Celtic ‘interested’ in forgotten Newcastle United man as Rangers boss drops Leeds United

Celtic star ‘rejects’ contract extension offer – report

Rangers were held to a 2-2 draw against PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie last night, while Celtic have shifted their focus on to Saturday’s latest round of domestic fixtures.

Michael Beale was satisfied with his team’s performance against the Dutch side, leaving the tie wide open and up for grabs, while Brendan Rodgers have vowed the Hoops will bounce back from their Viaplay Cup exit at Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Just 8 days remain before the summer transfer window closes and there could yet be movement in both directions at the two Glasgow clubs. Here are the latest transfer news headlines on Wednesday, August 23:

Reo Hatate has reportedly turned down a contract extension at Celtic amid interest from English Premier League clubs.

The Japanese midfielder – under contract until 2026 – was one of the Hoops’ standout players last season as they landed a historic domestic Treble. Currently sidelined with a calf injury, Hatate didn’t start either of Celtic’s first two league matches.

Parkhead officials had hopes to extend the 25-year-old’s stay in Glasgow’s East End on an improved deal before the transfer window closes next week after opening talks with the player’s representatitive.

However, the Scottish Sun claim fresh terms offered to the 25-year-old have been turned down, meaning Hatate won’t join fellow countrymen Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi in committing to a longer deal.

As things stand, Celtic would have to increase their offer to convince Hatate to prolong his stay, two years after joining the club from J1-League Kawasaki Frontale. He has recently been linked with Brighton and Tottenham and has also attracted interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia.

Free agent Filip Helander has spoken about his desire to win a contract at Swedish club Malmo after leaving Ibrox earlier this summer.

The 30-year-old central defender is stillsearching for his next club after being released by the Scottish giants having failed to kick a ball last season through a long-term injury.

The Sweden international has since returned to his homeland and has been training with his former club throughout pre-season as he attempts to re-ignite his faltering career. He has featured in a number of reserve games in an effort to win over potential suitors.

Speaking to Sydsvenskan, Helander said: “The next step is to do more in match action. Then you get to practice football and after that who knows.”

Brendan Rodgers Builds Excitement Ahead of First Team Star’s Return

Celtic fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Canadian full-back, Alistair Johnston, and it seems they are not alone.

The Hoops boss, Brendan Rodgers, has expressed his excitement and anticipation for the 24-year-old’s comeback after an injury that kept him out since pre-season.

Johnston, who former Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou signed at the end of last year, played a crucial role in securing a famous treble for the club. His performances at the World Cup with Canada caught the eye of many, including the Irishman, who was thrilled to inherit such a talent.

The former Montreal man has quickly become a fan favourite at Celtic Park, known for his battling performances on the pitch and his personable nature off it. His absence has been felt, but Rodgers’ recent comments have given fans hope.

“I remember seeing him at the World Cup. He was outstanding for Canada. I thought at the time when he arrived in January it was a really good buy for Celtic,” the Celtic gaffer told Football Scotland.

“He’s a talented player and you get the sense from talking to him he’s very ambitious and committed. He wants to do well. It’s just been a real shame with the injury he’s had that he’s been out.”

Rodgers continued to praise Johnston’s character and determination, adding, “But Alistair is a really strong boy and speaking to the staff and the players, he’s really highly rated here. I’m looking forward to seeing him more.”

The 24-year-old’s commitment to Celtic and his desire to succeed have endeared him to both the fans and his teammates. His return to training has been a welcome sight, and it’s clear that he is held in high regard within the club.

The anticipation for the Canadian full-back’s return to the first team is palpable, and the Hoops boss’s comments only add to the excitement. Celtic supporters can take heart in knowing that one of their favourite players is on the mend and eager to contribute once again.

Johnston is back training with his teammates, and it’s only a matter of time before he returns to the first team. His presence will undoubtedly boost Celtic as they continue their quest for more silverware.

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