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The only thing is that there is a group of really, really talented players in front of him in the France squad at the moment. But if he keeps knocking on the door, you never know. It may open for him.feedback
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Nov 17 2017
Brendan Rodgers has most recently been quoted in an article called Rodgers backs Dembele for France's World Cup squad. Brendan Rodgers said, “That's something which can certainly get him the opportunity. Then you can do no more. Moussa is now up to speed in his fitness. He's scoring goals for his club and got a great hat-trick for the France under-21s on Monday. It looks like he is developing and continuing – he can do no more.”. Brendan Rodgers has been quoted a grand total of 210 times in 93 articles.
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Oct 30 2017

It's just been a process with Moussa – dipping him in for 30 minutes, then a bit longer. Then at Aberdeen last week he was absolutely outstanding. He is a fantastic player.feedback

Oct 30 2017

Karl-Heinz was a world-class player and professional. He has his own opinion. I have always protected my team. With Robert not 100% fit it would make no sense for him to play.feedback

Oct 30 2017

My job as the leader is to think of the bigger picture, what our goals are, and I am a realist. Having worked with players at that [top] level, I know how they think, how they work and the difficulties of that. But it doesn't take away our notion of what we want to try and do which is, as it was the minute I came in here, to get Celtic respect at the very top table.feedback

Oct 21 2017 - Champions League

To play in the Champions League, then to score four goals here against difficult opponents was very pleasing and to get to 60 games without a domestic defeat is really incredible. The players' mentality is excellent.feedback

Oct 18 2017

We hope we can do better in terms of dealing with crosses and then look to create chances and hopefully take those chances.feedback

Oct 18 2017

We have to respect where we are at as a club in terms of the level of player we are playing against. We are limited in terms of our options in defence. The guys gave an honest performance so I was happy enough with that.feedback

Oct 18 2017

We always have to go into every game believing we can get a result, so when we play them next time around we will be at home in front of a great crowd.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Scottish independence

Who are the best players in the world? Messi, Suarez, Hazard, Iniesta, Neymar, Verrati.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Scottish independence

Verrati is 5ft 6ins but he's not in conflict with the ball. He keeps it. Scotland can find a systematic approach to work in, to play in, so that if there are players missing, the next ones can come in, if you have a profile and a clear identity – because that's what it's going to take, a collective effort.feedback

Oct 12 2017 - Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland lost against Norway but you could clearly see good organisation and an identity in the team. They have created a spirit these last few years and that is what also makes the difference.feedback

Oct 01 2017 - Scottish independence

Michael's done an incredible job with the international team. Stevie Robinson's starting out and Hibs look very much improved with Neil at the helm. I see a hunger and a desire and a shape to how they're playing. Tommy Wright is another experienced coach and good manager.feedback

Oct 01 2017 - Scottish independence

In all of those guys, there's real love and passion for football and, when you have that, you have a willingness to learn and improve and not just settle on what you've achieved.feedback

Sep 22 2017

It's a new team. In fairness to Pedro, for whatever reason he's not liked what he's seen in the group. He's gone out and been backed really well by the board to bring in players of substance and quality, so it's a lot of change there, but there will obviously still be scars. There's no question about that.feedback

Sep 22 2017

Let's be clear that when I came up here … all the propaganda before a ball was kicked was that before the end of the season they'd be going for 55. I don't hear so much. That was something that was apparent when I came in. For everyone, it was. I certainly think the noise is different. I am not very keen to overly talk about another club. I don't want to spend a whole press conference talking about another team.feedback

Sep 22 2017

Whatever noise comes out, that's up to them. Our focus has purely been on Celtic, really. It's certainly not as apparent. They have had good players coming in, they know where they're at and they know they want to be better. It's still very early in the season. They will want to work well and get a result, too.feedback

Sep 22 2017

For years he's talked about as a player who growls and snaps but there's his level of possession, how he takes the ball and makes passes – he's tactically very good.feedback

Sep 22 2017

But I always think it's a new season, it's only the beginning, so the game should be a great one, like they always are. There will also be players experiencing it for the first time.feedback

Sep 22 2017

Sometimes when you have midweek games, you play and then recover and don't do a lot of physical work in between. We had to make a decision – come out of working hard in training to play for an hour, or stay behind and get four good sessions.feedback

Sep 22 2017

That's what we did. Moussa has had a good week and will be ready for Saturday.feedback

Sep 14 2017

I have said before that it's part of his game. But we will see it again and again. If he wants to be liked as much as Messi, maybe he needs to stop that.feedback

