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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers: I dropped Craig Gordon too soon

Celtic manager Brendan 
Rodgers has admitted he may have made an error by dropping Craig Gordon from his team last month as the Scotland international goalkeeper prepares to make his Champions League group stage debut against Manchester City tonight.

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Craig Gordon was a half-time substitute in Saturday's win over Kilmarnock. Picture: SNS

Craig Gordon to start for Celtic against Manchester City

Craig Gordon will start for Celtic tomorrow night when the Scottish champions take on Manchester City in the Champions League.

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Celtic legend Bertie Auld, promoting the film Jimmy Johnstone, gives the thumbs-up to the start made by manager Brendan Rodgers. Picture: Craig Watson

Celtic urged to ‘show maturity’ against Manchester City

Fifteen games into his tenure as Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers has already passed what Bertie Auld regards as the litmus test for any team wearing the green and white hoops.

Sergio Aguero is classed as one of the world's top two strikers, along with Luis Suarez, by Leigh Griffiths.  Picture: Stu Forster/Getty

Sergio Aguero is best in world says Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

Celtic will complete a double in the Champions League when Manchester City come calling on Tuesday night in the eyes of Leigh Griffiths. Just not the sort to provide any comfort. The 25-year-old, who is hoping to make his bow in the elite club tournament after recovering from a calf strain that sidelined him for almost a month, is a huge admirer of City’s Argentine Sergio Aguero, inset.

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Sterling is beginning to justify his �49m price tag and looks a different player under Pep Guardiola. 
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Celtic boss: I never fell out with Raheem Sterling

It feels as if Brendan Rodgers can’t escape a Liverpool echo in this Champions League. The Celtic manager will find his team pitted against Manchester City’s rejuvenated Raheem Sterling, whom Rodgers nurtured in his three-year spell at Anfield. The then teenager was one of two totemic players from Rodgers’ time on Merseyside that was brought to an end by the owners a year ago next week. The other was “beautiful man” Luis Suarez, who helped dish out an ugly defeat to Celtic in the Nou Camp a fortnight ago.

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan backed Aleksander Ceferin in the Uefa presidential election. Picture: John Devlin

Stewart Regan reveals why he voted for new Uefa boss Ceferin

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan insists the decision to back Aleksander Ceferin for Uefa president was the best thing for the domestic game amid reports that losing candidate Michael van Praag would have given Scottish clubs a better chance of gaining access to the Champions League.

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Tonny Vilhena, right, wheels away to celebrate his goal for Feyenoord. Picture: AP.

Feyenoord 1 – 0 Manchester United: Jose Mourinho’s men defeated

An undercooked and under-performing Manchester United started their Europa League campaign with a defeat as Tonny Vilhena secured Feyenoord a late victory.

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Roy Keane called on Celtic to live up to their 'big club' tag. Picture: Robert Perry

Roy Keane unleashes rant after Celtic loss to Barcelona

Roy Keane insists Celtic have to change their mindset if they’re going to live up to their ‘big club’ tag in European football.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on the touchline at the Nou Camp. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS Group

Stephen Halliday: Foul count highlights Celtic’s failings

One simple statistic reveals how Rodgers’ side were unable to lay a glove on the Barca magicians

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Scott Brown branded Celtic's performance in Barcelona as unacceptable.  Picture: David Ramos/Getty Images

Scott Brown: Celtic display in Nou Camp was ‘unacceptable’

Celtic captain Scott Brown has called on his team-mates to show the courage necessary to revive their Champions League ambitions after delivering what he describes as an “unacceptable” second-half capitulation in the 7-0 defeat by Barcelona.

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Barcelona celebrates a goal against Celtic. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

The players had fun against Celtic, says Barcelona coach

Barcelona’s players had “fun” during the 7-0 victory over Celtic, according to Luis Enrique, coach of the Catalan side.

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Uefa's newly elected president, Aleksander Ceferin of Slovenia, right, will replace Michel Platini. Picture: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Aleksander Ceferin replaces Michel Platini as head of Uefa

Michel Platini reluctantly handed over the reins of power in European football to Aleksander Ceferin, a little-known Slovenian lawyer who won the Uefa presidential election by a landslide yesterday.

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Celtic suffered a heavy defeat in the Nou Camp last night. Picture: Getty

How do Celtic fare in Scottish football after defeats in Europe?

Despite humbling losses in Gibraltar and Kazakhstan earlier in the campaign, Celtic were riding a wave of momentum going into last match with Barcelona, and to say they came back down to earth with an almighty thud would be putting it mildly.

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Aleksander Ceferin: Bluff. Picture: AP

Uefa candidate condemns secret deal with elite clubs

Uefa and its top clubs have enraged the rest of the continent with an unacceptable, secret deal to guarantee more Champions League spots for the elite, according to the favourite to lead European football from today.

Mikael Lustig, right, and Dorus de Vries, left, look on despairingly as Lionel Messi nets for Barcelona. Picture: AFP/Getty

Five things we learned from Barcelona 7 - 0 Celtic

Craig Fowler gives his take on a torrid night for Celtic in the Champions League

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, centre, celebrates his hat-trick goal with team-mates Neymar, left, and Luis Suarez. Picture: Manu Fernandez/AP

Celtic boss: I’m not embarrassed by 7-0 rout in Barcelona

Brendan Rodgers sought to put a brave face on the heaviest defeat of Celtic’s European history after they were humbled 7-0 by a rampant Barcelona on their return to Champions League group stage football.

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Moussa Dembele strikes the penalty that would be saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Picture: AP

Brendan Rodgers laments ‘critical’ missed penalty

Manager Brendan Rodgers was disappointed with Celtic’s 7-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona, but believes his side can learn lessons from the loss and become stronger.

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Scott Brown surveys the damage as Celtic lose 7-0 in the Nou Camp. Picture: Getty

Barcelona 7 - 0 Celtic: Record Euro defeat for Parkhead side

It was widely predicted and proved simply unavoidable, but another defeat in the Nou Camp was no less painful for Celtic on their return to Champions League group stage football.

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Real Madrid are the reigning champions. Picture: Getty

Everything you need to know about Champions League 2016/17

The Champions League is back for another campaign when the first round of group games starts later tonight.

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Aleksander Ceferin, 49, head of the Slovenian Soccer Federation and candidate for the Uefa presidency. Picture: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

Uefa presidential favorite criticises Champions League deal

The favourite to become Uefa president has criticised the secret deal - accelerated ahead of Wednesday’s election - guaranteeing four Champions League group-stage places for Europe’s top four leagues.

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