European Football

Olivier Ntcham emerges as key man in Celtic midfield hub

Like many of the players in the Celtic squad this season, Olivier Ntcham would be described as a ‘work in progress’ by 
manager Brendan Rodgers.


Celtic good enough to win in Russia says Eboue Kouassi

Eboue Kouassi believes Celtic are capable of handing Zenit St Petersburg a rare defeat on home soil tomorrow to complete their passage to the last 16 of the Europa League.

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Zenit’s closed-roof atmosphere will blow away Celtic - Andrei Lunev

Zenit keeper Andrei Lunev reckons the roof being closed in tomorrow’s second leg showdown will close the door on Celtic’s Europa League dreams.

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Zenit St Petersburg's Branislav Ivanovic missed the first leg with an eye injury. Picture: SNS

Zenit star ‘surprised’ by Celtic’s performance at Parkhead

Zenit St Petersburg grandee Branislav Ivanovic has confessed he was “surprised” by the levels Celtic produced on and off the field at home to Roberto Mancini’s men on Thursday.

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Celtic goalkeeper Dorus De Vries celebrates at full time after the  impressive 1-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg. Photograph: Rob Casey/SNS

Celtic’s Dorus de Vries enjoying his second taste of Europe

The years ebbed from veteran Dorus de Vries as the Celtic keeper stood firm against Zenit St Petersburg the other night.

Celtic's Callum McGregor celebrates after he makes it 1-0. Picture: SNS

Brendan Rodgers ‘very proud’ after Celtic defeat Zenit

Brendan Rodgers hailed his Celtic players for earning a fully deserved 1-0 first-leg lead against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League last 32.

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Celtic's Jozo Simunovic holds off Zenit's Emiliano Rigoni. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer rise to defend Celtic’s honour

There was a temptation to offer up the old ‘good luck with that’ line over Brendan Rodgers’ pre-match targeting of a clean sheet last night. Cynicism about the potential of a shut-out was far from entirely wrapped up in the frailties exhibited by Celtic in defence across recent times.

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Celtic 1-0 Zenit: How the Celtic players rated

Marks out of 10 for every Celtic player and Brendan Rodgers after a vital 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League knock-out stages

Callum McGregor wheels away after scoring the only goal of the game. Picture: PA

Celtic 1-0 Zenit: McGregor goal gives Hoops precious first leg lead

Celtic bucked their losing trend at home in European competition just when they needed it most to give themselves a genuine opportunity to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

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Celtic confirm starting line-up to face Zenit St Petersburg

Celtic have announced their starting line-up to face Zenit St Petersburg in tonight’s Europa League match at Parkhead.


Zenit boss refuses to rule Branislav Ivanovic out of Celtic clash

Zenit St Petersburg manager Roberto Mancini is refusing to rule former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic out of tonight’s Europa League clash at Celtic Park. The 33-year-old Serbia international was expected to miss the last-32 clash in Glasgow because of an eye injury.

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Three key battles that will decide Celtic v Zenit St Petersburg

Where tonight’s Europa League first-leg tie at Celtic Park will likely be won and lost.


How could Celtic line up against Zenit St Petersburg?

Celtic host Zenit St Petersburg at Parkhead tomorrow night in the first leg of their Europa League showdown.

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Chris Davies: ‘No qualms’ about picking Jack Hendry to face Zenit

Chris Davies insists Celtic will have no qualms about throwing Jack Hendry into Thursday’s Europa League battle with Zenit St Petersburg.

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Zenit clash ‘too soon’ for Tom Rogic, admits Celtic No 2 Chris Davies

Tom Rogic won’t be risked against Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday, according to Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies, who admitted that the game had come too soon for the Australian playmaker.

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Zenit v Celtic Europa League clash heading for sell out

Celtic’s second leg clash with Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League looks set to be a sell out.

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Argentine attacker Emiliano Rigoni, right, is one of Zenit's most dangerous players. Picture: Epsilon/Getty Images

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers cautious about Zenit test

A fanfare surely would have been expected to sound over Celtic’s imminent participation on the European stage post-Christmas for only the third time in almost a decade. It seems, though, to have been replaced by a fugue laced with ominous piercing squeaks and flat honks.

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Celtic accuse Stewart Regan of ‘jeopardising Champions League’ hopes

Celtic are said to be unhappy with Scottish Football Association (SFA) chief executive Stewart Regan over the scheduling of friendly matches during the summer.

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Zenit St Petersburg fined €30,000 after Europa League crowd trouble

Zenit St Petersburg have been fined €30,000 (around £26,500) by UEFA for their fans’ behaviour at a Europa League clash in Spain.

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Cristiano Ronaldo with the Golden Ball trophy after Real Madrid's victory in the Club World Cup final against Gremio.  Picture: Francois Nel/Getty Images

‘Best in history’ Ronaldo put to test by Messi in el clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo has made his claim. Now he has to live up to it.

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