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‘MCN’ lead five-star PSG past hapless Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) – Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all scored as Paris Saint-Germain began their Champions League campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday.

Brazilian Neymar continued to pay back his 222 million-euro ($264 million) world record transfer fee with his fifth goal in five games to put PSG in front before he set up Mbappe to make it 2-0.

PSG duo ruled out of Champions League opener

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Glasgow (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain forwards Javier Pastore and Angel Di Maria have been ruled out of the French club’s Champions League opener at Celtic on Tuesday with injuries.

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele will also miss out, with manager Brendan Rodgers saying Monday the 21-year-old Frenchman is not yet match-fit after suffering a hamstring injury in July.

Brendan Rodgers confident Celtic can handle Neymar and PSG

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Glasgow (AFP) – The world’s most expensive player Neymar and his side Paris Saint Germain hold no fear for Scottish champions Celtic says the latter’s manager Brendan Rodgers.

Neymar, French starlet Kylian Mbappe - signed on loan from Monaco with a view to a huge transfer fee next year - and Uruguayan veteran Edinson Cavani are due in Glasgow for Tuesday’s Champions League opener.

Brendan Rodgers confident Celtic can handle Neymar and PSG

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Glasgow (AFP) – The world’s most expensive player Neymar and his side Paris Saint Germain hold no fear for Scottish champions Celtic says the latter’s manager Brendan Rodgers.

Neymar, French starlet Kylian Mbappe - signed on loan from Monaco with a view to a huge transfer fee next year - and Uruguayan veteran Edinson Cavani are due in Glasgow for Tuesday’s Champions League opener.

Brendan Rodgers looks to Celtic young guns for help

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will return to his roots as he looks to his youth players to help his side through a busy month domestically and in Europe.

The Scottish champions return to action on Friday following the international break when they travel to take on Hamilton at New Douglas Park.

Brendan Rodgers looks to Celtic young guns for help

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will return to his roots as he looks to his youth players to help his side through a busy month domestically and in Europe.

The Scottish champions return to action on Friday following the international break when they travel to take on Hamilton at New Douglas Park.

Rodgers hails complete Celtic performance in Astana thrashing

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his side’s outstanding display as they moved to the verge of the Champions League group stages with a 5-0 thrashing of FC Astana in Glasgow.

An own goal from Evgeni Postnikov and two goals from Scott Sinclair either side of half-time had the Hoops cruising to victory before James Forrest’s strike and a late Igor Shitov own goal rounded off the rout.

Celtic looking to French connection against Astana

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Glasgow (AFP) – Olivier Ntcham is aiming to emulate Moussa Dembele by becoming the latest French import to make an impact at Celtic.

The 21-year-old midfielder followed in the footsteps of his under-21 international team-mate as he made a £4.5 million ($5.8 million) move from Manchester City to the Scottish champions in the summer.

Celtic hope for trouble free Linfield visit

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic will hope the focus is solely on football when the Scottish champions host Linfield in the return leg of their Champions League second round qualifier on Wednesday.

The Hoops have one foot in the next round following a 2-0 victory over the Northern Ireland title holders at Windsor Park thanks to first-half goals from Scott Sinclair and Australian international Tom Rogic.

Celtic hope for trouble free Linfield visit

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic will hope the focus is solely on football when the Scottish champions host Linfield in the return leg of their Champions League second round qualifier on Wednesday.

The Hoops have one foot in the next round following a 2-0 victory over the Northern Ireland title holders at Windsor Park thanks to first-half goals from Scott Sinclair and Australian international Tom Rogic.

Under-fire England goalkeeper Hart to sit out France game

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Glasgow (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate has defended Joe Hart after the goalkeeper was beaten by two Leigh Griffiths free-kicks during his side’s 2-2 draw against Scotland.

Griffiths caught Hart out from 25 yards twice in the space of three minutes in the latter stages of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Glasgow, before Harry Kane’s 93rd-minute equaliser rescued a point for the visitors.

Southgate heartened by England’s resolve

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Glasgow (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate said his team’s last-gasp 2-2 draw against Scotland demonstrated the kind of mental fortitude he is trying to instil in his players.

England shipped two late Leigh Griffiths free-kicks in Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park, only for new captain Harry Kane to rescue a point by volleying in a 93rd-minute equaliser.

Captain Kane rescues England against Scotland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Harry Kane marked his first game as captain with a stoppage-time equaliser as England denied Scotland a famous victory in Saturday’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Glasgow.

England were heading for a first qualifying defeat since October 2009 after Leigh Griffiths struck two fine late free-kicks to wipe out substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 70th-minute opener.

