Resurgent Federer advances to Montreal final

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his 6-3, 7-6 victory over Robin Haase of Netherlands during day nine of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPSwiss superstar Roger Federer turned in a precision performance Saturday at the ATP Montreal tennis, using thundering serves and clever backhands to defeat unseeded Robin Haase for a spot in the final.The 36-year-old Federer blasted nine aces and lost just nine points on his serve as he extended his match win streak to 16 — his longest win streak in five years.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a big bonus right now and I hope I can play as free as I have so far in the finals tomorrow.”Second seeded Federer will clash on Sunday with German Alexander Zverev who ended the Cinderella run of 18-year old Canadian Denis Shapovalov with a 6-4, 7-5 win in the other semi-final.Federer is undergoing a resurgence this season after it appeared to many he might be slowing down as he transitions through his mid-30s.“Confidence can get you a long way, and if you’re feeling fine physically and you are ready to fight mentally you have a lot of things in the bag,” said Federer, who would earn the second seed at the upcoming US Open if he wins in Montreal.“And then the only thing that maybe is missing is practice, but sometimes practice is overrated. It’s all about the matches at some stage.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite #KicksStalker: Jordan’s ’98 Playoff sneakers set for return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “I’m happy I’m playing as well as I am this year on the match courts. At the end that’s what matters because I spent hours and hours on the practice courts in the last year.”The 19-time Grand Slam winner Federer is seeking his 27th Masters 1000 title and his third Canadian Masters crown after wins in 2004 and 2006.Haase, who hit 17 winners, made a late charge and forced a second-set tiebreak before Federer stymied the challenge to win the match.Zverev, 20, will have a much tougher time against the skilled veteran Federer than he did in beating Shapovalov.‘Life-changing week’Zverev came into Montreal with four titles this season while Shapovalov had just three career match victories. Shapovalov leaves Montreal with seven career wins, including a shocking upset of 10-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.“It is a completely life-changing week,” said Shapovalov, whose dream run this week also included a win over former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro.The fourth seeded Zverev broke Shapovalov at 4-4 in the first set then served for the set to silence the partisan crowd.Ultimately, Zverev played better in the key moments, finishing with two aces, winning 81 percent of his first-serve points and breaking the Canadian three times.Shapovalov finished with three aces, six double faults and won 64 percent of his first-serve points in the one-hour, 43-minute match.center_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ He raised his game to another level when it mattered most, beating Netherlands Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in just 75 minutes.“I’m very excited to be back in the finals,” Federer said. “A bit surprising, to be quite honest, because I hadn’t practiced much.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Federer has taken more time off this year than usual. He skipped the clay-court season from April to mid-June.“I came from vacation, did some fitness, saw how I was feeling and said, ‘You know what, I practiced so much the last year, let’s go play some matches.’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Mbala helps Seoul bag Terrific 12 bronze at expense of Nagoya

first_imgNagoya Diamond Dolphins vs Seoul Samsung Thunders during The Asia League’s The Terrific 12 Third Place match at Studio City Event Center on 23 September 2018, in Macau, Macau. Photo by Yu Chun Christopher Wong / Power Sport Images for Asia LeagueMACAU—Seoul crashed the podium party after taking down Nagoya, 105-92, in the bronze medal match of the Asia League The Terrific 12 Sunday at Studio City Events Center here.The Samsung Thunders from the Korean Basketball League built a sizeable 34-26 lead after the first quarter and it proved to be enough foundation for them throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Although the Diamond Dolphins of the B.League tried to mount a comeback, cutting the margin to 93-87, but the Samsung Thunders were quick to respond and douse the threat.Kim Dong Uk dished out the extra pass to the open Kim Tae Sul who hit the 3-pointer from the left corner for Seoul’s 98-87 lead with 1:16 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSeoul head coach Lee Sangmin said they didn’t feel that much pressure when they faced the Diamond Dolphins due to their familiarity with their opponents.The Samsung Thunders held training camps in Japan and they were able to play against Nagoya during those trips. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Before the Terrific 12 I was worried about the outcome but I’m glad we’re the third place team,” said Lee through a translator. “And we got to play against teams like Nagoya a lot during our training camps in Japan.”Glenn Cosey led all scorers with 34 points with seven rebounds, and five assists while Ben Mbala had 27 points and 12 rebounds.Lee Gwan Hee, who once played for Phoenix in the PBA, also had his own double-double with 16 points, on 4-of-8 shooting from three, and 10 rebounds.Markeith Cummings, who played for NorthPort and Kia, led Nagoya with 29 points and eight rebounds while Shuto Ando had 18 points and five boards.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix keeps winning, beats Magnolia behind Phelpslast_img read more

