CQN broke the news yesterday that Moussa Dembele is fit to play tomorrow with Brendan Rodgers keeping Aberdeen guessing whether he is going to start with Leigh Griffiths or the fit again young French star.

“He would be fine to start,” Brendan confirmed today.

“He’s fine. He has trained all week so he is available. Maybe he could have joined the squad a little earlier, so he is fine and available,” said Rodgers.


Rodgers will have been interested in the transfer news from Manchester City this morning as in could mean that Paddy Roberts could find it more difficult to gatecrash the Manchester City first team squad.

With Pep Guardiola is ready to splash the cash on Monaco winger Bernardo Silva, Roberts could find himself surplus to requirements at his parent club.

That is only good news for Celtic who will have a vacancy for the number 7 jersey next season as Nadir Ciftci has been told to find a new club. How he managed to ever get his hands on that shirt in the first place is a complete and utter mystery!

Paddy Roberts, the on-loan Hoops hero – who has been with the champions for the past 18 months – could now find his temporary contract extended – if not made permanent.



Celtic and Manchester City have plans in place to make the transfer happen should it suit all parties. Celtic are willing to buy, City willing to sell and the player has to make up his mind one way or the other.

However Silva is also wanted by Manchester United but City are favourites to complete the deal and we hope they get their man!
Celtic fans’ favourite Roberts was already facing a fight to make an impact at City.
The 20-year-old has had a sizzling second half to a memorable campaign and would be adored if he made the move to Paradise permanent.
Some players are born to wear the Celtic number 7, Jinky, Henrik and, fingers crossed, Paddy.
Roberts, is our tip to be the Man of the Match in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden, a ground where Brendan Rodgers enjoys 100% success rate.
The media would always be quick to point out that Celtic in recent seasons had a poor success rate at the national stadium. Now Brendan has turned that around, it won’t merit a mention. Funny that.
Tomorrow will be the sixth meeting the season between the sides, with Celtic winning the previous five. Playing teams so often in one season is something that the former Liverpool boss is getting used to.
“I think the beauty of up here is that you’ve got the chance to be very flexible tactically, if you want to be. This will be the sixth time we’ve played Aberdeen,” Rodgers said.

“For us, we’ve played in different systems and shapes, but our style has remained the same. I’ve really enjoyed the games we’ve played against Aberdeen and Derek is an outstanding coach and manager.

“They’ve provided us with different challenges in all of the games we’ve played. We plan for every eventuality and expect a very, very difficult game.”

*CQN understands that Moussa Dembele will start on the bench, with leigh Griffiths leading the charge to Treble glory.

That’s it for today, this evening we will be In the Heat of Greenock, with Willie Wallace, Bertie Auld, John Hughes, John Fallon and Charlie Gallagher among others.

And Willie will be there or thereabouts tomorrow when the Cup is being presented!



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