Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year deal at Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, keeping him at the club until summer 2024.
The midfielder is a product of Celtic’s academy and has gone on to make 248 appearances and scored 55 goals for the club since his debut in 2014.
McGregor has claimed 11 major honours in his time at Parkhead, winning five Scottish Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups.
The 26-year-old has earned 17 international caps for Scotland since his debut in 2017 and was an essential part of Celtic’s ‘treble treble’ winning side.
McGregor said: “When you start here as a young kid, you’re just focused on trying to get through the age groups. You set yourself that one goal to get to the first team and play a first-team game, and I’m sitting here now coming up to my 250th game.
“To be at the club, hopefully, for the full five years, that will take me to 23 years at Celtic is something I could only have dreamt of as a young player.
“It’s been a tremendous four or five years for the club and obviously for me too. We’ve been winning pretty much everything on the pitch, the club’s growing on and off the pitch all the time and I’m just desperate to be a part of that.
“I feel as if I’m the best I’ve ever been in terms of performance, living on and off the pitch, I feel in a really good place and I’m delighted the club have rewarded that as well.
“It’s been a good start to the season, and I’ve tried to pick up where I left off last season in terms of performances and helping the team, so it’s been a great time.”
Nigeria international Victor Osimhen was on target in the Champions League on Tuesday night but could not prevent Lille from suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Valencia at the Estadio Mestalla.
In the 25th minute, the ball deflected into the path of the Lille number 7 following a defensive error and he used his pace to get to the ball before Valencia duo Garay and Paulista, then scored after finding himself in a 1 on 1 situation with goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.
Celebrated Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo were impressed with Osimhen’s speed and likened him to the great Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, who holds the 100m and 200m world records.
”Lille has advanced on the scoreboard (0-1) in his match on Tuesday of Group H of the Champions League against Valencia in Mestalla with a spectacular goal by Victor Osimhen.
”The young Nigerian striker, 20, has received a deflected ball and has not missed it. As if he were the very Jamaican exvelocist Usain Bolt , Osimhem, a footballer with a brutal stride, has started a spectacular race with the ball at his feet and has beaten, with a great precision Cillessen with a low shot that passed between the legs of the goalkeeper,” the Barcelona-based sports daily wrote.
The Super Eagles star has now scored all but one of Lille’s goals in this season’s Champions League.
The January transfer window may still feel like a few months away but it will soon be here as teams look to add to their squads again.
The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs shut on Thursday, August 8 just before the new season started although players could be sold abroad until the end of August.
Trading will resume in the New Year with both
Manchester United and Man City expected to be active in the window.
But when does the January window open and close? Here is the information you need to know.
When does the January transfer window open?
Business will begin as the window opens on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at midnight.
While it is unlikely we will see many deals formally arranged before Wednesday, some could be announced on the first day.
When does the January transfer window close?
The window will close on Friday, January 31 2020, but the time of its closure, which varies from year to year, has not yet been announced.
11pm is said to be the most likely time for it to close.
Transfers can be completed after the deadline as long as all the necessary paperwork is submitted in time.
What about the loan window for signings?
At the start of the 2016/17 campaign, FIFA abolished the emergency loan window.
Free agents are permitted to join clubs outside the window while there is special dispensation should clubs suffer a goalkeeping crisis.
Ahead of Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho, Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has been praised by Ernst Middendorp following his penalty heroics in the Telcom knockout.
Akpeyi was the hero for Kaizer Chiefs last weekend as he saved two penalties to help the Amakhosi knock out Orlando Pirates. The 34-year old has been filling in for Itumeleng Khune who is currently injured.
The former Chippa United has come in for criticism both at the club and international level over his goalkeeping abilities. However, he received praise from both fans and manager, Ernst Middendorp after his performance in the Soweto derby.
Speaking after the match, the former Ausburg manager expressed his delight at Akpeyi’s performance despite the criticism he has faced.
“He’s very grown up, he always performed and I think sometimes you have people who say the wall is grey and some other people for some odd reason they say no the wall is green,” Middendorp told Kickoff.
“I understand, he just came in to help the club with Itumeleng Khune injured, he had to improve and be better, and I think there’s a certain institution who worked on these issues.
Akpeyi will hope to carry his form into the international scene when Nigeria start their AFCON 2021 qualifiers with games against Benin and Lesotho.
The former Warri Wolves goalkeeper is making a return to the team for the first time since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Nigeria Football Federation target Eberechi Eze has been included in Whoscored.com and Sky Sports Championship Best Eleven for the month of October.