Louie Alas: We have to beat teams we are supposed to beat

first_img“We’re deeper now,” Alas said in Filipino. “So I guess this season, we can really compete. I always felt that we were three pieces away from competing but now that we have two, we should be good.”More than the added depth and skill, Alas feels Mallari and Marcelo will bring their winning ways to the Fuel Masters, who were often caught fumbling in tense endgame situations during crucial ballgames.But while Alas is hoping for a breakthrough this season, he is grounding himself in reality.“San Miguel, Ginebra, Purefoods and Alaska, those are real elite teams. We will try to compete as hard as we can against them,” said Alas. “But right now, the test will be to beat the teams that are in the same level as we are in. I’m not saying we’re better than the rest of the field. But we should be able to win the games we have to win against them.”Mallari and Marcelo will join a squad with a solid core led by national team mainstay Matthew Wright, Abueva and Rookie of the Year Jason Perkins.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phoenix coach Louie Alas isn’t ready to measure his squad against the top teams of the league just yet.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?01:32‘Bata’ Reyes handily beats Thai foe in SEA Games carom02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Right now, he wants to look at the squads his team is realistically competitive against.“We must be able to beat teams we are supposed to beat,” Alas said in Filipino during the PBA’s recent media day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That’s where we will start.”Phoenix goes into a second season with Calvin Abueva now fully absorbed into its system and with additions Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, Alas feels he has the pieces to finally take it to the big guns of the league. Game from quick exit, Venus Williams wins at Australian Open LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s a competitive five that will be unveiled when Pheonix battles Meralco at 7 p.m. Wednesday in both teams’ Philippine Cup debuts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

A Betrayal of Promise’

first_imgRights activist and former Minister of Labor, Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe, said under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, the country has witnessed “selective justice, the shielding of some corrupt officials, the jailing of journalists and political activists for sedition, criminal libel against the President, and criminal malevolence, rather than the fight against corruption which she promised.”Cllr. Gongloe made the statement on Sunday, July 3, when he delivered the keynote address at a program marking the commencement convocation of Ricks Institute in Virginia, Montserrado County, in the Washington Chapel Auditorium, where 47 twelfth graders, who completed the Institute’s prescribed curriculum, were graduating. He spoke on the topic, “Keeping the Promise of Maintaining Peace in Liberia: An Obligation of All Liberians.” “In 2006, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to power promising she would be in power for one term and her main concentration would be the laying of a firm foundation for good governance through combating corruption, upholding the rule of law and protecting the human rights of all Liberians without distinction,” Gongloe told the congregation to a round of applause.According to him, upon taking office, President Sirleaf “declared corruption as public enemy number one.”However, during her rule, he said, “The President has also engaged in nepotism, preferential treatment of some political appointees in terms of salaries and benefits, the breaking down of viable institutions established by past governments such as the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), and failed to revive institutions such as the Housing and Savings Bank, the Agricultural Bank, the Free Zone Authority, amongst others,” Gongloe said.He added that the institutions were established by past governments based on the homegrown vision of building local capital for investment, the development of local entrepreneurship and increased agricultural production, as well as providing a foundation for export and import substitution.The former solicitor-general said although President Sirleaf promised Liberians change for the better. But, he said, “the process of the change that she promised has been largely driven by prescriptions of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other multilateral institutions.”Gongloe said unlike President Tolbert’s regime that relied on local wisdom and the experience of other countries like Ivory Coast and Tanzania to develop the policy of self-reliance as a sustainable instrument of comprehensive national development and the policy of export promotion and import substitution as a sustainable economic policy for reducing economic dependency, promoting industrialization, with the net effect of increasing employment, broadening the tax base and improving the quality of life of the Liberian people, “this government has largely relied on the prescription of the World Bank and IMF such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy and Vision 2030.”He observed that the Sirleaf Administration has also virtually relied on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to carry on rural development, especially in the areas of health and education, and in a manner that appears like government has abdicated its responsibility of intervening in the lives of the people.Cllr. Gongloe added: “This is a betrayal of the promise of promoting good governance by nationally-driven programs. It should be noted that the interventions by the NGOs are donor-driven.”He said when donors stop giving money to NGOs; the NGOs will stop their interventions, and sometimes leave the country abruptly.“Most often the projects that they are engaged in at the time they stop receiving money remain abandoned forever,” Gongloe noted. He said for today, many of the hand pumps that were installed by the NGOs are broken down across the country, leaving residents in the affected areas to fetch water from streams and or creeks often prone to water-borne diseases.By that, Cllr. Gongloe informed the gathering that the Unity Party-led government has therefore miserably failed in its promise to lay a firm foundation for, among other things, good governance and development by its over-reliance on foreign aid, which impacts the citizens are yet to feel as road networks and infrastructures have remained appalling.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNBA Takes Measures against Delinquent Lawyers

