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Stefan Johansen rejects Celtic contract to join Fulham

The lure of English football was too much for Johansen. Credit: PA

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen is closing in on a move to Fulham.

Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Norwegian was on his way out of Parkhead after failing to agree a contract extension.

"Stefan's going into the last year of his contract," Rodgers said. "I have found him a really good guy. He has worked over pre-season and it's been difficult because he's been unable to reach an agreement with the club.

"But I think he has always wanted to play in England, so the opportunity has come for him. He wasn't going to sign a new deal, so it's one that probably works well for both really.

"I don't think it's complete yet but it's something that could happen, possibly in the next couple of days."


Celtic sign Sinclair from Aston Villa on four-year deal

Scott Sinclair has joined Celtic. Credit: PA

Celtic have signed Scott Sinclair from Aston Villa on a four-year deal.

The 27-year-old forward is the latest addition to Brendan Rodgers' squad and had previously worked with him at Swansea.

Sinclair, who could go into the Hoops squad for the Ladbrokes Premiership opener against Hearts at Tynecastle, told the club's official website: "It feels amazing to have joined Celtic. It's a massive club and I'm looking forward to it. I'm here now and I'm happy to be here."


Celtic boss Deila to leave club in the summer

Ronny Deila is on his way. Credit: PA

Celtic have announced manager Ronny Deila has decided to leave the club at the end of the season.

The announcement comes days after the club's Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to arch-rivals Rangers.

It is vital that the Club comes first and instead of me being the focus, hopefully now the team and the Club can be the focus as we enter this final important period of the season.

It was an absolute privilege to be named manager of Celtic, such a wonderful football club, and I have enjoyed my time here immensely. I will never forget the welcome I received almost two years ago at Celtic Park from so many fans. When I joined Celtic I knew I was coming to one of the world's great football clubs.

There have been some great times and I am delighted that we have brought some trophies to the Club.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me so well at the Club. The fans have been magnificent during the past two years. Our fans are the heartbeat of the Club, they have always given myself and the team such amazing support and always created such a great atmosphere. We have always given our best for them and I will always be a Celtic supporter too.

– Ronny Deila

Storm Desmond plays havoc with Scottish football fixtures

Storm Desmond takes its toll in Scotland. Credit: PA

Storm Desmond has hit the weekend sporting fixtures with the Scottish football card badly affected.

Three Premiership games were called off early on Saturday morning: the games at Celtic Park (Celtic v Hamilton), Tynecastle (Hearts v Inverness CT) and Firhill (Partick Thistle v Motherwell) all falling victim to the elements.

The Championship clash between Raith and Rangers also fell foul of the stormy weather, but only after a second inspection.

St Mirren's Championship game with Queen of the South was also postponed because of a waterlogged pitch, as well as the League One game between Albion Rovers and Stranraer.

ITV Weather has more details on the storm

Southampton acquire Celtic defender Van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk has moved to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Southampton have bolstered their defensive ranks by signing Dutch centre-back from Celtic.

The Netherlands international has penned a five-year deal with the Premier League side.

I'm delighted. It was a very easy decision to join this club. This is a very ambitious club, who have been doing very well in the last couple of years. It's a great place to be and it's the right step for me. For me now to get the opportunity to play in the Premier League is unbelievable and I will enjoy it. I know it's an ambitious club - they have been through a lot throughout the years. They are trying to play football and that's something that really attracted me.

– Virgil van Dijk
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