Giakoumakis keeps Celtic on rise while Hearts go top despite draw with Dundee

Georgios Giakoumakis’s first Celtic goal in his first start helped the Hoops to a comfortable 2-0 Premiership win over St Johnstone at Parkhead. In the 35th minute of his fourth appearance since signing from Dutch side VVV-Venlo in August, for a reported fee of £2.5m, the Greece striker confidently converted an Anthony Ralston cross from close range. Celtic kept pushing in the second half and returning full-back Josip Juranovic added a second from the penalty spot with 10 minutes remaining as Ange Postecoglou’s side extended their winning run to four games in all competitions.
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Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Rangers, Motherwell, Aberdeen, Hearts, Hibernian, Jota, Morelos, Champions League

Former Celtic hero Chris Sutton urges the club to take up their reported option to buy on-loan winger Jota from Benfica. (Daily Record) The Scottish Premiership, the English Premier League, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 are among the top divisions to rally against changes in the Champions League, which will involve 36 clubs playing in one single league, with 10 matches each, to replace the traditional group stage format from 2024. (Daily Record)
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Listen: Celtic v St Johnstone - updates & commentary

Sportscene will be along at 19:15 on BBC Scotland. Michael Stewart and Chris Iwelumo are on the couch to offer analysis on all of the highlights from today's top flight matches. Enjoy your Saturday night. Chance for Rangers to open gap. Defending champions Rangers can move three points clear at...

Chris Sutton bullish on Celtic Europa League chances

Celtic should be aiming for Europa League survival, according to Bhoys favourite Chris Sutton. Sutton, the dictionary definition of forthright, described it as a “minor miracle” when Postecoglou guided Celtic into the Europa League, is now confident that the club can stay in the competition. Reviewing our Group G opponents...

Courts tips Charlie Mulgrew for Scotland recall after Tangerine dream display

Dundee United boss Tam Courts lavished praise on Charlie Mulgrew and did not rule out a Scotland recall for the veteran. The 35-year-old was the provider as Ryan Edwards opened the scoring in a 2-1 win against Motherwell at Tannadice with a sublime piece of skill and cross before netting what proved to be the winner after the Steelmen had equalised through Tony Watt.

Charlie Mulgrew clinches third straight Dundee United victory with late goal

Dundee United made it three cinch Premiership wins in a row with a narrow 2-1 victory over Motherwell at Tannadice. The home side opened the scoring in the first half through defender Ryan Edwards, with Motherwell equalising after the break thanks to a Tony Watt penalty. However, United secured all...

Man to raise money for brain tumour research in memory of friend who died

A North Lanarkshire man is raising money for brain tumour research in memory of his friend who died from the disease last year. Owen Watters, 58, from Holytown, and a group of friends have organised a ‘gents’ celebrity breakfast’ in Bellshill to raise funds for charity Brain Tumour Research in memory of Rab Donnelly, who died aged 58.

Let Jota enjoy his football before permanent Celtic decision says Postecoglou

Portuguese winger Jota has “fallen in love” with Celtic Football Club, says his manager Ange Postecoglou. Jota, something of a throwback with his trickery, excellent hair and ability to frighten the life out of defenders, has been a huge hit at Parkhead. The Benfica loanee, signed for the season with a buy-out clause, has contributed hugely to the club’s recent run of wins.

Frank McAvennie calls Celtic star ‘lazy’ despite great form

Celtic’s start to the campaign might have been mixed but things are definitely looking up for Ange Postecoglou’s side right now. The 2-0 win against St Johnstone means that the Hoops have now won four straight in all competitions and three in the Premiership. That also means that they are...

Motherwell boss explains why he was so keen to sign Irish midfield star

Motherwell manager Graham Alexander has confirmed a deal is in place for Irish midfielder Ross Tierney to move to Fir Park in January. The 20-year-old Bohemians star will join Alexander’s side when the transfer window opens and Alexander confessed he is a player he’s been trying to lure to the Steelmen for a while now.

Dundee United v Motherwell: Three things we learned as Arabs win again

Dundee United enjoyed another solid display and three points in the cinch Premiership following a 2-1 win over Motherwell, Charlie Mulgrew netting a winner 13 minutes from time to maintain their 3rd placed position. The match was delayed by 15 minutes due to a crash on the A90 just outside...

Dundee United 2-1 Motherwell: Hosts stay third while extending unbeaten run to six

Dundee United moved level on points with Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts as they edged out Motherwell in a tense Scottish Premiership meeting at Tannadice. Ryan Edwards scored for Thomas Courts’ side for the second week running before Tony Watt levelled for the visitors from the spot. But Charlie Mulgrew netted...

Celtic told to start Bolingoli v St Johnstone today after latest - McAvennie

Frank McAvennie insists Boli Bolingoli is the best left-back at Celtic after making a second appearance of the season last weekend. The former Hoops hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, wants the defender to keep his place in the side. Bolingoli, 26, has made two appearances for Celtic this season...

Sutton claims £2.5m Celtic man gives Postecoglou ‘another dimension’

Georgios Giakoumakis continues to be ready to make his first begin since becoming a member of Celtic in a summer season switch, however Chris Sutton backs the striker to provide Ange Postecoglou ‘one other dimension’. The four-time Premiership winner with the Bhoys has praised the ahead in a column for...

Sieb Dijkstra: The story of a Scottish football cult hero

Venue: Tannadice Park Date: Saturday, 23 October Time: 15:00 BST. Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online and follow live text updates on the BBC Sport website and app. Maybe it was the pencil moustache. Or the mane of dark hair. Perhaps it was the distinctively flamboyant style of goalkeeping.