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Celtic round up: Eboue Kouassi set for Hoops exit, fans call for Alexandre Pato at Parkhead

The latest news and gossip surrounding Celtic.

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Eboue’s off

Ivorian midfielder Eboue Kouassi looks set to leave Parkhead this summer with a loan move being most likely, although the 20-year-old hasn’t ruled out a permanent deal, should an attractive suitor call for his services, according to reports from The Sun.

Eboue has made as few as nine starts for the Scottish champions since making his £3 million move from Russian outfit FC Krasnodar, and is now desperate to play more regularly.

However, with captain Scott Brown ever-present in the heart of the Hoops’ midfield, Eboue has found it extremely difficult to develop under Brendan Rodgers and he’s not willing to risk a repeat next term.

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Wishful thinking

Hoops fans have jumped on a cryptic Twitter message from ex-Milan striker Alexandre Pato, with some joking – and some actually believing – that he will join Rodgers’ outfit this summer.

The Brazilian posted a lone emoji of the shamrock on his page, and its close affiliation with Celtic – who’s badge contains a very similar flower – has led many to question his intentions, and whether the 28-year-old may be considering a move to Scotland.


Pato spent last term in China with Tianjin Quanjian and scored an impressive 20 goals in 30 games, and he would undoubtedly be a serious pull for Rodgers. However, a lengthy transfer saga is unlikely to begin with an emoji.

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Sold Out!

Season tickets have officially sold out for the 2018/19 season in rapid time, and Celtic have expressed their gratitude for the fans’ support, on the official club website.

“We are delighted to announce that standard Season Tickets for the 2018/19 season are now officially sold out.

“A magnificent show of commitment from supporters has seen them snapping up Season Tickets in their thousands, ensuring their place at Paradise to watch Brendan Rodgers’ Double-Treble-winning team in action once again.”

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Despite poor World Cup Giorgian De Arrascaeta would be incredible Celtic signing

Celtic are being linked with a shock move for the Uruguayan.

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Celtic have been linked with a shock transfer move this week. According to reports, the Bhoys are keen on the signature of Uruguayan midfielder Giorgian De Arrascaeta.

The Sun initially reported that the 24-year-old would cost Celtic a fee in the region of £18 million. However, the Daily Record now suggests that asking price is inflated and Celtic will be able to afford the £10 million-plus asking price Cruzeiro have for the playmaker.

Of course, the talented La Celeste midfielder was with his nation at this summer’s World Cup. Uruguay made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, losing to eventual winners France.

But it was not a great personal performance from the player. He started the competition in the starting XI against Egypt. However, with Uruguay playing poorly and De Arrascaeta barely touching the ball, he was hauled off.

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He was subsequently dropped to the bench for the next four games of the competition, making a brief appearance against Russia in their group dead-rubber.

However, his poor form at the World Cup should not put Celtic off.

De Arrascaeta has been thriving in Brazil for a number of years and been tipped with a move to a host of top European clubs in recent years.

In fact, his difficult World Cup may have done Celtic a favour, with competition to sign him not as fierce as expected.

In Scottish football, he would be an absolute phenomenon. If Celtic can secure a transfer, then it would leave the rest of the nation trembling.

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Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on £3m flop Teemu Pukki

The Finnish striker struggled during his spell at Celtic.

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Norwich City snapped up a new recruit this week with the arrival of Teemu Pukki from Brondby on a free transfer. The 28-year-old arrives on a three-year deal and the Championship club will be hoping he can find the form he did in Denmark. He scored 25 goals in 36 games for the Danish side last season and the Canaries will hope he can take them to the next level in front of goal.

For Celtic fans, his turn of form and recent deal are something of a surprise.

The Bhoys snapped up Pukki from Schalke 04 in the summer of 2013 after he had struggled to shine in German football. The deal cost a reported £3 million and he was expected to be a hit. He was signed as a replacement for Gary Hooper, who had ironically headed to Norwich.

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On paper it looked a good deal but, for whatever reason, things did not work out for Pukki at Celtic.  He scored on his debut but soon enough the goals and his form left him. He managed just nine goals in 37 games for Celtic before joining Danish side Brondby, initially on loan, in 2014.

Pukki struggled to find the level necessary in Scotland but it would appear that his experience at Celtic has helped form him into a far better player.

Celtic fans are unlikely to wish he was still at Parkhead. When it comes to goals they are blessed with the talents of Odsonne Edouard, Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths.

But no doubt Celtic fans will be keeping an eye on his progress in the Championship, as Pukki tries to crack the UK for the second time in his career.

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He is not worth £50m but Dedryck Boyata has proved a point this summer

Celtic’s Belgian defender has silenced many doubters this summer

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Earlier this week former Celtic hero John Hartson received some ridicule after suggesting the club’s central defender Dedryck Boyata might be worth £50 million. While that is not the case and the Welshman addressed so in the Glasgow Evening Times, he has proven a lot this summer.

Which is why it would have hurt that he found himself dropped to the bench for Belgium’s lucky escape against Japan last night. Vincent Kompany replaced him now fully fit and Boyata did little to deserve being demoted.

He was excellent in the group stages, especially the game with England. He had Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy under control throughout the game and proved himself worthy of transfer talk.

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Boyata also helped to prove something about Scottish football. The game north of the border gets a rough deal from some fans considering the standard of play and football.

But there are some incredible exceptions such as Virgil van Dijk or Andrew Robertson who can go on and achieve positive things away from Scotland.

If Celtic receive a handsome offer based on Boyata’s World Cup displays this summer then they will no doubt snap it up. The Belgian has now done all he can to prove he can cut it away from Parkhead.

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