Sep 13 2017 - UEFA

I think the stewards dealt with it at the time and I'm sure the club will deal with it. The crowd and their reaction told you everything you needed to know.feedback

Sep 13 2017 - UEFA

It was bitterly disappointing and I'm sure the club will deal with that. Whoever that person was it shouldn't be anything we see, especially on a football field.feedback

Sep 13 2017

It's a tough lesson, a harsh lesson for us. This is a level which is all about learning for us, and tonight we'll learn from that.feedback

Sep 13 2017

At this level you have to make the ball work, and you have to have that belief. In that opening period, there was too much space, the physicality wasn't what it should have been – whoever we were playing, it wasn't what we would like.feedback

Sep 12 2017

In the first half-hour of the second half, we were much better but you can always concede against players of that quality. It's a phenomenal squad that Paris have but I was proud of the players in the second half and the supporters were terrific tonight, they kept encouraging us.feedback

Sep 12 2017

This is a level where you have to look after the ball – we didn't do that in the first half. We played like Under-12s. It's confidence, it's belief. We could have been better in the first half, we were too passive, didn't press well enough and stood off.feedback

Sep 12 2017 - Christmas

Of course, for our own performance level and for the nation, we are trying to gain credibility and, obviously, as professionals, we want to continue in Europe after Christmas, but you have to understand the size of the task. It's not PlayStation - it's top, top players we are playing. How can you compete with a £750m team?feedback

Sep 11 2017

We need to be educated in our pressure and how we press the game and how we play our natural game.feedback

Sep 11 2017

Their focus is on winning it. For us, 12 months ago, we were just getting ready for our first game and I didn't believe we were anywhere near the level we are at now. We have developed a courage to play our game and have the courage to physically press and work teams. The attitude is everything in these games. If you stand off top-class players, they'll punish you.feedback

Sep 11 2017

In modern-day football you have players who love football but don't necessarily love the club they play for. He's one of a small band who absolutely loves football – but also loves Celtic. And it's great to see his development.feedback

Sep 11 2017

He's got an incredible determination, an old-school determination. He lives his life right, he doesn't drink or do stupid things. He's in every day training like a dog. He fights, he runs, he's aggressive. And he's a lovely boy.feedback

Sep 11 2017

I saw in the first two days I was in charge that he will be a top player. Having worked with young players – and lots of them – and seen them grow and develop into top stars, there's no question about that.feedback

Sep 08 2017

It's great to have Patrick back, a young player who is still developing in his game. The beauty with Patrick, having spent 18 months here, is that he knows what Celtic is about and he knows the pressure and the expectations.feedback

Sep 08 2017

Odsonne is a young talent, one that excites me in terms of his development over the course of next season. He has a lot of qualities – he is fast, strong and powerful. If you look at the French national set-up from the Under-17s to the national team, the profiles of the players are pretty much the same.feedback

Sep 08 2017

We want to ensure we're winning as many games as we can in as many competitions as can. The league is our bread and butter.feedback

Sep 08 2017 - Christmas

It's very important for us and we're focused on getting a result against Hamilton. This is what you're in football for, we have a busy schedule between now and the Christmas period, but it's what we want. It's a really exciting time.feedback

Sep 04 2017

We would have broken our transfer record for Patrick. We wanted to find the deal that would get him back here. But he's a Manchester City player. We could have offered them £30m and they would have said no.feedback

Sep 04 2017

They didn't want to sell. So the best option was to get him back on loan.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Christmas

Try not to lose the first game 7-0. We're playing against 11 motorbikes, aren't we? But listen, I want us to be playing European football after Christmas, that's the aim.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Christmas

The games against PSG and Bayern are going to be great nights. And the one thing I will say is this: having been a manager around the world and inside some of the biggest stadiums, there is a noise at Celtic Park you just don't get anywhere else.feedback

Aug 21 2017

It's a tough game for us no matter what the lead is. What we've shown as we've developed is that the way we play is aggressive. We're going to have to defend well, but we know we have the game to attack and be aggressive, so we know we can score. The job is to complete it, it's over two legs, then sit back and enjoy the draw.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Champions League

The first game is important. At home, the atmosphere has been absolutely incredible in the Champions League games in particular so we'll need that on Wednesday night. We'll see if we can get a positive result to take over there the following week.feedback

Aug 12 2017

He's still got improvements that he will make. I don't get a sense from him other than he's in a good place, in a happy place. He genuinely actually loves playing for the club and there are very few players like that nowadays. Players love football but they don't necessarily love the club. Kieran Tierney loves football – and he loves Celtic.feedback

