Celtic

COMMONS LOOKING FORWARDS

Kris Commons is coming close to the end of his contract with Celtic, but manager Neil Lennon says that the 30-year-old will extend his spell at the club by committing to a new contract.

Commons has been a Celtic player since January 2011 when he moved to the club after signing a 3 1/2 year deal. Now that it is about to expire, the player has stated his intention is to remain at Celtic Park beyond this season. Commons was brought to the club for just £ 300,000 from Derby County. He has managed to get 21 goals in just 33 matches this campaign.

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AMBITIOUS PLANS

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has laid an ambitious plan of getting the club into the second place of the group in the Champions league. Celtic have been drawn along with some of the biggest names in world football like Barcelona and Milan for the Champions league group stages for this season.

Ajax are the other team in the group and between these three teams, there is more than 15 Champions league titles. This means that Celtic are the underdogs going into the campaign and they lived up to the billing by suffering a 2-0 defeat in the opening match of the season against AC Milan.

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HOOPER MOVING ON

Celtic are in danger of losing striker Gary Hooper before the end of the transfer window due to persistent links with the likes of Norwich city and QPR over the last few months. Hooper has been one of the best players for Celtic over the last three years.

He has been the top scorer for the club in all the seasons, but he has been a traveller throughout his career. Hence, it is extremely likely that he may join a Premier league club before the end of the transfer window. Lennon, though, is still holding hope that he will be able to persuade Hooper to stay at the Scottish club.

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ONE OF THE WORST

The Celtic manager Neil Lennon said after the 3-2 defeat at the hands of St Mirren that he had just seen one of the worst displaced by the Celtic team under his regime. Celtic were recently knocked out of the League Cup in the semi-final stage by St Mirren.

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NO BIG NAMES

Celtic are unlikely to have any big names during the January transfer window according to the manager Neil Lennon. The club will be maintaining a prudent transfer policy throughout the 2013 season according to the manager. Celtic have already seen their arch rivals Rangers suffered a lot of problems as result of spending beyond their means.

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Watch out Celtic

Football in Scotland is just simply not as big in England and it’s easy to understand why, for a start Scottish teams are from Scotland and so why would English people support them. Secondly and probably most importantly the teams are not up to the same standards as the English Premier League and teams like Chelsea and Man Utd. This however does not stop Scottish people from enjoying their local teams battle it out each week in order to take victory and move up the table.

LENNON CONCERNED

The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that he is extremely concerned about the international break because it more often than not results in the fitness regime of the players being broken, while many players also return injured from international duty.

LENNON WANTS TO STRENGTHEN

The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that there is every possibility that he could strengthen the team in order to perform well in the European stages. Celtic are guaranteed European football this season, while they also have the possibility to go one step further by playing in the group stages of the Champions League.

CELTIC HAPPY WITH HELSINKI

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that he is extremely happy with the first leg score in the Champions League qualifier match against HJK Helsinki.

This second-round match will see the replay played at the home of HJK Helsinki, and Neil Lennon has dismissed any suggestions that he will be fielding a negative side for this match. Celtic come into the match after having won the first leg encounter in Glasgow 2-1. Even though the lead is only slender come and there have been suggestions that Celtic might play for a draw in this away match.

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