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Transfer rumor roundup: Chelsea eyes Freiburg forward; Eduoard in demand

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A pair of young forwards highlight Sunday morning’s transfer gossip, including a Bundesliga striker who’s found his shooting boots over the past two seasons.

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Luca Waldschmidt is the name, and he turns 24 next month. He’s made 95 career Bundesliga appearances, scoring 16 times with nine assists.

He earned three Germany caps at the end of 2019, but has to fight for minutes with Nils Petersen and Lucas Holer.

Every team needs depth, but this one’s a bit odd given Chelsea’s hold on homegrown center forward Tammy Abraham. Waldschmidt is a better passer, but Abraham’s finishing and aerial game are better. Still, depth will be needed and Waldschmidt can operate as a second striker, too.

Freiburg is in a host of teams that could qualify for the Europa League, while Chelsea is positioned for the Champions League and certainly has more reasonable chances to play under a brighter spotlight.


A forward getting much more fun is Odsonne Eduoard, as the “French Eddy” era at Celtic seems destined to come to a close.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has lit the Scottish Premiership on fire, and has 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 matches across all competitions this season.

He has 60 total goals since arriving from Toulouse as a teenager, and is expected to rise to a new challenge sooner rather than later.

Everton is being linked. Arsenal and Newcastle, too, and there’s plenty to suggest many others would love a player who just turned 22 in January and has fared well in European play as well.

What is the ceiling for Eduoard? It’s difficult to say. There will be some question as to whether he can immediately leap into the fray at a higher level than the Scottish Premiership, but he’s an absolute dynamo with the physical skill set to overcome any hurdles.

Celtic outlasts 10-man Rangers in instant classic

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Old Firm Derby matches always carry intrigue, but this one carried that from moment one to the final whistle.

James Forrest’s 86th minute goal rescued Neil Lennon’s Celtic from what would’ve been an embarrassing draw against their 10-man rivals Rangers at Celtic Park.

It would’ve been a banner day for Rangers under Steven Gerrard, who weathered a red card to Alfredo Morelos to find an equalizer.

Odsonne Eduoard had a goal and an assist for Celtic, who now lead the table by 13 points.

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The Bhoys, looking to avenge a first Old Firm loss in ages, went ahead through Edouard in the 27th minute and looked to be in fine shape once Morelos earned his fifth (!!!) red card of the season four minutes later when he threw an elbow into Scott Brown.

But absolutely shocking defense from Celtic allowed Rangers to equalize through Ryan Kent, who scored the winner at the Ibrox, with the visitors’ first shot attempt of the match.

The ending was insane. Eduoard set up Forrest for the winner, a composed finish given the atmosphere, but Rangers kept coming forward.

Celtic cleared a goal mouth scramble wide through Kristoffer Ajer, and goalkeeper Scott Bain rescued the ensuing corner.

It all kicked off after the match, with James Tavernier, Bain, Kent, and Scott Brown at the heart of an on-field, post-whistle shoving match.

Here’s the winner.

Champions League wrap: Ziyech scores for Ajax; Celtic wins

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There was some talk that hot transfer market target Hakim Ziyech might sit out the first leg of Ajax’s UEFA Champions League second qualifying round versus SK Sturm Graz.

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He played, and he scored. Now we wait to see whether cup-tying himself to the Dutch giants affects his season status.

Celtic 3-1 Rosenborg

Odsonne Edouard scored in each half as Celtic controlled the first leg in Glasgow, though it will be disappointed to give away a 16th minute away goal to Birger Meling. Former Man City youth Olivier Ntcham scored Celtic’s other goal.

Ajax 2-0 SK Sturm Graz

Hakim Ziyech and Lasse Schone scored for the Amsterdam set, Schone’s goal a rebound from his own missed penalty.

Ziyech had an out-of-this-world season for Ajax last season, and looks set to keep the standard.

Here’s the goal:

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Celtic drubs Rangers to clinch seventh-straight title

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This was a bit like Manchester City was expecting with their derby a few weeks back, and this is a title Celtic won’t forget any time soon, drubbing their hated rivals to clinch another Scottish Premiership title.

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Celtic beat Rangers 5-0 at Celtic Park in Sunday’s Old Firm Derby, clinching a seventh-straight league title in style.

Rangers are third, 13 points behind their rivals, while Aberdeen is 10 points behind the champions.

Odsonne Eduoard scored twice before James Forrest, Tom Rogic, and Callum McGregor blew the doors off the thing to build a five-goal lead by the 53rd minute.

The win is the 14th-consecutive Old Firm match without a Celtic loss over 90 minutes.

At one point, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig borrowed a police officer’s hat to celebrate a goal.