first_imgLNBA President, Cllr. G. Moses Paegar The Liberia National Bar Association’s decision that only members who have made 50 percent payment toward their headquarters construction would be allowed to vote at the November 29 elections has been received with mixed reactions among its members.Those who have not made the 50 percent payment say they are not in favor of the decision, describing it as “violation of their rights.”It may be recalled that during the LNBA’s 2016 annual convention, in Ganta City, Nimba County, there was a resolution to fund their headquarters and convention center to be built along the Robertsfield Highway, in Margibi County from January-July 2017.The LNBA agreed that every lawyer, as well as students of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, would have completed the payment of the project fees.According to the arrangement, every Law Firm and senior lawyers (counselors) should pay US$1,000 each, while Attorneys-At-Law and law school students should pay US$500 and US$150 respectively.With the payment of the 50%, it means that law firms and counselors would have to pay US$500 each and Attorneys-At-Law US$250 each, as well as law school students to pay US$75.To enforce their decision, the leadership of Cllr. G. Moses Paegar circulated details of the 2018 Bar Conference to its members, indicating that only members in good standing and have also paid for the balance 50% headquarters project would be allowed to participate in the voting process to elect the national executives for the LNBA.Although, Paegar himself has been restricted by their constitution not to re-contest the presidency, he has promised to ensure the construction of the project under his watchful eyes because he did not have the opportunity to complete it.Many lawyers, including Attorney Kunkunyon Wleh Teh, who is aspiring to contest for one of the seats, said for the leadership to say that only lawyers who have paid the headquarters construction fees would be permitted to vote to elect national officers is inconsistent with the provisions of its constitution.He said they have not refused to pay the headquarters project fees, but, there were others payments like the annual dues, which they have paid, and conference fees of US$175 for counselors, US$150 as payment by Attorney-At-Law and US$100 for law school students, which they were willing to pay.But, for the headquarters construction fees, Attorney Kunkunyon Wleh Teh said it was not necessary for this election.He believes that should the leadership be allowed to go on with its plan, many members of the bar would be disenfranchised.He has, accordingly, called on the LNBA leadership to reconsider its decision.Cllr. Dempster Brown said he would seek for an injunction against all LNBA activities leading to the conduct of the November elections, if the 50% payment rule remains in full.Other lawyers said, the action by some of their colleagues was very much disappointing, because they were the same people who had agreed for the headquarters project and the payment of the fees.“Since 2016, would lawyers that charged clients over US$5000 for a case could say they can’t afford US$500 or US$250 to pay for our own headquarters,” the legal expert wondered.“That is a total shame on us lawyers that for two years we can’t pay just a little of US$1,000 or US$500,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea line-up v Barcelona: Striker set for first start?