Aug 12 2017

Listen, there may come a time when you are that good and you are young, with so much potential, there is always that danger [of a bid] but we will cross that bridge when it comes to it. I don't think there's a chance of it imminently, but you always have to be ready because with a top young player like that there's always the possibility.feedback

Aug 12 2017

You can see it in him. I genuinely think he wants to be here at Celtic. He just wants it resolved and he probably wanted it resolved six, seven months ago. For whatever reason, it hasn't. It has affected him. I think for him, because he's a great lad and I love and enjoy working with him, it's starting to take its toll on him a wee bit.feedback

Aug 12 2017

Hopefully we can get that resolved and he can settle down again and find that stability and find that form he was in for about seven months of last season.feedback

Aug 12 2017

I think it helps that he's an absolute Celtic daft. There is a different feel when you play for the club you support.feedback

Aug 01 2017

I don't want to comment on it. I haven't seen it or heard about it, that's the first thing. The second thing, the club knows my feeling on our travel and the organisation with that.feedback

Aug 01 2017

Incident or no incident, it is something we can look at that allows us to travel safely, which is the most important thing.feedback

Aug 01 2017

But we hope that with the help of the airport that we could maybe organise something. If there was an incident then it is not something we would want and not something that a team should have to go through.feedback

Aug 01 2017

That is something internal for us and obviously with the help of Glasgow airport that we can get something a bit more suitable.feedback

Aug 01 2017

You want to go, get checked in, get to your plane and get to the country you are travelling to safely and without anything else.feedback

Jul 17 2017

Obviously it's not what you wanted to see. The game was played in good spirit, in the main. So it's not ideally what you would like to see. I thought it was strange [Griffiths] getting booked for it. But like I say the talk is more really on the football for us. The scoreline was okay, it could have been better but it gives us the advantage for the second leg.feedback

Jul 14 2017

I didn't quite see what it actually was but, if that is the case [a glass bottle], then of course there is always a worry. I didn't see or haven't heard anything as of yet as to what was thrown on. I could only see it from the dug-out. It was maybe a bottle of some sort but anything, whether it's a coin or a bottle or whatever, shouldn't happen. Players go on to the field and it should be a safe environment for them.feedback

Jul 13 2017

He's a wonderful talent and a great technician, he's got pace, strength and power. He's flexible - he can play in midfield or off the sides.feedback

Jul 13 2017

[Brown's] Achilles was a little bit sore and we just need to assess that over the next couple of days, but [it is] nothing too serious I don't think.feedback

Jul 11 2017

I'm basically left with no option but to have a bit of a gamble... The gamble is Mario Balotelli.feedback

Jul 02 2017

Someone of that ability in there, it's how the make-up of my teams have always been.feedback

Jul 02 2017

He's a very good player.feedback

Jul 02 2017

The player I'm talking about is of a substantial pedigree and quality.feedback

May 19 2017 - World Happiness report

The finances involved in the Premier League and the challenge there is huge, but I've found a real happiness here. I could go elsewhere and be financially a lot better off but I've learned through time and experience that it's more than that.feedback

May 19 2017

It is about understanding the basics of how they work aggressively and how to recover the ball as quickly as we can. So, the enjoyment I have had in orchestrating all of that, with my staff and with my players, has been phenomenal. It has been really satisfying.feedback

May 19 2017

I don't have a fixed mindset which says, Right, this is it. I look through the club and I see so much growth here. We are constantly trying to improve the team. Against Partick Thistle you saw the evolution of the team, and how they press and control the ball, how it really is becoming the norm.feedback

May 19 2017

It has been pretty surreal, really, when I think of the last year and what has happened in that period. It has been full of brilliant football and life experiences. It has gone very fast. I couldn't have wished it to have gone any better. You plan and you work hard and you focus on winning, but what has been really remarkable has been the enjoyment that I have felt in working here with the squad and with the club as a whole.feedback

May 05 2017 - Scottish independence

What you have in Scotland is an unpredictability with surfaces – and I've already said you don't get good games on artificial turf – and that can affect performances and results. You also have more varied systems. And no matter how much or how little they're being paid, the players up here always give their all and there is a physical aspect to that. We've all seen over the years that big teams can go to lesser teams and find it very tough and that's what you get here every week. I've been impressed by how my players have coped with that.feedback

