Robert Snodgrass plays down Celtic summer move talk with Newcastle United reportedly tracking the Norwich City midfielder

Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass is a man in demand with the Scottish midfielder linked to Celtic and Newcastle this summer. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass is a man in demand with the Scottish midfielder linked to Celtic and Newcastle this summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:06 AM

Robert Snodgrass is putting talk of his future firmly on hold to give everything for Norwich City’s Premier League survival cause.

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Snodgrass was touted with a move to boyhood club Celtic in the January window and fresh speculation in the north-east suggests Newcastle United could be another possible suitor if the Canaries lose their relegation battle.

The Scottish international has one-year left on his existing Carrow Road deal but it is the immediate future he is focused on with Neil Adams’ squad desperate for points against Chelsea and Arsenal after slipping into the bottom three. Snodgrass distanced himself from Celtic’s reported interest when questioned earlier this week at the Scottish PFA player-of-the-year awards.

“You must be doing something right if you are being linked with a club like Celtic,” he said. “But I have another year left at Norwich and I will give everything I have got in my body for that club because they have been terrific with me. They gave me my chance to play in the Premier League so I will honour that. There is always going to be lots of talk. Celtic are a massive club but I have a job to do for Norwich and I will focus every bit of my effort trying to keep Norwich in the league. If the worst comes to the worst and you look back with any regret, or if you could have done more, then I won’t be able to live with myself. We have had very tough games over the last few weeks and it doesn’t get any easier with Chelsea and Arsenal coming up. But I am relishing the challenge and hopefully we can do it.”

Snodgrass revealed he would also like to see Neil Lennon remain at Parkhead with the Bhoys’ boss reportedly one of the leading front-runners to be Chris Hughton’s permanent successor at Norwich should the Canaries opt not to keep Adams in charge.

“The Celtic lads have great things to say about him so if that is what he is wanting (work in England) then good luck to him,” said Snodgrass. “But (with) the manager in charge now, even though we are not getting results, we are playing well in certain spells. It will be interesting to see who does get the job. I’m sure Neil Adams will put his name in the hat and push his own claim. I will let the powers-that-be upstairs decide that. But I’m a Celtic fan so I would like to see him trying to do better in the Champions League (group) stage and try to get the treble.”

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  • I like most other people are very disappointed with the way the season has panned out. I have read all season that Snodgrass has been playing out of position on the right side but he has played most of his career in that position. The problem has been that the quality of delivery from Robert has been inconsistent. When the odd good cross has come in we have not had physical presence in the area to take those chances. Ricky V W has an eye for goal but he has not out muscled a defender all season in or out of the box. Obviously when the opposition score it puts them on the front foot and you on the back foot. We were able to score against Sunderland at home and it made us look good and perform better. I think we would all agree that Sunderland looked down and out that day at C R. There were 5 or 6 games where we failed to get result when we dominated or had advantage but failed to captalise. (Hull a played against 10 men. 1 point from Cardiff with Marshall being MOM on both occasions, Aston Villa h missed penalty, Fulham a played well but could not score, West Ham a where we dominated but conceded late and nothing for our troubles,).I still live in hope but the Championship looks to be our destination. If and when that occurs it will be interesting to see how the board deal with A) manager, B) playing staff. I would like to see Eddie Howe from Bournemouth take charge. I think we could speculate all day on the players in and out but contracts I suspect will decide many of those issues. I would think that we could well lose Ruddy, Snodgrass and Fer because they may decide that they can better themselves and hopefully we would be compensated well. I would then make Bassong, and the loanees , possibly Garrido (if Olson stays) surplus to requirements.Norwich City have my full support which ever division they play 2014-15. OTBC

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    Thaicanary

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • ohhhh huckerby I too have renewed my season ticket. So come on you players you have for what ever reason have got us here so now you get us out. I suppose it is too much to ask that you don't jump ship if we go down. I sit in the NP and was constantly screaming at you to show some passion and desire for this club. You all need to put your hands up and admit that you have not done this often enough.

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Yep you're right, and that's just one of the reasons we've been rubbish this season.

