Sport Celtic manager believes Africa is an underrated market

09:50  10 january  2017
09:50  10 january  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Allan set for Celtic return after failing to impress on loan

  Allan set for Celtic return after failing to impress on loan Scott Allan is ready to return to Glasgow just halfway through his season-long loan deal with Rotherham United after failing to impress during his time with the English side. Rotherham have already gone through two managers this season in Alan Stubbs and Kenny Jackett. Caretaker manager, Paul Warne is set to release a number of faces this window as he gets tough with his squad with Allan among those being cut. Allan has not played for the Millers since the middle of October days before Stubbs was axed, and the 25-year-old midfielder had only made nine appearances since joining on loan at the beginning of the season. Warne had not been impressed by Allan, and has subsequently left him out of his plans leaving the midfielder no option but to seek a return to his parent club Celtic – whom he has yet to play for under Brendan Rodgers in a competitive game. Since signing for Celtic 18 months ago, Allan has endured a miserable time at Parkhead. The Scotland under-21 international had impressed during his time at Hibernian and ex-Bhoys boss, Ronny Deila swooped in to sign him but made just 17 appearances last season. It is now up to Hoops boss to decide whether Allan stays and tries to impress him, or goes out on another loan deal. Allan has tough competition for a starting place at Celtic and it is unlikely that Rodgers will reintroduce him to the team any time soon.

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Brendan Rodgers believes Africa is an underrated market that could potentially fill Scottish football with some top young talent.

The Hoops are poised to sign 19-year-old Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue from Russian side Krasnodar, with the player having already joined up with his new teammates in Dubai for their winter training camp.

And the manager of the Parkhead club believes that Africa can be a new area for clubs to scan for players instead of always looking to the European leagues.

Eboue will join fellow Ivory Coast born player Kolo Toure at the Hoops,  a veteran centre-back who’s had years of experience playing at the top.

No bids made for Moussa Dembele

  No bids made for Moussa Dembele Reports surfaced yesterday that West Ham had launched a £20m bid to sign Celtic’s star striker Moussa Dembele in January. Well, those claims have quickly been laid to rest it seems. Assistant manager Chris Davies was speaking to the media in Dubai this morning and addressed reports of a bid for the 20-year-old. Twitter: CD on speculation over bids for @MDembele_10 “Definitely well below his valuation that’s for sure. No formal bid.” #BhoysinDubai (@celticfc) “[£20m is] Definitely well below his valuation that’s for sure. No formal bid [has been made].” Davies told reporters. “It’s all paper talk and speculation. Moussa is happy and we are working hard, and that’s that.” “Message has been pretty clear from the manager, we know this is the best place for Moussa to develop and improve.” So, the Celtic camp have stated no bid has been made, but what about from the alleged bidders? West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan told Telegraph Sport today that his club have not made a bid for the player and that he is not a target for the Hammers. “We have not bid for this player and he’s not a target of ours.” So both sides confirm no bid has been made, which begs the question: why are West Ham posting on their official site about a £20m bid being made? Either way, it appears Moussa Dembele’s immediate future is firmly at Celtic and they have no intention of selling the France U21 international.

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Rodgers was quoted by the Evening Times when speaking of talent from other continents, saying:

“I look at the Scottish players and say, ‘can I help them? can I develop them?’”

“But there are also certain markets you can bring players in from to help Celtic and help Scottish football – and Africa has always been that.”

“It’s always been a market where you find players who are hungry.”

“Kolo Toure is the perfect example. You only need to look at Kolo’s academy in the Ivory Coast to see the likes of Gervinho, Kolo, Yaya, Cissoko coming through – big talents.”

“Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal – in western Africa they have big talent.”

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Celtic have had success in the past when it comes to picking out African talent, with Kenyan-born Victor Wanyama being a notable example.

Celtic want more than £20m for Dembele

  Celtic want more than £20m for Dembele The 20-year-old wonderkid has attracted attention from at least one Premier League club, but his current employers are determined to get a fair price for their starCeltic assistant manager Chris Davies insists they have no intention of selling Moussa Dembele for £20 million amid reported interest from West Ham.

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The talented midfielder was signed from Beerschot by Neil Lennon, with the club making a healthy profit when selling him to Southampton.

Rodgers, who was awarded manager of the month for December, will look to start the second half of the campaign off with a win when they face Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup on 22nd January.

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Moravcik urges Celtic to become treble winners .
Former treble winner Lubo Moravcik has urged for Celtic to win it again this season for the first time since his side done it in 2001. Rodgers’ side won the League Cup in November and are currently 19 points clear in the league, and will likely be crowned champions for the sixth time in a row later this year. The Scottish Cup is the only other competition left for the Bhoys to win to complete the treble for the first time since Martin O’Neill was in charge. Speaking to the Evening Times, Moravcik said: “It is not just that Celtic have been winning, but winning with a certain swagger in the majority of their games.” “They look so much better than everyone else and when you have that ability along with the belief then you become a very hard team to stop. The key thing is confidence and if you have that then you find that you have so much momentum.” “I haven’t seen too many games but I go on and watch them on YouTube to catch up and I have been really impressed with the manager. He seems to have got his message across about how he wants the team to play very quickly and I think that is always the sign of a good coach.” Rodgers’ side are in a great position to become history makers and it is up to them to push on and win the Scottish Cup. Celtic have not won the Scottish Cup since 2013, however, with the League Cup coming early this season with the new format, the expectations are high for the Hoops to win it. Rodgers would become only the third Celtic manager to win a domestic treble. Jock Stein won two trebles with the Hoops and Martin O’Neill won that one in 2001. Celtic have returned from their winter break in Dubai, and are ready to lock horns with Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

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