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Where are they now: Celtic’s last five young players of the year

We look at the club’s last five Young Player of the Year award winners.

Ruari Macneil



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Earlier this month, Kieran Tierney picked up Celtic’s Young Player of the Year award at the club’s end of season awards ceremony.

Having taken Europe by storm with his dazzling displays from left-back, which will only fuel speculation of interest from some of the continent’s most elite clubs, still only aged 20, Tierney is undoubtedly a worthy winner.

Still eligible for the prize in the coming seasons, Tierney has every chance of being named the young player of the year a further few times.

However, instead of looking to the future, we are going to take this opportunity to see who won the prize in the years before the man the Hoops fans call KT, and where the previous winners are currently at in their careers.

2015/2016, 2016/2017 – Kieran Tierney

Unsurprisingly, last season after Celtic’s treble winning campaign, Tierney picked up the prize for the first time in his career after a stunning display from start to finish under Brendan Rodgers.

The previous year, in 15/16, Tierney also won the prize, meaning he has now picked up the famous accolade three years on the trot.

This may seem excessive, however, it is only a true reflection of what the young full-back has achieved in the game.

Aged only 20, Tierney has amassed over 120 appearances for his club, including nearly 30 games in Europe.

He has captained both his club and country, picking up nine Scotland caps so far, and is constantly touted as one of the brightest young talents in all of European football.

The only surprising thing is that Tierney has not actually won the club’s Player of the Year prize, although his consistent displays in a Celtic shirt have thrown him right in contention each time.

2014/2015 – Jason Denayer

Belgian centre-half Jason Denayer enjoyed the 14/15 campaign on loan at Celtic from Manchester City, picking up the Young Player of the Year award in his first season in professional football.

In Glasgow, Denayer earned his professional debut, and formed a formidable partnership with none other than the world’s most expensive defender, Virgil van Dijk.

Having won the league and cup double as a Celtic player, Denayer was not enticed enough to stay and has since enjoyed loan spells with both Galatasaray and Sunderland.

Still owned by City, Denayer is currently being loaned out to Galatasaray for the second time and has become a full Belgian international in the last couple of years.

2013/2014 – Darnell Fisher

English right-back Darnell Fisher picked up Celtic’s Young Player of the Year award in 13/14 having broken into the first team under Neil Lennon.

The man from Reading made 13 appearances for the Hoops that season, deputising for Mikael Lustig on occasions, and stayed at the club for a couple more seasons before moving on to Rotherham United.

Last summer, Fisher earned a move to Preston North End, where he has since become a regular starter for the Championship outfit.

Aged 24, the full-back is working well under Scotsman Alex Neil as the club continue to develop into a side close to being worthy of earning a play-off position.

2012/2013 – Victor Wanyama

Kenyan legend Victor Wanyama picked up the prestigious award back in 12/13, after a stunning campaign with the Hoops.

Wanyama only stayed for two seasons at Celtic, but enjoyed a wonderful career at that, winning three trophies and making nearly 100 appearances in the green and white.

That season, Wanyama famously bagged Celtic’s opening goal in their historic victory over Barcelona in the Champions League, towering over the opposition defence to head home a neat header from a Charlie Mulgrew corner.

Since winning the award, Wanyama earned a move to the Premier League with Southampton, developing the reputation as one of the most dominant central midfielders in the league.

He has since moved on to Tottenham Hotspur where he, and his teammates, continue to knock on the door of Europe’s elite, looking to join the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City as one of the most feared teams on the continent.

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Celtic’s Kieran Tierney could replace Danny Rose at Tottenham, despite large fee

Celtic have slapped a £30 million price tag on the 20-year-old.

Josh Kerr



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Kieran Tierney is another emerging star from the Scottish Premier League and his current club Celtic are already preparing for the top English clubs to come swooping this summer.

According to Daily Mail, Brendan Rodgers’ side have committed to a £30 million asking price to deflect the advances of the likes of Tottenham, who are said to be considering a move for the 20-year-old.

Despite the large fee, Spurs should not be put off making an approach. The young Scotsman would be the ideal long-term replacement for Danny Rose whose departure from North London looks inevitable this summer.

The Lilywhites have reportedly been watching Tierney throughout the season, with his performances for the Hoops impressing.

His displays in the Champions League, despite encountering a challenging group, including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, will have impressed Mauricio Pochettino and it this level of talent that could see Spurs swoop for the left-back.

The departure of Danny Rose appears imminent, with the Englishman likely to leave after an 11-year spell with the Lilywhites and his exit will leave Spurs need to ensure they are able to sign a top quality replacement and the Celtic academy prospect could just do that.

At just 20, he is already thriving in his home country winning title after title, and already looks ready for a big-money move to fulfil his outstanding potential. In a Spurs side that relies on the attacking quality of its full-backs, Tierney would fit right in.

However, the player is under contract until 2023 after signing a new six-year deal last season, meaning the Scottish champions are in no rush to sell.

Having said this, an offer from the Premier League and a side capable of reaching the latter stages in Europe would prove difficult to turn down. If Spurs are able to meet Celtic’s asking price, it will be interesting to see if the Hoops would be willing to turn down such a significant fee.

The sale of Rose will most likely be enough to fund Tierney’s move and many Spurs fans will be eager to see their side launch a raid for Celtic’s most promising young talent.

Spurs will not want to break the bank for a Rose replacement. However, if the Lilywhites are to continue progressing under Pochettino then they need to ensure the board match the ambition of the fans by ensuring maximum strength in every position of the pitch.