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    Gruff

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • The only team ive seen this season who didnt know Snodgrass likes to cut inside was Sunderland & their left back Alonso. Other than that most teams have all done their homework and realise Snoddy likes to cut inside.They are either aware of that and are ready, or they double up on him. He's then often forced to run on and cross on his weaker foot.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • You may be right. When he was scoring he seemed to be popping up on the left but perhaps they allowed him to alternate flanks during a game. Redmond and Snodgrass did this earlier on in the season and caused the opposition problems, so Hughton stopped it at half-time. I agree, the cutting in trend doesn't really work. I think our strikers would have more goals if wingers were running to the byline and pulling a cross back. They are easier to attack and harder to defend. If you cut inside, the attacker has to hold it up first, and defenders can see it coming and deal with it.

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    Colin

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Im not lying, everytime I saw Leeds Utd play he played attacking right wing. Not ultimately disagreeing with you as im not a fan of the cutting in culture, especially if your asking both wingers to do it but thats just how Snoddy prefers it as hes not got the pace to be a natural winger running at full backs.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Always left wing for Leeds. Must be because he's left footed. Hughton never noticed that. Only surprise with Hughton was that he didn't play OlssonGarrido at right back and Russell Martin at left back!

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    Colin

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • to be fair he's always played right wing for Leeds and Scotland.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • If Snodgrass goes, good luck to him because he must be fed up playing out of position at Norwich. NA started by bringing him inside where he is far more effective but then, mysteriously, reverted to Hughton's misguided plan of playin g him as a right winger. if that continues who could blame Snodgrass if he felt a move would benefit him. He is one of our players who would attact some interest but not sure if that would include Prem clubs.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • how many first team players at Norwich are prepared to nail their colours to the mast and guarantee that while the club want them they want to play for us Next season regardless. I like many have renewed a season ticket regardless so come on PLAYERS lets be havin you..............

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Canterbury maybe they've worked out that when we go down they can move them all onto zero hours..its the new corporate thing don't you know...

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Can someone please explain something for me? The Board like the rest of us watch all the games. They can see how awful the team has been just like all the fans. So why did they do nothing for so long particularly with so much money at stake?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Snodgrass is a good player and I've said it before, no one can fault his work rate, but right wing...? Never got that, we haven't scored goals, so something was clearly wrong yet nothing has been changed.. sleepwalking into relegation for half a season. I wish him the best but I hope he goes so that our game has more than one dimension, boot it up to the right.. 28 goals, pathetic.

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • A word of caution to those speculating on players coming in: they've got to WANT to come here! Every window is the same with dans saying we should go for this player or that. The club never divulge who they've gone for - whether we get them or not ultimately. As for departures, there's no certainty that any one player will be going. They are all under contract and if they decide to go the club doesn't have to sell, likewise if the club wants them to go they don't have to. RvW isn't going to earn anywhere near his currently salary at any other English club so he might opt to stay. That's what the parachute payments are for btw. £15m, and &£17m on season 1 and 2 followed by £7m the following two seasons. Add that to the (up to) £4m per season the club are saving in debt repayment and interest, plus the increased stadium size which (if they do well next year) will be a sellout at quite a few games - the picture ain't all doom and gloom!

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    Dan

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Talk about players not being prepared to step down - that depends on whether anyone from the Premiership actually wants them! I really wonder if we have many who will be obvious targets ?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Steely: good one and I remember it now. I once had a similar in Blofield but the telegraph pole in the Globe car park had the decency to move.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Dingo it was reported that the car of his wifepartner had somehow found itself wrapped around a lamp post near to Parkhead. It didn't say anyone was involved rather that the car had achieved this feat on its own.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Yes jigs if Thorpe St A is in Glasgow:) Unless you mean Snoddy!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • I would not give ten pence for the Winkle. He can't stay with us because he's gonna get flattened in the Championship. I so wish someone pays us something for him.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Don''t his wifepartner and child live in Glasgow?

