The only thing Celtic need this season is for Rangers to get promoted

first_imgCeltic need Rangers.It may have felt like a wonderful moment for Hoops fans when their bitter Glasgow rivals were dumped into Scotland’s Third Division in 2012, but it has its down side for Celtic, too.For the second successive season, Celtic face another campaign without Champions League football. They seem to be slipping further away from the elite and it’s partly because of what’s happened to Rangers.Celtic were granted a huge slice of luck last season when, having lost to Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round, they progressed to the play-off round after their opponents were expelled for fielding an ineligible player.Maribor ended their group stage hopes then, just as Malmo did this year. For a club the size of Celtic, that is just not good enough, but it is understandable.With Rangers in the top flight, Celtic were challenged throughout the domestic season – the competition from Ibrox raised the Hoops’ standard and so they were much sharper when it came to playing the European elite.The last time Celtic had a good run in the Champions League, reaching the last 16 in 2012, it came just months after fighting off Rangers to win the Scottish title.Back then, Celtic beat Spartak Moscow away and recorded a memorable victory against Barcelona, before falling to Juventus in the first knockout stage.Meanwhile, Rangers were languishing in the fourth tier and so began Celtic’s procession to title after title.Ever since, without the prospect of losing out in the title race to their arch rivals, it’s inevitable the lack of competition would have an impact on the team’s sharpness, particularly in August.After one season without Rangers in the top flight, Celtic just managed to scrape past Karagandy in the final qualifying round, winning the second leg 3-0 to reach the group stage 3-2 on aggregate.But they fared poorly in Group H, finishing bottom after losing five of their six fixtures.It’s been worse ever since.The knock on effect of Champions League failure has been a financial shortfall and the sales of players like Victor Wanyama, Gary Hooper and Fraser Forster.There’s no doubt Celtic are going backwards in Europe and it’s coincided with Rangers’ absence from the top flight, as unpalatable as they may be to the Hoops.And as the only Scottish winners of the European Cup, Celtic are a club that should always look to achieve beyond domestic dominance.Do you think the return of Rangers – now managed by the shrewd Mark Warburton – would help bring back the big European nights at Parkhead? Vote and share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. 1 Celtic fans with banners for Rangers last_img read more

Arsenal ready January approach for top Serie A defender

first_img1 Arsenal are ready to make a January move for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to reports in Italy.The Italian is struggling to break into the first-team at the moment and is reportedly growing frustrated.Arsenal have scouted the 21-year-old on several occasions and have been impressed by what they have seen.And now, according to Calciomercato, Arsene Wenger is preparing to launch a move for Rugani during the January transfer window.Arsenal are reportedly willing to shell out £13m for the centre-back, who spent last season on loan at Empoli. Daniele Rugani last_img

England Under-17 starlet signs pro forms with Chelsea

first_img1 Jacob Maddox Chelsea rookie Jacob Maddox has revealed he has signed his first professional contract with the club.England Under-17 midfielder Maddox arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2013 and has impressed for their Under-18 side.And the Bristol-born 17-year-old took to Twitter to confirm he has put pen-to-paper on his first pro deal.He tweeted: “Very happy to sign my first professional contract at @ChelseaFC today, proud day for both me and my family, hopefully more to come.”last_img

He can’t get in Leicester’s team… but Andrej Kramaric is wanted by Serie A giants

first_img1 Andrej Kramaric [right] Inter Milan and Juventus are leading the chase to sign Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric.The Croatian international has been restricted to just a solitary league appearance this season, largely due to Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking run in front of goal.According to Calcio Mercato, Kramaric is unhappy with his lack of playing time this term and could leave the King Power Stadium in January.Inter want to provide support for their main striker Mauro Icardi, while Juventus are after a replacement for Simone Zaza, who is expected to leave Turin next month.Kramaric was signed by Nigel Pearson from Rijeka back in January but has only managed to find the net on four occasions and just once under new boss Claudio Ranieri.last_img