Captain Kane rescues England against Scotland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Harry Kane marked his first game as captain with a stoppage-time equaliser as England denied Scotland a famous victory in Saturday’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Glasgow.

England were heading for a first qualifying defeat since October 2009 after Leigh Griffiths struck two fine late free-kicks to wipe out substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 70th-minute opener.

Devilish Alli confronts his England demons

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Glasgow (AFP) – England midfielder Dele Alli says he and his team-mates have had to revisit some “dark places” in order to come to terms with their humiliating Euro 2016 elimination by Iceland.

Alli was one of the 11 players who traipsed from the pitch in Nice last June after Iceland had condemned England to their most galling defeat since a 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup.

Football: Strachan calls for calm heads against England

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has warned his players not to lose their cool in Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at home to old enemies England.

Scotland-England encounters have traditionally been blood-and-thunder affairs, but Strachan says the evolution of the sport means players can no longer afford to go clattering into challenges.

Football: Strachan calls for calm heads against England

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Glasgow (AFP) – Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has warned his players not to lose their cool in Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at home to old enemies England.

Scotland-England encounters have traditionally been blood-and-thunder affairs, but Strachan says the evolution of the sport means players can no longer afford to go clattering into challenges.

Former Rangers owner Whyte cleared of fraud

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Glasgow (AFP) – Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte walked free from court on Tuesday after a jury delivered a not guilty majority verdict on two charges of fraud in the takeover of the Scottish club.

It took the jury just two hours to clear the 46-year-old Scottish businessman - who was charged following an investigation into his purchase of the club in May 2011, after which the Glasgow giants entered administration.

Former Rangers owner Whyte cleared of fraud

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Glasgow (AFP) – Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte walked free from court on Tuesday after a jury delivered a not guilty majority verdict on two charges of fraud in the takeover of the Scottish club.

It took the jury just two hours to clear the 46-year-old Scottish businessman - who was charged following an investigation into his purchase of the club in May 2011, after which the Glasgow giants entered administration.

Celtic win Scottish Cup to clinch treble

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Glasgow (AFP) – A stoppage time strike from Australian international Tom Rogic saw Celtic come from behind to defeat Aberdeen 2-1 to lift the Scottish Cup and seal a historic domestic treble the hard way.

Jonny Hayes gave Aberdeen a ninth minute lead which was quickly cancelled out by Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong two minutes later.

Celtic win Scottish Cup to clinch treble

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Glasgow (AFP) – A stoppage time strike from Australian international Tom Rogic saw Celtic come from behind to defeat Aberdeen 2-1 to lift the Scottish Cup and seal a historic domestic treble the hard way.

Jonny Hayes gave Aberdeen a ninth minute lead which was quickly cancelled out by Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong two minutes later.

Proud Rodgers doubts record will be repeated

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodger hailed his side’s “special” achievement after they became the first Scottish Premiership club to go unbeaten through a 38-game season.

Celtic wrapped up their league campaign with a 2-0 victory over Hearts as second-half goals by Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong ensured Celtic ended up with a record of played 38, won 34 and drew four.

Proud Rodgers doubts record will be repeated

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodger hailed his side’s “special” achievement after they became the first Scottish Premiership club to go unbeaten through a 38-game season.

Celtic wrapped up their league campaign with a 2-0 victory over Hearts as second-half goals by Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong ensured Celtic ended up with a record of played 38, won 34 and drew four.

Roberts wants to create history with Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic winger Patrick Roberts says he turned down the chance to go to the under-20 World Cup with England to create history with the Hoops.

The 20-year-old had played a key part in firing Paul Simpson’s English youngsters to the finals in South Korea, which are due to start on May 20.

Roberts wants to create history with Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic winger Patrick Roberts says he turned down the chance to go to the under-20 World Cup with England to create history with the Hoops.

The 20-year-old had played a key part in firing Paul Simpson’s English youngsters to the finals in South Korea, which are due to start on May 20.

Caixinha desperate to loosen Celtic’s iron grip

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Glasgow (AFP) – Pedro Caixinha says he would resign as Rangers manager if he didn’t believe his side could defeat fierce city rivals and champions Celtic on Saturday in their Premiership clash.

The sides will clash for the sixth time this season when they meet at Ibrox with Rangers having failed to win - losing four and drawing the other.

Caixinha desperate to loosen Celtic’s iron grip

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Glasgow (AFP) – Pedro Caixinha says he would resign as Rangers manager if he didn’t believe his side could defeat fierce city rivals and champions Celtic on Saturday in their Premiership clash.

