Scotland latest: Celtic determined to keep star; Rangers miss out on midfielder

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1) Ronny Deila is hoping Kris Commons will stay

New Celtic boss is looking to keep hold of Kris Commons, with the attacking midfielder’s future at the club coming into question in recent times.

Commons has been linked with a move away from Celtic Park, with his deal entering the final year, but Deila has revealed that he is planning to have contract talks with the 30-year-old in the near future.

He said: "Of course we want to keep Kris longer. He is the kind of guy we want to stay at the club, but of course everything has its price. He is a fantastic player and I hope he can develop further and have a season similar to the last one."

Commons scored 32 goals in 48 appearances for the Bhoys and played a starring role in their title success.

2) Emilio Izaguirre enjoying life under Deila

Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre says that new boss Ronny Deila is changing their style and that suits him fine.

The Honduran right-back, who has just returned from the World Cup, says that Deila’s intention to play an attacking game is one that he will thrive under.

“I have enjoyed it” Izaguirre said. “The football has changed in some ways but I am happy about that.

“Every manager has different ideas about training and all my team-mates tell me this manager has made big differences in the match play and in training and this is good for Celtic. I like to attack and run forward but the most important thing is the team does well.”

3) Ronny Deila targeting further progress on pre-season tour

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is expecting the Bhoys’ last pre-season friendly in their tour of Austria to be pivotal in their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Celtic face RK Reykjavik in the second round of qualifying for Europe’s premiere competition on Thursday, and Deila believes that today’s pre-season match against Dukla Prague will be the perfect preparation for when competitive football starts again.

“I want to get 90 minutes into a lot of the players which is important,” the 38-year-old Norwegian said to the club’s official site.

“We have built up now for everybody and 90 per cent of players have been getting into the games step-by-step, playing more and more.

“So I want to see that players are capable of staying on the pitch for the full match and performing well.”

4) Rangers miss out on Don Cowie

Rangers have missed out on the signing of Don Cowie, after the Scottish midfielder opted to join Wigan Athletic instead.

Cowie was confirmed as a Wigan player yesterday, putting an end to Ally McCoist’s hopes of bringing him to Ibrox.

Cowie, who signed a two-year deal with the Championship outfit, said: "It’s great to have signed, as soon as I heard of the interest from Wigan Athletic I was keen to discuss coming here.

“The club has achieved a lot in such a short space of time and after leaving Cardiff, I knew this was the place I wanted to be.

5) Mark Connolly signs for Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock have completed the signing of former Crawley Town defender Mark Connolly today.

The 22-year-old, who was a free-agent this summer, has signed a three-year deal at Rugby Park and is set to be an integral part of Kilmarnock’s first team next season.

Connolly has previously represented Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bolton during his career, but is now looking for fresh start north of the border.

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