Liverpool to sign Schalke centre-back Joel Matip on free transfer – reports

first_img Schalke defender Joel Matip Schalke centre-back Joel Matip will join Liverpool on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to reports.The 24-year-old Cameroon international is set to arrive on Merseyside in the summer once his contract with the Bundesliga side expires.It is claimed he will pen a four-year deal at Anfield.The German-born player, who can operate in a holding midfield role as well as in central defence, has 27 Cameroon caps and came through the Schalke youth academyMatip made his Bundesliga debut at the age of 18, scoring in a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in November 2009, and has over 200 senior club appearances to his name.The Reds’ interest in the defender has been known since January, although Schalke had not given up hope he would sign a new deal at the German club.At least two French clubs were also thought to be in the running, but Liverpool was his chosen destination and the move set to go ahead after penning a pre-contract agreement with the Premier League side. 1last_img read more

Max takes a stand

first_imgThey agreed. “I want people not to have breast cancer,” said the reserved young man with the shocking blond hair. “I don’t want other people to lose their aunties and loved ones.” From that inauspicious beginning, the event has grown from a stand run by a little boy and his family to a nonprofit organization with its own Web site. Max has raised more than $20,000 of his $1 million goal. “I’m going to keep doing it until I reach my goal,” he said. Nickie Igoe said the decision to become a nonprofit organization is to raise more money and be able to allocate funds to other areas beyond research. Up until now, all the money has gone to City of Hope in Duarte and its research programs. “Max wanted to help as many people, it’s in his nature,” his mom said, “so we decided to earmark money to pay for wigs for those who can’t afford them and to set up scholarships for those who have lost their moms to breast cancer.” The family will host “Max’s Night to Remember” from 6 to 11p.m. on Oct. 13 at Ritz Gardens, 11201 First Ave., Whittier. Festivities will include dinner in a casino-like atmosphere and activities such as raffles and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $60 with reservations available at (714) 815-2104 or maxsmommy@maxslemonadestand.com. Max, because of his age, will only be able to attend the dinner portion and make some remarks before the other activities begin. “It’s going to be fun,” he said. “All I want is cancer to be gone.” www.maxslemonadestand.com sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It’s a great and loving way of remembering her,” said Rorman’s brother, Victor Garza, 44. He is planning to set up the lemonade stand today and Sunday at the parking lot of Green Hills Baptist Church, 2200 W. Imperial Highway, La Habra. Max, his parents and other supporters will be out there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. not only selling lemonade but also raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses. It began innocently enough when then-6-year-old Max asked his parents if he could sell lemonade in the driveway of their home. When they said “no,” the ever-resilient young man asked if he gave all the money to breast cancer research, could he do it? LA HABRA – With innocence and earnest determination, 9-year-old Max Igoe is putting the adage “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” to the test. During October – which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – for four years, Max, with the aid of his parents Mike and Nickie, has opened a lemonade stand with the proceeds going to breast cancer research. He is honoring close family friend Elizabeth Rorman, or “Auntie Beth,” as Max called her. She died from the disease in July 2003 at age 37 after a seven-year battle. last_img read more

Pap smear may not be the best test

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Debbie Saslow, director of breast and gynecologic cancer for the American Cancer Society, said there are still issues to be resolved with the HPV test, and federal approval is needed, but “it’s definitely coming.” She said experts expect that to happen sometime in the next decade. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press A relatively new screening test was nearly twice as accurate as the traditional Pap smear at spotting cervical cancer, according to the first rigorous study of the test in North America. The new test could replace the 50-year-old Pap in a matter of years, experts say. And there’s a bonus for women: They won’t need a screening test as often. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal conducted the study and published their findings in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. last_img read more