The sides will clash for the sixth time this season when they meet at Ibrox with Rangers having failed to win - losing four and drawing the other.

Rodgers elated as Celtic take 39th step

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he can’t ask more of his side after they made it 39 domestic games unbeaten following a 3-1 win at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The recently-crowned Scottish champions returned to winning ways at Celtic Park following two home draws as they claimed their 29th win from 32 league games to keep them on course for a record points haul.

Rodgers elated as Celtic take 39th step

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he can’t ask more of his side after they made it 39 domestic games unbeaten following a 3-1 win at home to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The recently-crowned Scottish champions returned to winning ways at Celtic Park following two home draws as they claimed their 29th win from 32 league games to keep them on course for a record points haul.

Brendan Rodgers pens new deal with Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers signed a four-year contract extension with the Scottish Premiership champions on Friday.

Rodgers led Celtic to the title in his first season in charge of the Glasgow giants and, just days after that triumph was wrapped up, the former Liverpool boss has been rewarded with a new deal.

Brendan Rodgers pens new deal with Celtic

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers signed a four-year contract extension with the Scottish Premiership champions on Friday.

Rodgers led Celtic to the title in his first season in charge of the Glasgow giants and, just days after that triumph was wrapped up, the former Liverpool boss has been rewarded with a new deal.

Thistle prove thorn as Celtic party falls flat

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Glasgow (AFP) – Newly-crowned champions Celtic dropped points for only the third time this season as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Partick Thistle at Parkhead.

The much-changed Glasgow giants, who claimed their sixth Scottish Premiership in a row with a 5-0 hammering of Hearts on Sunday, took a 50th minute lead through Sunday’s hat-trick hero Scott Sinclair.

Thistle prove thorn as Celtic party falls flat

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Glasgow (AFP) – Newly-crowned champions Celtic dropped points for only the third time this season as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Partick Thistle at Parkhead.

The much-changed Glasgow giants, who claimed their sixth Scottish Premiership in a row with a 5-0 hammering of Hearts on Sunday, took a 50th minute lead through Sunday’s hat-trick hero Scott Sinclair.

Celtic face Rangers in Scottish Cup semi-finals

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Glasgow (AFP) – Arch-rivals Celtic and Rangers will meet in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup next month, with holders Hibernian drawn against Aberdeen.

Celtic, the Scottish champions-elect, have already beaten fellow Glasgow giants Rangers three times this season but lost to them in an Old Firm clash at the same stage of the Scottish Cup last term, with the Gers then in the second-tier Championship.

Celtic face Rangers in Scottish Cup semi-finals

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Glasgow (AFP) – Arch-rivals Celtic and Rangers will meet in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup next month, with holders Hibernian drawn against Aberdeen.

Celtic, the Scottish champions-elect, have already beaten fellow Glasgow giants Rangers three times this season but lost to them in an Old Firm clash at the same stage of the Scottish Cup last term, with the Gers then in the second-tier Championship.

Celtic go 27 points clear in Scotland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 27 points as they eased to a 4-0 victory at bottom of the table Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

A superb strike from Scott Sinclair fired Celtic in front just before the break before a horrendous mistake from Inverness goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams allowed in-form French striker Moussa Dembele to make it 2-0 just 11 seconds into the second half.

Celtic go 27 points clear in Scotland

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 27 points as they eased to a 4-0 victory at bottom of the table Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

A superb strike from Scott Sinclair fired Celtic in front just before the break before a horrendous mistake from Inverness goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams allowed in-form French striker Moussa Dembele to make it 2-0 just 11 seconds into the second half.

Dembele hits brace as Celtic football enjoy huge lead

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Glasgow (AFP) – Moussa Dembele bagged a double to give Celtic a comfortable 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Hamilton at Parkhead and maintain their mammoth lead in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

The in-form French forward - linked to a number of English Premier League clubs - opened the scoring with a superb strike seconds before the break.

Dembele hits brace as Celtic football enjoy huge lead

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Glasgow (AFP) – Moussa Dembele bagged a double to give Celtic a comfortable 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Hamilton at Parkhead and maintain their mammoth lead in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

The in-form French forward - linked to a number of English Premier League clubs - opened the scoring with a superb strike seconds before the break.

Dundee heap more misery on Rangers

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Glasgow (AFP) – Rangers’ hopes of clinching second place in the Scottish Premiership were dealt a major blow as Dundee defeated the troubled Glasgow giants 2-1 at Dens Park on Sunday.

Mark O’Hara fired Dundee in front early in the first half before Kevin Holt added a second just before the break.