The Celtic players are all on a well-earned summer break. After winning a historic treble and with some participating in the latest international break, now is the time for them to take a couple of weeks R&R before pre-season starts in July.
Celtic’s Matt O’Riley was in training with Denmark just after the season ended and despite not representing the country in this international break, it’s fair to say his debut for the senior squad will not be that far away.
However, holiday beckons. So do photo’s of players in their moments of relaxation and Matt O’Riley posted a photo on Instagram that instantly made the male population of the Celtic support tell him to give it a by.
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I mean, come on ffs! What chance does anyone have when O’Riley looks like something that has been chiselled out of stone?
The 21-year-old clearly looks after himself and it’s fair to say the Celtic fans, although they appreciate Matt looking after his fitness, were feeling a little insecure about the pic.
So was former Celtic, Josip Juranovic and current Hoops hero, Jota.
It’s fair to say our Matt looks after himself so I’m going to end this blog here as I already feel unhandsome at the time of writing!
Celtic midfielder, Reo Hatate has just enjoyed a ten day spell on international duty with Japan.
The tenacious midfielder played a huge part in Japan’s wins against El Salvador and Peru and has cemented his place in Hajime Moriyasu’s plans for sure.
However, because of his solid performances, Hatate is being tipped for a move to the English Premier League.
But former Celtic striker, Frank McAvennie is hopeful that the club can keep him for another season.
“If you are a good player you are going to get poached by the Premier League,” he told Football Insider.
“I think Hatate would be an excellent player down there, he is similar to [Kaoru] Mitoma at Brighton.
“I just hope we get another year out of Hatate. He is a great player but he is not the finished article yet.
“If he waits another year he will do down there a better player and be able to hold his own.
“It is a hard place to go and play football. I think if we get another year out of Hatate I will be delighted.”
The Japanese midfielder still has three years left to run on his contract so if anyone wants him, they will need to offer silly money.
Before the departure of Ange Postecoglou, Hatate had already stated that he is happy at Celtic.
But the landscape may have changed since then. With the Celtic players away on holiday after international duty had ended, the fans will be hoping that we can get through the summer without losing any of our top players.
As Celtic plan for the summer under Brendan Rodgers, Rangers are planning to play catch up with their summer rebuild.
The Ibrox club have been linked with various players being added to their squad
But one of them won’t be Cyriel Dessers, according to reports in Italy. The forward from Belgium has been widely regarded as the player Beale wants to assist replace departing players like Alfredo Morelos. But according to reports from Italy, things appear to have hit a roadblock.
According to Calcio Mercato via the Daily Record, the Cremonese forward has rejected Rangers. In light of the rising attention, it is said that the 28-year-old “would prefer to stay in Italy.” This month, it was reported that Torino might be involved in trying to buy Dessers.
But wherever he ends up, it’s not with the Rangers. It’s a setback for Beale and his aspirations of strengthening the forward areas.
With Morelos now officially left the club, Beale is left Antonio Conakry, who he clearly doesn’t fancy, and Kemar Rooney who has spent more time on the treatment table than on the pitch.
Aw well, Beale needs to move onto his plan B and find another freebie to help build his challenge to Celtic.
The Celtic fans are still waiting and wondering if and when the Brendan Rodgers deal will be announced.
Whilst some fans panic, others are happy to wait for the club to make the announcement.
Me? I’ve been constantly refreshing the news feed on The London Stock Exchange because if you want to hear the news first, that’s where it’ll land before the Scottish media get told.
However, it seems like the Celtic fans don’t need to worry. As former Daily Record journalist, Dan James has said.
James was having a cheeky little dog at those people who think they are “in the know” when he said this:
It seems now it’s just a case of sitting and waiting for the club to make the formal announcement.
With the Celtic fans (and probably the players) desperate to see who takes over from Ange Postecoglou, it seems it won’t be too long before Rodgers is officially announced as the new Celtic manager.