Last month, the Queens Park Rangers attacking midfielder was involved in five goals (3 goals, 2 assists) in five appearances in the English second-tier, helping the London club pick up seven points from a possible fifteen.
With a rating of 7.95, Eze was named Championship Player of the Month ahead of Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown (7.64) and Preston’s Tom Barkhuizen (7.58).
Explaining the choice of Eze, Ben McAleer wrote : ”Eze is our Championship player of the month. An assist in QPRs 3-1 defeat to Brentford on Monday night meant the winger had a direct hand in a goal in all but one of QPR’s five league outings in October as he scored three and assisted two.
”No player won more WhoScored.com Man of the Match awards than Eze (two), who completed more dribbles (18) than any other Championship player.”
Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo has been selected in the Championship Team of the Week after opening his goalscoring account for Blackburn Rovers as they registered a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday on November 2.
The tall central defender won a game-high nine aerial duels, made two tackles, one interception and four clearances vs Sheffield Wednesday.
Nigeria’s U23 boys have intensified final preparations for this month’s 3 Africa U23 Cup of Nations finals in Egypt with high expectations of picking the three points against their Ivorian counterparts in Saturday’s opening game of Group B.
Head Coach Imama Amapakabo is delighted with the output of his wards at training sessions, which have been holding at the training pitch of the Mercure Hotel in the city of Ismailia since the team arrived on Thursday evening.
“The players have been working very hard and that is a positive point. They are looking forward to the tournament with a lot of enthusiasm and confidence.
“We are also happy to have most of the Europe-based squad members with us already. That allows time for good planning, bonding, and team building.”
Midfield ace Kelechi Nwakali was the first overseas-based player in the team camp (he joined before the team left Nigeria), and he has since been joined by the likes of Tom Dele-Bashiru, Sincere Seth, Muyiwa Olabiran, Orji Okonkwo, Valentine Ozornwafor, Anthony Izuchukwu, Bright Enobakhare, Sunday Faleye and Aliyu Yau Adam.
Reigning champions Nigeria head Group B and will confront Cote d’Ivoire’s U23 squad at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Saturday afternoon, before further matches against Zambia (Tuesday, 12 November) and South Africa (Friday, 15 November) at the same venue.
The Olympic Eagles are expected to depart Ismailia to their Novotel Hotel base in Cairo on Thursday.
Team captain Azubuike Okechukwu, defenders Bitok Stephen and Josiah Chukwudi and forward Taiwo Awoniyi are the only players still expected in the team camp and will arrive before the departure to Cairo.
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has received a huge boost ahead of Nigeria’s AFCON 2021 qualifier against Benin Republic and Lesotho.
The German tactician will be able to count on the services of captain, Ahmed Musa after he returned from a three month lay off in Al-Nassr in their 4-0 win over Abha on Saturday.
The 27-year-old played seven minutes of the encounter having missed the last three months due to a knee injury. Musa has not played for the Super Eagles since the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The former Leicester man was absent from Nigeria’s squad that played draws against Ukraine and Brazil in an international friendly encounter.
However, his return to action will serve as a major boost to Rohr’s hopes of getting the maximum points in games against Benin and Lesotho.
Having retained the lead in Group B despite a defeat to Australia in their last group game, coach Manu Garba’s boys have been pitched against the talented Europeans in the Round of 16 at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.
Five-time world champions and Group B winners
Nigeria are set to face off with Netherlands , who qualified from Group D as one of the four best third-placed teams.
The Golden Eaglets defeated Hungary 4-2 in their opening match at the World Cup before seeing off Ecuador 3-2 to charge to the top of their Group. Australia knocked the winds out of the Eaglets’ sail but the defeat was not enough to push the 2015 world champions off the group’s summit.
The Netherlands however started their campaign poorly with two straight defeats, a 3-0 loss to Japan and a 3-1 defeat to Senegal, but surged into the knockout phase by soundly defeating USA 4-0 on Saturday night in their Group D finale at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™.
A mouthwatering 2019 U17 World Cup Round of 16 clash between the African starlets and their European counterpart is billed for Tuesday at the Estadio Olimpico, Goiania – the first time ever these two teams will meet in this competition.
The winner of the encounter will take on either Paraguay or Argentina in the quarter-final.
Round of 16 Fixtures
Angola vs South Korea Nigeria vs Netherlands Spain vs Senegal Japan vs Mexico Brazil vs Chile France vs Australia Ecuador vs Italy Paraguay vs Argentina