May 05 2017 - Scottish independence

Coming to Scotland means I'm a better manager now than when I left Liverpool. There are two reasons for that. The first is that my players have made me better and the second is the quality of the other coaches, who have all posed different problems for me. I've been impressed by a lot of the guys up here. They might not have the facilities and they don't have the money the clubs down south do but they manage to find a way to make it work.feedback

May 04 2017

When we sat down last year we felt we needed to bring more of that mentality into the group - players with quality but also players with a winning mentality. Sometimes he's not always easy on the eye, but when you actually monitor how efficient Iago is, he's an incredibly effective player. The idea was that Aspas would give another dimension to our attacking play, and he's done that. He creates goals and scores goals, and some of our football on tour has been fluent and the movement very clever.feedback

May 04 2017

We now have some outstanding talent who can make a difference in the final third - and that has been the most encouraging thing, that we have real quality in that final third where it matters. I feel for the likes of Iago. He works tirelessly every day. He hasn't got a lot of minutes but he has been brilliantly professional. That indirectly helps the likes of Luis and Daniel.feedback

May 04 2017

It's been hard for some of those guys but they have still committed themselves to help the overall team. I know that ultimately at some stage they will want to play games.feedback

May 04 2017

It's been a season where it's been difficult for some of our fringe players, especially the strikers.feedback

May 03 2017

Racism, whether it's in football or society, there's absolutely no place for it. Scott has been playing the game for quite a long time and it says something that it's the first time he has come across it in his life. It shows that education and training is needed to stamp it out as it should never come into play at all. He is absolutely fine. He has got all the support of all the people here and the supporters and he moves on from it.feedback

Apr 29 2017

My only disappointment is that we should have scored more. When I first came in, I said the season doesn't finish until the very last whistle. I'm trying to create a squad and a team and a club that goes beyond our domestic football and that's about a mentality. I think this game told you everything about their mentality.feedback

Apr 28 2017

It is their home game and they will look to maybe press the game a little bit more but, if they do, then it can be even better for us. It will open up the space behind the pressing line – a big space – and we have got speed in our team, but we will prepare as we normally do for a tough game. We played very, very well on Sunday. The only disappointment was the scoreline didn't really reflect the dominance of the game. We will respect the opponent which we always do but really look to impose our style on our game as we have done all season.feedback

Apr 08 2017

Ultimately, to get a feeling around the club that is exciting, on and off the park, that's our aim here.feedback

Apr 07 2017

It was an easy decision for me. Personally and professionally, I'm in a great place. A few years ago I might have been in a rush, but you learn through experience to appreciate what you have. What I have here is that I'm a supporter who got very, very lucky, but hopefully I can help to develop the club along with the people who are already here. There's a lot more to achieve and it's a really exciting period for the club. I thoroughly enjoy working with the players - what I've always tried to do going into clubs is to improve individual players, make them better and make the teams better.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Champions League

You saw him [Rogic] grow in the Champions league.feedback

Apr 05 2017

He's [Rogic] back in the squad. The magic man is back – what a player. You saw him against Manchester City and you just purr at his quality. Top players know where there is space and he's as good as any I've seen at finding space. He's a great boost for us in this last ten games.feedback

Apr 01 2017

I don't think that's anything to do with the players. That's what was thrust upon them. How they dealt with it was brilliant really. They're all ­important but that month, with so many games, was huge. There will be many thoughts for many people and I hope they can be proud of the work we have done. Yeah, it's been a great season so far but we want to get the job done as quickly as we can. If we can, to then win the league while unbeaten is a great achievement. Then we can really focus on the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Champions League

In the first eight games you can't win the title, but you can lose it. In those games we put down a marker. We were not at our fluent best but we showed good signs mentally. We then gained confidence from the Champions League. We thought, Right, we have qualified for the group stage but we need to play the game in a better way. Everyone could see there were nine games, tough games, Champions League games. We won eight and drew one in that month. We had to show a different side. We were playing a lot of games. Some very good, some probably a bit of a grind for the supporters.feedback

Apr 01 2017

We showed a great determination in that month.feedback

Apr 01 2017

It will be a brilliant achievement when we do it and the pleasure for me is that relationship between the training field and the pitch, how well they have done. I'll be happy, but not totally satisfied.feedback

Apr 01 2017

That's why I can't really give the players too much rest, because they lose rhythm and we have to be careful of that. We want to arrive at the semi-final in the best possible place we can be. I'm one of the ones who is never satisfied to be honest. After the League Cup win I was happy, I was happy for the players, I was happy that we'd won it. It was our 100th trophy but we had to look forward to the next one. We have got goals to achieve.feedback