first_imgOn Tuesday night, while many football fans in England are hitting the hay, Chelsea will be kicking off their final pre-season match before Sunday’s Community Shield against Arsenal.At 1am the Blues have the small matter of Barcelona at the FedEx Field in Washington DC to contend with.Jose Mourinho, perhaps sagely after their humbling 4-2 defeat to New York Red Bulls, has claimed neither the tactics or the result matters – but it will be important for the fitness of his players.So who will Mourinho choose for his starting XI against the Spanish and European champions? talkSPORT takes a look.A possible Chelsea team to face Barcelona:GoalkeeperHaving come on as a half-time substitute for new signing Asmir Begovic against Paris Saint-Germain, it’s likely Thibaut Courtois will start against Barcelona. He’ll be full of confidence too after he saved a penalty in the shoot-out and rattled home the winning spot-kick.DefenceCesar Azpilicueta should retain his spot at left-back, and the same goes for Branislav Ivanovic, while in the middle, Mourinho could pair Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill together after John Terry played the full match against PSG.MidfieldNemanja Matic is likely to start again but will most likely be partnered by  Ramires, with Oscar just ahead of the duo, allowing Cesc Fabregas and Mikel to join the fray later in the game.On the left, Eden Hazard should start, while Willian may play from the first whistle after coming on as a substitute in the last match.StrikerRadamel Falcao came on for Diego Costa as a late substitute in their last match and could start but it seems likely Mourinho will once again opt to play his Spain international, allowing the Colombian more time to adapt.How do you think Chelsea will line up? Let us know by commenting below… 1 Chelsea striker Diego Costa in action last_img read more

West Brom’s Nacer Chadli left out of pre-season trip after talks with Tony Pulis

first_img1 West Brom record signing Nacer Chadli has been left out of the Baggies’ pre-season trip to Austria after talks with boss Tony Pulis.The £13million buy is training at home and did not fly out with his team-mates on Tuesday, missing Pulis’ gruelling fitness training camp, according to reports.Chadli was reluctant to take part in the trip and held heated talks on Tuesday, although it ended amicably and Chadli will rejoin the squad for their trip to Hong Kong next weekend. The club will play in the Premier League Asia Trophy along with Liverpool, Leicester and Crystal Palace. The former Tottenham midfielder does not want to leave though and has stayed at home with the ultimate blessing of the club. He has assured Pulis he will be in top condition when he links up with the squad despite missing the camp which Pulis sees as a key part of their summer plans.Chadli only joined 11 months ago from Tottenham and scored five goals in 32 appearances for the Baggies last season, although struggled for form after returning from knee surgery in November. Meanwhile, it is understood the Baggies hold an interest in Fabian Delph but a move is unlikely at the moment with Stoke chasing the Manchester City midfielder. Nacer Chadli last_img read more

All Man United pre-season fixture info, including kick-off times for UK fans

first_img1 Man United kick off their 2017 pre-season tour against LA Galaxy, a team they beat 7-0 in 2014 and here, talkSPORT.com looks at the other sides they will play, including the UK start times and where you can watch them.WHICH TEAMS DO MAN UNITED PLAY?LA Galaxy v Man United in Los Angeles, California (16 JULY 03:00 BST)Real Salt Lake v Man United in Salt Lake, Utah (18 JULY 03:00 BST)Man United v Man City in Houston, Texas (21 JULY 03:00 BST) – International Champions CupMan United v Real Madrid in Santa Clara, California (23 JULY 22:00 BST) – International Champions CupMan United v FC Barcelona in Landover, Maryland (27 JULY 00:30 BST) – International Champions CupValerenga v Man United in Oslo, Norway (30 JULY 18:00 BST)Man United v Sampdoria in Dublin, Ireland (2 AUGUST 19:45 BST)WHAT CHANNEL ARE THEY ON?All games will be shown on MUTV.WHO IS IN THE TRAVELLING SQUAD?David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Demetri Mitchell, Ashley Young, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford Man United players are training in America ahead of a pre-season tour last_img read more

GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgTá Dioscónna an tsamhraidh ar obair arís achan oíche Dhéardaoin i rith an tsamhraidh. Thar 18 amháin. Tabhairígí tacaíocht daofa.An bhfuil duine ar bith sásta ghabhail amach ag díol ticéid don chrannchur atá ag an fhóchumann? Faigh i dteagmháil le duine ar bith dena h-oifigí.Ní raibh cluichí ar bith socraithe nuair a bhí seo a chur i gcló. Bord na nÓgTorthaíFaoi 10 Go GamesGaoth Dobhair A 0-11 Naomh Ádhamhnáin A 0-17 Gaoth Dobhair B 0-07 Naomh Ádhamhnáin B 0-06Faoi 1213ú MeitheamhGlean Súilí A 2-16 Gaoth Dobhair A 5-16Glean Súilí B 2-02 Gaoth Dobhair B 6-11 Faoi 14 Sraith Roinn 1Gaeil Fhánaida 2-04 Gaoth Dobhair A 0-08Faoi 14 sraith Roinn 2Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn 5-10 Gaoth Dobhair B 3-03 Faoi 8Ghlac na foirne faoi 8 páirt i mblitz i gclub Naomh Mícheál.Blitz iománaíochtaGhlac na foireann páirt i blitz Setanta. 7 gclub ann agus bhí 2 fhoireann againn. Rinne an 2 fhoireann go maith.Cluichí na seachtaine.Faoi 1220/06 Naomh Mícheál v Gaoth Dobhair.27/06 Gaoth Dobhair v Gaeil Fhánaida.Faoi 14 Sraith Roinn 115/06 Seán Mac Cumhaill V Gaoth Dobhair A22/06 Burt V Gaoth Dobhair AFaoin 14 sraith Roinn 215/06 Gaoth Dobhair B v na Dúnaibh22/06 Naomh Mícheál v Gaoth Dobhair B.Campa Samhraidh, Bord na nÓg, 11-15ú Iúil 2011Beidh an campa ar siúl ó 11-15ú Iúil do pháistí ó 6 bliana suas. Beidh foirm iarratais ar fáil ag traenáil faoi aois agus fríd na scoileanna gan mhoill. Caithfidh do foirm iarratais a bheith istigh roimh 1ú Iúil 2011.GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

Celtic ‘have £3.5m bid for international defender rejected’

first_img targets REVEALED moving on However, the Scottish Sun say Dons have knocked back the approach, and have made it clear McKenna will not be leaving Pittodrie before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager, has been tracking McKenna since his breakthrough campaign last season, when he made 35 appearances for Aberdeen and broke into the Scotland squad. In his fourth game for his country, the 21-year-old was handed the captain’s armband. TOP WORK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets McKenna has quickly establishied himself as one of the best defenders in Scottish football LIVING THE DREAM Latest transfer news Aberdeen have rejected an opening bid from Celtic for defender Scott McKenna, according to reports.The Hoops were reported on Tuesday to have made an initial approach for McKenna, the centre-half, with an offer worth around £3.5million submitted. Rodgers wants to bring a new centre-half to Parkhead, and Bruma, the Netherlands international, was reported to be a target of Celtic’s earlier this week. Wolfsburg are said to be open to selling Bruma for around £7million. 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Aberdeen have already fought to keep hold of McKenna this year, having rejected four bids from English Championship side Hull City in January, and also knocking back approaches from Swansea earlier this summer.If no deal for McKenna can be agreed with Aberdeen, Celtic may turn their attentions to Jeffrey Bruma before the transfer window shuts. three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star McKenna broke into the Scotland set-up towards the end of last season Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing last_img read more