship side Reading as he looks to bring an end to his Parkhead nightmare. The full-back was shipped out on loan to FC Ufa in January, but the temporary deal was cut short following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the full-back did not arrive back in Glasgow's east end and instead trained alone in his native Belgium.
CARLTON COLE has opened up on a disagreement with Ronny Deila which impacted his Celtic career. The former striker, now 38, joined Celtic under Deila in 2015 but only played five times for the Parkhead club. Now, Cole has explained a playing-style clash with Deila played a role in his disappointing spell as he branded his time at Celtic as "disorganised".
Barry Coffey has exited Celtic and signed for Irish outfit Cork City following two successful loan periods. The 21-year-old midfielder moved to the Hoops in 2017 and was a key figure in the club's youth set up. Despite being involved in first-team training on a number of occasions, Coffey never made a senior appearance for Celtic.
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The Scottish Premiership champions kick off the first of a busy period of bounce matches when they take on the Austrian minnows. Just 53 days after holding aloft the Scottish Premiership trophy, the Celtic players will take to the field again as the work on retaining their title gets underway, but the SV Bad Erlach Stadium will be a world away from the raucous Parkhead when they thumped Motherwell 6-0 on the final day just a couple of months ago.
The full-back has been outcast from the Scottish giants after breaking Covid-19 regulations in August 2020- causing a three match ban and a threat from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to call matches off. Since then he has had short-lived spells with in Turkey and Russia- playing less than 30 games between the two spells.
FORMER Celtic flop Oli Burke has been slaughtered by his manager despite netting a brace on his debut for new side Werder Bremen. The 25-year-old Scotland international headed back to Germany for a second spell as he looks to resurrect his career after disappointing at Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion.
Celtic captain Callum McGregor hailed the club’s early summer transfer business as he prepared for their pre-season bonding session in Austria. The Scottish champions jetted off with two of their key title-winning squad, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota, signed on permanent deals following impressive loan campaigns.