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Rodgers: Celtic would be top four/six in England

Rodgers believes Celtic would challenge for a Champions League spot in the Premier League. Credit: PA

English clubs' wariness over the potential of Celtic makes a move south unlikely, according to boss Brendan Rodgers.

The English Football League recently ruled out the prospect of clubs outside its borders joining an extended structure as they seek eight new members to form four divisions of 20.

Following the dramatic 3-3 Champions League draw with Premier League leaders Manchester City at Parkhead on Wednesday night, the Northern Irishman claimed the Glasgow club were "a major threat to nearly every English club playing in England".

Rodgers, who managed Watford, Reading, Swansea and Liverpool before his move to Glasgow in the summer, said:

Make no bones about it. If Celtic are in England, Celtic are one of the top four/six clubs there. So can you imagine then the resources playing at that level, what that would produce for Celtic. It could go as far as it wants then.

For Celtic to be in the English pyramid system is very tough because of the size of the club. We have the history, huge club, fan base, team, stadium, it would be a frightening prospect and an exciting prospect if it ever happened but for others looking through it would be very difficult to accept.

If you are another club playing in that (Premier) league or the Championship or League One, would you like that type of threat coming in to possibly stop you coming into the league? I don't think you would want it and that is the reality. So I think it is always going to be difficult to get that across.

– Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic fined £8,616 by Uefa over 'illicit banner'

Celtic have been punished eight times in five seasons by Uefa. Credit: PA

Celtic have been fined 10,000 euros (£8,616) by Uefa after fans displayed an "illicit banner" during their recent Champions League qualifier against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Fans flew Palestine flags before and during the match against Israeli opposition at Parkhead on August 17, drawing a charge from European football's governing body.

Uefa viewed the flags as illicit banners under article 16 of its disciplinary regulations and at a disciplinary hearing the complaint against the Scottish champions was upheld and the club was fined.

The Uefa rule in question forbids the use of ''gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature''.

Celtic have been punished eight times in five seasons by Uefa for supporter misconduct and the sanction on each occasion has been a fine from the governing body.

Barton faces probe for allegedly betting on Celtic game

The SFA has a strict no-betting policy on football games. Credit: PA

Joey Barton is under investigation for allegedly breaking football betting rules, Press Association Sport understands.

The controversial Rangers midfielder was banned from the club on Monday for three weeks after a training ground altercation following the 5-1 defeat to Celtic.

The Scottish Football Association and the Gambling Commission are looking into claims that the 34-year-old bet on Celtic to suffer a heavy defeat to Barcelona last Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers' side lost 7-0 in their Champions League Group C opener in the Nou Camp.

The SFA has a strict no-betting policy on football games and if found guilty Barton could face a ban.


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."

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