Neil Lennon’s Celtic have done well against Celtic in recent seasons but were beaten twice at Fir Park last season. Does that give them extra motivation going into tonight?
Yes I think the fact they’ve lost there the last 2 times does give them motivation. I’m not saying they lack motivation, far from it, but it does appear on the domestic front now things are quite comfortable. With the elimination from the Champions League, the domestic games obviously go to the front burner and we saw that against Hearts last week, it was devastating and the best Celtic performance we’ve seen for quite some time. So yes n a funny sort of way, the fact that they have come a cropper in the last two times at Fir Park might serve Celtic well going into this Friday night match.
Just on the point of that Friday night match. Celtic haven’t played a Friday night match for 15 years, but it’s something that’s been introduced to Scottish football recently. Of course you’ve commentated on some of those, what’s your feelings on Friday night fixtures in general, does it add something to Scottish football?
I’m a huge fan of Friday night football in Scotland. I think it’s something that’s been looked at in the last couple of years and I’ve been part of it as a commentator, funnily enough at Fir Park in most cases as that’s been picked for a lot of the live televised games. You have to look at it from a number of angles, if a game is to be televised we all know it can’t be at 3 o’clock on a Saturday so then you look at the other options. I think for quite a lot of fans, Friday night is maybe the best option. It doesn’t work for everyone if they have to work or have commitments but that’s equally true for other times. I think the atmosphere is better, I’ve covered German football and have done for many years and they’ve made Friday night one of the key days in their weekend and nobody complains about it or says this is terrible. I think under the lights it does give it something extra, the games have generally been better that we’ve covered on a Friday night as opposed to Saturday lunchtime when maybe the fans aren’t quite as into it. It has to be experimented with over the next year or so and we’ll see where it goes. It’s something well worth analysing going forward.
Monaco in talks for Otamendi
Monaco are stepping up their efforts to sign Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi from FC Porto, reports O Jogo.
The 25-year-old continues to be linked with a big club move and the French giants appear to be leading the chase for his signature.
Having now endured over three months of complete speculation since the summer transfer window slammed shut, we’re all well aware of Liverpool‘s apparent transfer targets for January.
Every day the tabloids are filled with stories of Ryan Bertrand to Anfield, Will Hughes to Merseyside, Jorginho to join the Reds. We’ve heard it all before, we get the message.
So to cure your transfer rumour boredom and also bring some fresh perspective to the table, we at Football FanCast have come up with a list of SIX signings Brendan Rodgers could make when the transfer window reopens that will come at some surprise to Premier League fans.
Barcelona have dismissed reports suggesting they are preparing a bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, according to the Independent.
The Argentina international has caught the eye with a string of impressive performances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, leading a number of clubs, including the Spanish champions, to be linked with a move for his services.
However, Josep Bartomeu, vice-president of the Catalan club, has confirmed that there has been no contact with the former Atletico Madrid man.
City have also moved to insist that their star striker, who moved to the Etihad Stadium in July 2011, is not for sale.
His opener in the 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion was his seventeenth goal in all competitions so far this season, with eleven strikes coming in the English top fight.
Since the summer transfer window slammed shut, we’ve had to endure for three months the same old speculative transfer stories popping up in the tabloids.
David Moyes wants Ander Herrera. Angel Di Maria to Manchester United. Red Devils to trigger Marco Reus’ £30million release clause.
Blah blah blah, we’ve heard it all before.
So to cure your transfer rumour boredom, that becomes inevitable at this time of year, we at Football FanCast have come up with a list of SIX players the Red Devils could sign in January that would come as some surprise to the majority of Premier League fans.
Arsenal have moved ahead of Chelsea and Tottenham in the race for Auxerre forward Paul-Georges Ntep, after the striker admitted that a move to the Emirates Stadium would appeal to him.
The Premier League trio – plus Aston Villa - have all been tracking the 21-year-old for some time following his emergence as one of French football’s top young players.
Six goals in just seven U-21 appearances for his nation have prompted talk that he could leave Auxerre, with the second-tier outfit aware that they face a struggle to keep their latest starlet.
Ntep himself has ambitions of playing regularly to a bigger side, and says that Arsenal are a club that he would be interested in joining.
AS Roma are showing interest in Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Etienne Capoue, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Giallorossi boss Rudi Garcia is a big admirer of the player having watched him in action quite a few times during his time at Lille and he is now hoping to lure him to Stadio Olimpico.
Capoue only left Toulouse last summer to join Tottenham Hotspur, but he hasn’t quite managed to leave his mark in English Premier League.
While an ankle injury also halted his progress, the Frenchman has only featured in four league matches this season, and Roma look ready to offer him an escape route from White Hart Lane.