Tierney has already established himself as one of Britain’s top full-backs and a move to the Premier League could take the Scotland international to the next level in his development.

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Celtic’s historic treble cements place as the dominant force of Scottish football

Brendan Rodgers’ side secured a second successive treble this weekend.

Martyn Cooke



Brendan Rodgers
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On Saturday afternoon, whilst much of the world’s attention was focused on the historic Royal wedding taking place at Windsor, Celtic were busy making their own piece of history in the Scottish Cup Final.

Goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham secured a comfortable victory against Motherwell and means that Celtic have now secured back-to-back domestic trebles to cement their position as the dominant force in Scottish football.

After going the entirety of last season undefeated in domestic competitions, many onlookers were left wondering what more the club achieve in the subsequent season. Although they were not able to repeat that feat this campaign, Celtic ensured that they would break a different record by becoming the first team to win successive trebles.

It is a remarkable feat. Neither Jock Stein or Martin O’Neill were able to ensure such dominance despite the legendary teams that they both developed, which leads us to Brendan Rodgers.

When the Northern Irishman arrived in Scotland two years ago he came with his reputation having taken something of a beating by the media and supporters south of the border.

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He had risen to prominence during a successful spell with Swansea City, which ultimately earned him a move to Liverpool in 2012.

Initially he had made good progress at Anfield, coming within a Steven Gerrard slip of winning the Premier League title in 2013/14, yet the departure of Luis Suarez and poor decisions in the transfer market resulted in a sharp decline in performances and results in subsequent years.

Rodgers was sacked in October 2015, departing with no silverware to show for his efforts, and was left wondering what might have been. His initial impact at Liverpool was quickly forgotten – he was branded a failure and unsuitable for management at a so-called ‘big’ club.

However, the 45-year-old has rebuilt his reputation in Glasgow and has reinvented himself as one of the leading coaches in British football.

He has moulded Celtic into serial winners and the team play with pace, energy, style and swagger that produces football which is blissfully simply, yet joyous to watch.

Rodgers has created a club that has cemented its position at the summit of Scottish football and that has been so dominant over the last two years that it is difficult to see anyone toppling them.

Critics will automatically highlight the financial disparity that exists between Celtic and the remainder of the Scottish Premier League as the defining factor of Rodgers’ success.

Whilst that is true to an extent, it fails to explain why previously Celtic managers have been unable to produce the same level of dominance in previous years?

If the task of winning back-to-back trebles or going an entire domestic campaign unbeaten is so easy, why has it never been done before?

The truth is that Rodgers has taken Celtic onto the next level and, whilst money does play a part, it is his coaching, man management and playing philosophy that have been the most pertinent factors. He and the team should rightfully bask in the plaudits and glory of the previous two campaigns.

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It is ironic to think that, prior to moving to Glasgow, Rodgers’ management career had lacked any tangible reward in terms of silverware.

Now he has won six trophies in two years.

However, there is still a sense that the Northern Irishman has work to do at Celtic. Their performances in domestic competitions have not been replicated in Europe and there is still certainly room for improvement on that account.

Then there is the imminent arrival of Steven Gerrard at Glasgow Rangers.

His appointment has generated considerable interest and intrigue in the Scottish game with some suggesting that his arrival could mark the start of club’s resurgence and re-emergence as a genuine force.

It remains to be seen what Gerrard’s impact will be at Ibrox, but there is little doubt that Rodgers would like nothing more than to swat away any challenge from his former captain and to discourage any sort of revival by Celtic’s cross-city rivals.

Any sense that Celtic supporters are becoming bored by their club’s dominance have not been apparent during the previous couple of months. The scale and sound of their celebrations in recent weeks suggests that they are thoroughly enjoying their moment in the spotlight.

And so they should. There team is making history and, judging by the previous two years, they will have plenty to celebrate in the future.

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Manchester City’s move for Lovro Majer could prove good news for Celtic

Celtic have been monitoring the talented Croatian for some time now.

Mathew Coull



Manchester City are seemingly in the hunt for a talented Croatian midfielder, according to reports over the weekend. It is being suggested by The Sun that Lovro Majer is a City target for this summer. The report suggests that the NK Lokomotiva midfield talent is being eyed as an eventual replacement for the recently departed City legend Yaya Toure. A fee of £8 million is being mooted and if City are keen, it is hard not to see them making a deal happen.

But could this be good news for Celtic?

Celtic are also believed to be keen on Majer. Last summer Secolo XIX reported that Celtic were one of many teams interested in the player and that talk continued for much of the summer.

In the end, Celtic failed to secure any deal for Majer and he is now an expensive recruit after an exceptional season with his club side.

Celtic were again linked in March as they began preparing for the summer transfer window. But Manchester City making a move for the player might present the best chance of seeing Majer in a Celtic shirt next season.

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Whilst City rate Majer highly, it would appear unlikely he would walk straight into the first-team picture at the Etihad Stadium.

A loan deal would likely be the best solution for the 20-year-old. Celtic will then be knocking on the door.

The Bhoys have a good rapport with the Premier League champions and have done business with them on numerous occasions in the past. Patrick Roberts, Jason Denayer, Dedryck Boyata and Olivier Ntcham all headed to Parkhead from City – either on loan or permanently.

Using that link to their advantage Majer would surely remain a Celtic target, even after he completes an expected transfer to Manchester City.

Whilst it would be disappointing not to have Majer permanently, Celtic would still get to experience the midfielder for a temporary spell. He could then show why he has been so highly rated for his performances in his homeland.

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