Turks poised to take on Kurdish rebels

first_imgANKARA, Turkey – Tens of thousands of Turkish troops were poised Tuesday on the border with Iraq awaiting the order to attack Kurdish fighters, and President Abdullah Gul said the country will do “what it believes to be right” to tame the rebels. But with winter rapidly approaching in the mountainous region, and pressure from the U.S. to avoid an all-out cross-border incursion, officials and experts said Turkey will likely be looking toward a limited offensive involving raids and aerial assaults. Several possibilities are currently being discussed, including F-16 strikes on rebel positions, helicopter raids and special forces missions, according to a government official familiar with the planning. “The area is heavily mined and a big incursion with tens of thousands of troops is out of the question,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre With the Turkish government talking openly for weeks about the likelihood of an attack, the official said intelligence information shows the guerrillas have been evacuating their camps and melting away into cities and other regions. A high-ranking retired military officer who participated in the planning of previous incursions into northern Iraq in the mid-1990s said he had received the same information. “They are apparently evacuating camps along the border ahead of a Turkish operation, as usual,” said the officer, also on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. But rebels attacked a Turkish military outpost in southeastern Tunceli province, far from the border area, and killed a sergeant Tuesday evening, the governor’s office said. The U.S. and Iraq have been pressing Turkey to avoid a major cross-border attack on Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, rebel bases in northern Iraq out of fear such an incursion would bring instability to what has been one of the calmest areas in Iraq. In northern Iraq, a spokesman for one of the two parties that governs the semiautonomous region urged Turkey to refrain from any attack, but suggested scaled-down raids would not be as destabilizing. “We reject any kind of Turkish military strike, whether limited or not,” Azad Jindyany, spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, told The Associated Press in Sulaimaniyah. “A limited one would cause a limited problem, but an unlimited strike would destroy the whole situation.” The former military officer said Turkey was planning for airstrikes from planes and helicopter gunships, as well as special forces commando raids. But scaled-down assaults wouldn’t necessarily rule out the use of large numbers of troops, he said. “A few thousand troops could still penetrate the Iraqi border to block escape routes of the rebels during a pinpoint raid,” he said. PKK rebels have killed more than 40 Turks in hit-and-run attacks over the past month, mainly soldiers, raising the public pressure on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to retaliate. Gul said Tuesday that Turkey had made its decision on what to do about the PKK rebels. “Turkey will carry out what it believes to be right with determination,” state-run Anatolia news agency quoted Gul as saying. While he did not specify what the decision was, he made clear that Turkey feels the PKK is leading to instability in the region. “Iraq’s stability cannot be limited to fighting terrorism in Baghdad or other regions,” he said. “The terrorist organization in the north is also disrupting Iraq’s stability.” The comments came a day after President Bush met in Washington with Erdogan and promised him the United States would share military intelligence in the hunt for PKK rebels. Following that meeting, Erdogan strongly suggested an attack was imminent. In northern Iraq, Osman Ocalan, brother of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, told The Associated Press some fighters had moved toward Iran, and that there were now more PKK fighters there than in northern Iraq.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DINNY: ÚDARÁS TO KEEP JOBS ROLE – BUT MUST WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH OTHER AGENCIES

