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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 Nash

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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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Rangers get one over Celtic with arrival of Jon Flanagan

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is bringing his old pal to Ibrox this summer, despite interest from Glasgow rivals

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Rangers are set to complete the signature of Jon Flanagan. The 25-year-old has been released by Liverpool after years of injury trouble and recent problems off the pitch. He finished last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers, but just four years ago he only just missed out on the World Cup squad for England in Brazil.

Steven Gerrard, his former team-mate, has clearly managed to talk the player into an Ibrox move. It is a great coup for Rangers as, when fit, the defender can be a star for the club. Considering he was being tipped as a future superstar by Cafu just three years ago it is not a stretch to believe he can be a star in Scotland.

(of Liverpool of Tranmere Rovers during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

Rangers also have double the reason to celebrate, as the signing of Flanagan gets one over on their Old Firm rivals Celtic. As reported by The Sunday Post Celtic were also after the full-back earlier this month.

That is not the first time Celtic have wanted him either. The Scottish Sun reported interest in the player back in the summer of 2016. It is clear that Brendan Rodgers was hopeful of reuniting with his former player, but it seems the bond with former team-mate Gerrard may be stronger.

It could also be that in terms of first-team football in Glasgow, Flanagan fancies his chances at Ibrox over Parkhead.

But if he can become a hit at Rangers, no doubt the clubs fans will be reminding Celtic that they beat them to his signature.

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Celtic boost as Leicester City pull out of race for Patrick Roberts

The winger could stay at Parkhead beyond the summer, after the latest events.

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Celtic have revived hope in the possibility of signing Patrick Roberts once again, after Leicester City pull out of negotiations for the forward, according to the Daily Mirror.

The winger looked set to depart Parkhead, come the end of his loan, as part of an exchange deal with Premier League champions Manchester City for Leicester City superstar Riyad Mahrez, but the report claims the Foxes have ended negotiations with City.

James Maddison has been confirmed at the King Power Stadium on a five-year deal today, via the official club website, effectively ending their interest in Roberts, as the two operate in similar areas.


The news will have come as a surprise to fans of the Scottish champions, as Brendan Rodgers was all but resigned to the prospect of Roberts leaving this summer. But it now looks as though he could be spending a third-consecutive season in Glasgow.

The 21-year-old is unlikely to be made a permanent addition this summer, with the Leicester Mercury reporting that the player is currently valued at £15 million, which, without serious out-goings isn’t a realistic prospect for the Bhoys.

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Rodgers will now hope he can convince Roberts to stay beyond the summer on loan, to remain as a key-part of the outfit as they begin their title defence. And the Manchester City man may have to accept if alternate suitors fail to make enquiries and he wishes to continue playing regularly.

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Chris Sutton is right, Celtic must move on from Stuart Armstrong

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It appears that Celtic could lose midfielder Stuart Armstrong this summer. The 26-year-old has entered the final year of his contract at the club.

With that in mind, Celtic will not want to risk losing him on a free and are set to sell him instead this summer.

Southampton, Crystal Palace, Brighton and West Brom have been linked with the player, who is being valued at £6 million.

For one former Celtic player, it is a simple decision. Chris Sutton, who spent six years at Parkhead, is predictably unequivocal in his feelings about the midfield maestro.

He sent out this Tweet yesterday:

Whilst not many people enjoy agreeing with Sutton, on this occasion, he is 100 percent right.

Armstrong has been a great servant for Celtic since arriving from Dundee United in 2015. The Scotland international has been a brilliant player but the club can easily replace him.

Callum McGregor has already shown that he is capable of taking his place in the Celtic first-team and the club already have plenty of options in his position.

With £6 million in the kitty, Celtic could easily bring in recruits capable of taking his role in the first-team.

The sale of Armstrong simply makes sense for Celtic, who need fully-committed players to be a success domestically and in Europe.

Time to let Armstrong go.

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