Scotland latest: Celtic want Chelsea winger; Faure delighted by Rangers' summer signings

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We bring you the latest news from Celtic, Rangers and Hibernian.

1) Celtic chasing Chelsea man Christian Atsu

Celtic are hoping to bring in Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on loan ahead of the upcoming season.

Atsu impressed at the World Cup for Ghana with his tricky displays, but has little chance of breaching Jose Mourinho’s side’s first-team this season and looks set to leave the club on loan.

And at the front of the queue are Celtic, although a host of Premier League clubs are also interested, as they will be able to offer him Champions League football if they can successfully negate the qualfying stage, which begins tomorrow.

2) Ronny Deila to wait on Mikael Lustig

Ronny Deila will allow Mikael Lustig as much time as possible to prove he is fit for Celtic’s Champions League qualifying game against KR Reykjavik tomorrow night.

Lustig has been struggling with injuries in recent seasons, but was hoping to stay clear of the treatment table this campaign.

However, this latest set-back, which has ruled him out for much of the club’s pre-season so far, is a big set-back for the Swede.

Deila is a big fan of the 27-year-old, and he wants him to start in his first competitive game in charge of the Bhoys – but that will rely on Lustig proving his fitness.

3) Sebastien Faure relishing competition for places at Rangers.

Rangers defender Sebastien Faure says that he welcomes the club’s addition’s this summer, despite the increased competition they bring.

Rangers have bought in Marius Zaliukas and Darren McGregor, who will both be in direct competition with Faure for a spot in the first team, during the transfer window so far, but the Frenchman feels that this can only benefit the club.

“I think it is good for the team because it creates more competition ahead of what is going to be a long, long season,” he said to the club’s official site.

“Hopefully that will mean we play well and we can build confidence as we will have a lot of big games in the league and the cups.

“We need players who can play in different positions and I can play as a centre-back and also a right-back.

4) Christian Nerlinger rejects Rangers move

Christian Nerlinger has decided against taking up a role as Rangers’ Chief Football Operations Manager.

Nerlinger, who represented the club during his playing days, was offered the chance to takeover the newly created job by Rangers’ current Chief Executive, Graham Wallace, but after discussions the German has turned down the opportunity.

5) Hibernian youngster wants move to La Liga

Hibernian’s Jason Cummings has jokingly suggested that he would like a move to La Liga in the near future so he can be closer to Magaluf.

Hibs were relegated from the SPL last season and Cummings decided to go to Magaluf, a holiday destination famed for its nightlife, to forget about the disastrous season.

The talented striker has already been the subject of interest from Swansea City during the transfer window so far, but the Premier League club’s offers have been rebuffed by Hibs so far.

In any case, it seems like the player himself may favour a move to Spain after his summer holiday impressed him so much.

He said: “Relegation is something you want to forget about. I went to Magaluf with my mates and there was no talk about football.

“Now that I’m back my main focus is on Hibs. There is plenty of time to go elsewhere, hopefully to 
La Liga one day to be nearer Magaluf!”

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