Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been revelling in their side’s 54-match unbeaten domestic run in recent times, although their team were trounced by PSG yesterday evening.
Brendan Rodgers’ men won the Scottish Premiership, Scottish League Cup, and Scottish Cup at a canter last season, and deserve much credit for doing so, although they again struggled to make an impact on the European stage, finishing fourth in their Champions League group.
And they have again been dealt a difficult hand with PSG, Bayern Munich, and Anderlecht in their group this time round, although the Celtic supporters lining up at the bar will be hoping that the Celtic Park atmosphere can again inspire their side to a famous European night this evening.
However, recent reports from TEAMtalk suggest that Manchester City’s Phil Foden may well have been turning out for the Bhoys tonight, although Rodgers’ men reportedly failed in their deadline day pursuit of the midfielder.
The 17-year-old has come up through the ranks at the Etihad Stadium but has yet to make a first team appearance in Pep Guardiola’s side, albeit has appeared on the bench in three of their four Premier League matches this term.
And with the Champions League getting underway this week, and City’s Carabao Cup campaign beginning next week, the Englishman is likely to earn first team minutes for the Citizens over the coming weeks and months, given that Guardiola is reportedly an admirer of the midfielder.
And that led to the Premier League title challengers rejecting Celtic’s approach for the youngster on deadline day, thwarting Rodgers in his quest to bolster his ranks at Celtic Park.
Landlord’s verdict: Celtic’s remarkable dominance in Scottish football last season surely leaves Brendan Rodgers with one main aim this term, improving their fortunes in Europe.
They’ve been given one of toughest groups you could wish for in the Champions League though, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich present, and Rodgers clearly felt that further reinforcements were needed late in the summer window to bolster his ranks ahead of their exploits this term.
Yet he failed in a bid to bring Phil Foden from Manchester City to Celtic Park, a 17-year-old midfielder who is reportedly admired by Citizens boss Pep Guardiola, and is set for first team appearances at the Etihad Stadium this season.
That, clearly, was enough to convince the Manchester club to reject Celtic’s approach, but how much developing Foden can achieve from fleeting appearances at City, as opposed to likely regular football at Celtic, very much remains to be seen.
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