Wanyama urges Celtic to refocus

first_img0Shares0000GLASGOW, Scotland, November 16 – Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has urged his teammates to show that they also mean business in the Scottish Premier League after impressing on their European excursions this season.The Parkhead club have earned plenty of plaudits for their performances in the Champions League this term, none more so than after their 2-1 win over tournament favourites Barcelona two weeks ago. With rivals Rangers languishing in Scotland’s Third Division the Hoops were expected to run away with this year’s SPL title.However, Neil Lennon’s side have struggled for consistency on the domestic front and last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with St Johnstone means Celtic have collected just two points from their last three league games.Despite that, Celtic are second behind leaders Hibs, two points adrift with a game in hand, and face third-placed Aberdeen on Saturday.And midfielder Wanyama, who scored in the win over Barca, insists Neil Lennon’s men must replicate their European form on the domestic stage and approach every game in the same manner as they did against the Catalan giants.“It’s the best feeling in the world, beating the best team ever, but we must focus on the league,” the Kenyan international said.“I don’t want to think a game is won so I will approach all of them like it’s Barcelona I’m playing.”Hoops boss Neil Lennon cited fatigue as a major factor in his side’s slump in form in the SPL following the draw with St Johnstone, which came on the back of a draw with Dundee United and a loss to Kilmarnock.But the Celtic manager insists his most of his players will have benefitted from getting a break in midweek due to the international fixtures and said his side would be raring to go at Pittodrie.“It’s a game we’re looking forward to and with a week’s rest you will see a fresher, better Celtic,” said Lennon. “Aberdeen are going well, the atmosphere will be good and the players will thrive on that.”Aberdeen can go above the champions with victory against Neil Lennon’s men at Pittodrie on SaturdayAnd while Dons boss Craig Brown insists his side aren’t genuine title contenders he is confident they can defeat Celtic in a one-off situation.“We will be going all out to win the game against Celtic,” Brown said.“Seeing Aberdeen up towards the top of the table is a nice feeling and it’s our job to stay up there. But I’m being honest and realistic – in my opinion Celtic will win the league. Celtic might lapse but they will not collapse in the SPL campaign no matter how many Champions League games they play.“They beat Barcelona despite having six first-team players out – that shows you the level of their resources.“But they can be beaten in a one-off game, as Kilmarnock showed recently, and that is what we intend to do. We want to be up there competing at the top of the table.”Elsewhere on Saturday, bottom of the table Dundee host league leaders Hibernian at Dens Park and St Johnstone welcome Ross County to McDiarmid Park.Financially-stricken Hearts welcome St Mirren to Tynecastle with the immediate threat of closure averted.The Edinburgh outfit were issued with a winding up order over an unpaid tax bill of close to £450,000 but have since agreed an extension with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.Fixtures (1500 unless otherwise stated)FridayDundee Utd v Kilmarnock (1945)SaturdayAberdeen v Celtic (1200), Dundee v Hibernian, Hearts v St Mirren, St Johnstone v Ross CountySundayInverness CT v Motherwell (1245)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NEW DEAL! Victor Moses pens two-year Chelsea contract extension

first_imgChelsea winger Victor Moses has signed a two-year contract extension, the Premier League leaders have announced.The 26-year-old, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, has established himself as a regular under new Blues boss Antonio Conte in a wing-back position.On signing the deal, Moses – who has also spent time on loan at Liverpool and Stoke since joining Chelsea from Wigan in 2012 – said: “I feel very excited.“I am delighted to be here for another few years now and to sign a new deal.“Now it is time to concentrate on the team and keep working hard to make sure we win games and try to win the Premier League this season.”Nigeria international Moses, who has agreed to extend his stay until 2021, believes Italian coach Conte has helped get the best out of his game.“We are having a great season, I am enjoying my football and we have a good manager here that has given every single one of us confidence,” Moses added.“I just want to keep on enjoying it and working hard for the team.”Moses has started every Premier League match since October 1, when Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation for the first time in the match against Hull.Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is confident Moses has a big part to play at the west London club.“Victor is enjoying an excellent season and, under Antonio’s leadership, has proved to be an important member of the squad,” Emenalo said.“This new contract is testament to Victor’s hard work and dedication to succeed at Chelsea and we believe he will be a big part of our future success.” 1 The winger-turned-wing back has established himself as a regular under Antonio Conte last_img read more