Apr 01 2017

Winning at Hearts on the first day was important as was beating Aberdeen at home. Then the Rangers game was a good moment for us but, even then, I didn't think we were set. I knew there was still plenty improvement to come.feedback

Apr 01 2017

I think of the great man, Tommy Burns, who never ever won a title here and you think of the commitment he gave to the club and the privilege it is for me to lead the club when we actually do get over the line.feedback

Mar 31 2017

We have got Hearts on Sunday and Partick Thistle during the week. Say they played against Partick and then you maybe gave them a rest for Kilmarnock and Ross County, thinking you are doing them a favour. You have then got the Rangers games after that. The timeline is too great.feedback

Mar 31 2017

It is a possibility. When he first came in to me at Chelsea he was a striker. When we took him from Bristol Rovers he was a centre-forward.feedback

Mar 31 2017

When he came in to me first of all when he was in the youth team and we played a diamond he played as one of two front players.feedback

Mar 31 2017

It is an absolute bonus and so important that you have the mid-season break. If there is ever need for a cause for having it that is the proof of it. Imagine we never had that. A break won't be in the next month. We won't have any rest over that period, but after that we may be able to have a look at it. There will be some dialogue I am sure.feedback

Mar 12 2017

It felt like a defeat a little bit, especially conceding in the 87th minute. But I'm proud of the team, they battled really hard. On a difficult pitch I felt we weren't as fluent as usual in the first half. We were passing backwards and sideways instead of forwards. We made a change at half-time and I thought we had much better control in the second half and we looked like we were going to go on and score more goals. It was disappointing we conceded a goal.feedback

Mar 12 2017

When you concede late on it feels like a loss, but, in the next couple of days, we will realise we have kept our run going and we are still unbeaten.feedback

Mar 12 2017

Whatever role he's asked to play, he has this inbuilt brain for football that allows him to adjust and adapt.feedback

Mar 12 2017

My best play comes in the big games – I can't explain it.feedback

Mar 11 2017

It wasn't a turning point because it was so early in the season, but it was an eye opener in some ways – we need to do much better if we want to be as good as we want to be. The potential is something we can dwell on, because it's something that's shown really quickly. It's only been six months since the summer, when we started with the new team. What we have learned, where we are now, how we are playing, it's been really good.feedback

Mar 09 2017

The potential is something we can dwell on, because it's something that's shown really quickly. It's only been six months since the summer, when we started with the new team. What we have learned, where we are now, how we are playing, it's been really good.feedback

Mar 09 2017

It wasn't a turning point because it was so early in the season, but it was an eye opener in some ways – we need to do much better if we want to be as good as we want to be.feedback

Mar 07 2017

Moussa is very content and happy. He looks very fit and hasn't had a long lay-off because he went away with the French Under 21s. He is not a player we want to sell, but we know how football works and we'll see what happens.feedback

Mar 07 2017

But certainly not until after the Champions League qualifiers, there won't be anything done before then.feedback

Mar 07 2017

That goes for all the players. I am very happy with the general make-up of the squad.feedback

Mar 07 2017

He is not a player we want to sell, but we know how football works and we'll see what happens.feedback

Mar 04 2017

Yeah, there are a few reasons why. When the game starts, you are virtually straight into 11 players behind the ball, so that you have got to wear them down.feedback

Mar 04 2017

Could we play in the Premier League? Yes, we could.feedback

Feb 07 2017

We have players who can play there but it's about getting pace and power and also another one that can make the last pass. I felt that was something I wanted to add. We are hopeful we can get that.feedback

Feb 07 2017

It's been a period of six months. Celtic have been great in trying to make it happen and, if we can close the deal out, it will be a high level of quality. He is young but is a big talent who has got experience. It's good money that will be spent on him.feedback

Feb 07 2017

Look at Liverpool with Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and [Philippe] Coutinho. Bright, clever players who can disorganise defenders. They can attack but they also need to have the profile to press.feedback

Feb 04 2017

There is obvious disappointment. There is no embarrassment.feedback

Dec 10 2014

We are obviously disappointed to go out. I think that we had earned the right to be in it this year after a wonderful season last year. But, as I said, it has been a really good learning experience for us and it's certainly… we are going to fight as hard as we possibly can to ensure it is not another five years.feedback

Jun 01 2012

It's been 20 years since they've won the title and for sure – and the realism – because we might not be ready for the title now, but the progress begins today and that's a new cycle and of course that's something that we'll work towards for the years to come.feedback

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