first_imgMinister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley T.D., announced today that final decisions have been taken by the Government regarding the new definition of the Gaeltacht and the implementation structures for the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.These decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (31 May 2011) and provide for Údarás na Gaeltachta to maintain a job creation function, but in conjunction with other agencies on larger projects.The Minister of State said: “I am delighted that final decisions have been made by the Government regarding the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language. “As a result, officials in my Department, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, can proceed with drafting the Heads of the Gaeltacht Bill. I hope that the Bill will be published as soon as possible, depending on the Government’s legislative schedule.”The new definition of the Gaeltacht will be based on the 20-Year Strategy and on the recommendations made in the Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht.The Minister of State said: “My Department, in conjunction with other State bodies, will work closely with Gaeltacht communities on the ground in order to assist them in developing and implementing language plans, which will incorporate all aspects of community life.”Regarding the implementation structures for the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language, the Minister of State said: “These Government decisions will ensure that existing structures will be used to deliver the Strategy and that the functions of the key stakeholders with responsibility for implementing the Strategy, both within and outside of the Gaeltacht, will be clearly defined.” The Minister of State said: “As a result of these Government decisions, I believe that the future of Údarás na Gaeltachta is secure, that Údarás na Gaeltachta will retain its statutory functions and that Údarás na Gaeltachta and other enterprise agencies will cooperate to ensure investment in the Gaeltacht.BACKGROUND:The 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030 is available at http://www.pobail.ie/en/IrishLanguage.New definition of the Gaeltacht*          Provision will be made in the Gaeltacht Bill for a new statutory definition of the Gaeltacht, which will be based on linguistic criteria rather than on  geographical areas, as is currently the case. *          Provision will be made under the legislation for a language planning process in order to prepare language plans at community level for each Gaeltacht area and for the Minister to approve and review those plans periodically.*          Statutory status will be given to a new type of ‘network Gaeltacht’ area outside the existing statutory Gaeltacht areas. These will be areas, predominantly in urban communities, that will have a basic critical mass of community and State support for the Irish language.*          Gaeltacht Service Towns, i.e. towns which service Gaeltacht areas, will also be given statutory status.Implementation structures under the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language: *          The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will retain primary responsibility for matters concerning the Irish language, both within and outside of the Gaeltacht.*          Foras na Gaeilge will continue to fulfil its responsibilities on an all-island basis as an agency of the North South Language Implementation Body.*          The Department, in partnership with relevant State bodies, will be responsible for the implementation of the Strategy outside the Gaeltacht. The potential for Foras na Gaeilge to deliver certain elements of the Strategy, on an agreed basis, will be explored.*          Údarás na Gaeltachta will be responsible for the implementation of the Strategy within the Gaeltacht.Údarás na Gaeltachta*  The status quo will be maintained regarding the current functions of Údarás na Gaeltachta, including its enterprise functions, subject to the following:1. statutory provision to enable the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to direct Údarás na Gaeltachta to focus its limited resources towards specific enterprise sectors; and2. the development of a mechanism to facilitate Údarás na Gaeltachta to cooperate with other enterprise agencies, particularly with regard to significant Gaeltacht projects with high potential.* Provision will be made under the Gaeltacht Bill to significantly reduce the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta and to end the requirement to hold elections.DINNY: ÚDARÁS TO KEEP JOBS ROLE – BUT MUST WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH OTHER AGENCIES was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:20 year irish language strategyDinny McGinleylast_img read more

KILLYBEGS CREDIT UNION POST HEALTHY RECEIPTS OF €8.5MILLION

first_imgKillybegs Credit Union, which serves all of South West Donegal, is in a very healthy condition with receipts for the past year in excess of €8.5m.KillybegsThe body’s income is running more than half a million euro ahead of expenditure for the 12 months, and reserves comfortably in excess of Central Bank requirements.This was stated at the 45th annual general meeting of the organisation in the Bay View Hotel which was attended by more than 80 members. Killybegs Credit Union serves the area south the Gweebarra and west of Inver bridge, including the communities of Glenties, Ardara, Glencolmcille, Carrick, Kilcar, Bruckless, Dunkineely and, of course, Killybegs.Outgoing chairman, Mr Colm Cunningham, emphasised to the AGM the importance of new legislation and the changed relationship with the Central Bank of Ireland.But he stressed that Killybegs Credit Union had no reason to be anxious about the changes as it more than met all requirements. He thanked the members, his fellow directors and the staff and volunteers for their help and support during his time as chairman.The following were elected to serve for the coming year: Anne Marie Burke, Alan Darnell, Colm Cunningham, John Mc Swiggan, Conor Conaghan, Marian Mc Guinness, and Colin Mabon. KILLYBEGS CREDIT UNION POST HEALTHY RECEIPTS OF €8.5MILLION was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killybegs Credit Unionlast_img read more