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    jigs69

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Personally the only way I see RVW leaving in the summer is either a# he has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave if relegated super cheap and his agent is world class B.Ser. b# Sporting have improved finacially an come back in for him with a cheeky 5-6m offer. or c# he is loaned out with the loanee paying 100% of his wages for 1 season. c# seems most likely as its a regular occurance with players in his situation.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • I have seen a way out of the RVW (and perhaps Fer) nightmare. It hinges on Derby winning the play off's. McLaren is a dutchfile and indeed speaks the language fluently ,(as do a few of our posters). He may think that Chris Martin won't be up to the Premiership and look for a new forward instead. A straight swap for RVW and Fer might suit both clubs. I know this values Martin at £15m but we have to take the loss one way or another. Will have to post a warning to the Norfolk landlords though. A bit of fantasizing I know but surely someone will want them.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Agree with Colins statement. Whether it will happen I dunno but look at how Burnley have played this season with Ings and Vokes. In theory as long as we keep most our better players we as a team will be playing much higher up the field. This of course will mean HooperRVW (or both) will be in the penalty area more which is exactly where they need to be to get the best out of them. It all depends what kind of manager we get in the summer. Had Hughton have still been here you would have seen us adopt the same formation he used with Brum and Newcastle which just like us this season wont suit Hooper or RVW. If we plan on keeping most our players we need a positive man manager who will help our attacking players express themselves. However if we are going down the "it wont be pretty but will get us up" route players like RVW & Hooper will be just a useless as theyve been this season. Interesting summer ahead!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Dobro: with our Board in charge we'd be lucky to get Julian Lennon. Or Indeed Julian Clary.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • If Neil Lennon gets offered the job then half the Celtic team will probably be joining us so no need for Snods to go anywhere.

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    Dobro

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • The club will probably loan RVW, so that he goes to a Dutch or Portuguese club, in the hope he does well, earns back his reputation, and then Norwich can get a decent return for him. It depends on the length of his contract too. There's no point doing that if it's only a three-year deal as you won't get much money back for him with a year to go. That only works if a four year deal. So perhaps we could start Championship games with RVW and Hooper in the team still.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Algarve I reckon Howson might give us one season as captain under the right manager.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Wouldnt blame him for wanting to leave either LYB, especially if Celtic a club he supports are reportedly interested. People have to put themselves in his shoes. Imagine you were playing for someone NCFC wanted you. Then imagine NCFC were the top dogs in the SPL without any real competition and guarentee of regular champions league football as well as pushing yourself even further within your birth nations national side through playing for said club. You'd jump at the chance. If he stays superb. Whether hes been in form or not hes certainly showed hes passionate and cares about what happens to us. I said it the other week but at full time against Fulham when I stood there applauding the lads knowing full well that had pretty much sealed our fate, I witnessed most the players do their usual quick clap and off they went. Redmond sat on the floor crying and snoody stood their clapping for ages. Clearly means more to those two players. Snoddy would be a top top top championship player. Hes a good premier league player as we saw previously. Sadly this year hes been in and out of form and we've suffered as a result but no doubting his ability.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Snodgrass, in form or out, is always an absolute trooper. Would dearly like him to stay, but would respect his decision not to given the unjust abuse he's had from some so-called 'fans' this season.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Its inevitable that the rats will desert the sinking ship. Ruddy deserves his move. He was loyal this year. Rudd is a readymade replacement. Howson, Fer and Snodgrass, maybe even Olsson wont be prepared to go down into the championship. The loanees may actually want to stay...obviously their own clubs dont want them. RVW doesnt seem to have what it takes to succeed in the EPL, and I can see him being sold at a loss to a Dutch team. We'll hang on to Hooper and get him a "hardman"strike partner to play off. Maybe Becciho?? Dont see it being Elmander. Guerittz could do a useful job in the championship. Ryan Bennett will really blossom next season in the championship. Bassong must go whatever happens, and we'll need a rising star centreback, maybe from the lower divs who is ready to move up. Redmond, far from the finished article in the EPL, could mature, and he and Elliot Bennett could be our springboard back to the Premiership. This Hughton inspired disaster we face must be put behind us, and the aim will be to do a West Brom, and bounce straight back.

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Why are people that bothered?! He's one of the best of a bad bunch, far form irreplaceable!! He'd be more than hard work in the champ, constantly whinging about how he should be playing higher. Get a grip.

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Would we sell the Wolf? he's been flop and everyone knows it. Would Norwich take the financial hit that they surly would if they sold him, or hope he comes good in the lower league.

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    Pete Moore

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • He is off. Why stay with a Championship club.

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    stormy

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • @B Inners Norwich, Like Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Hull City, Wigan, Fulham, Cardiff City, Sunderland et al, would have a hard time winning the SPL let alone the EPL. The only opportunity these provincial clubs have to win any type of silverware season after season is the Rumbelows Cup or whatever it's called now. Celtic are a worldwide club, and given the money tossed around in the Premiership would be in the top 6 after a few seasons participation. The aforementioned clubs know this and therefore would never vote the famous Glasgow Celtic into the EPL. But Celtic will find greener fields in a pan-European league while the EPL perishes. The EPL is not even the third best league in Europe and anyone who disagrees with that statement should see a doctor. I won't hold my breath till i see Norwich playing 6 matchess in the CL. Ain't gonna happen. Hows Hooper getting on!!!!!!! Can't do much with a shite team around him. Perhaps Celtic are a far better side than you lot are giving credit for!

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    Pablo Juenesse

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Why don't we offer Snodgrass the captaincy now and a premier level contract extension even if we go down and see if we can persuade him to stay by giving him the respect he has earned this season.. our only prayer of coming back quickly is to keep hold of or acquire players like him.

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    jops

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • So hes a Celtic fan. If that wasnt a come and get me plea I dunno what is. No doubting his passion and commitment for us though. I wouldnt be against him going to Celtic. Especially as hes a fan, but the money has to be right.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Snodgrass is a player we desperately need to keep hold of, premier league or championship! I can see ruddy, Bassong, fer and wolf off in the summer even if we stay up. Lets hope we can regain some of the transfer money spent on them.

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    leejamesNCFC

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Ah Snott weasel, been on holiday? One thing is for sure he won't be going to 1p5wich because your transfer budget for next year is nil. The same as last year. ME already owns everything and I suspect is already a planning Playford Road housing development. Hopefully the council (Town's landlord) will make some affordable housing a prerequisite to the planning approval. You can move out of the Whitehouse Estate.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Ruddy, Bassong, Yobo, Olsson, Elmander, Garrido, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Howson, Hoolahan, Fer, Johnson, Jonas, Van Wolfswinkel = all certain departures. Leaving us with Surman, Fox, R Bennett, E Bennett, Tettey, Martin, Whittaker, Bunn, Rudd, Nash, Murphy, Becchio, Hooper, Turner and hopefully Redmond, plus whoever we sign and whatever youth team players step up.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • You can tell Celtic play a ChampionshipLeague One standard just by the fact Hooper scored a lot of goals for them. He was a really poor signing, and one that concerned me when we made it, as scoring goals for a Championship quality team against teams of League One standard does not mean he will be good in the Prem.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Ah, so it starts now then. Players jumping ship. All good prep for Championship life.

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • We'd better get used to this type of article, folks. I can't see him staying personally. I wouldn't if I were him. He did his best but Hughton didn't use him properly and too many idiots gave him abuse. Good luck Snoddy whatever you choose to do.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • A shame the club did not increase his contract at the start of the season as that at least would have increased his value. I for one will be sorry to see him go as he is the only player, Olsson apart that seems to put in 100% effort every game and Sunday was no exception. He deserves Premiership football but few others seem up for the fight.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Would like to wish him well, as one of the few players to show some effort this season, you cannot blame him for wanting to move on and seek some success.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • ...with just a passing comment about Celtic being "massive" so Bhoys fans can get their tissues out. Let's face it Robert, Celtic may be massive but they play in a Championship grade league. They will play their 6 Champions League games each year by default but it's not the Premiership. Hold out for a Prem team RS.

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Well done, Robert! Exactly the right response to this sort of speculation. Given the importance of the last two games coming up, the Board should be making similar positive press statements to show their resolve and positive intent. Will they? I am not holding my breath.

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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