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Scotland latest: McGregor ready for Celtic role; Rangers star set to stay

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

1) Callum McGregor ready to make Celtic impact

After scoring on his competitive derby for Celtic, Callum McGregor is now ready to establish himself as a first-team regular for the Bhoys.

McGregor had spent last season out on loan at Notts County, but after scoring the winner in Celtic’s 1-0 win over KR Reykjavik in the second round of Champions League qualifying last night he believes he is ready for more action with the Scottish champions.

“I feel ready for this," McGregor said. "Going on loan to Notts County in League One was a big help to me.

"I feel like I have come back a better, stronger player. I feel mentally ready for this challenge now.

"Obviously I'm delighted with the goal and I'll enjoy it but I know I need to keep working. Once I get back into training on Thursday I'll get the head down and keep striving to be better.

"Being at Celtic means the world to me and if I can be here for a long time I'll be delighted."

The 21-year-old was one of Notts County’s key players last season, as the side narrowly avoided the drop. He scored 12 times in 36 appearances for the League One club and if he recreates a similar tally this season, it will be considered a huge success.

2) Ronny Deila happy with Celtic victory

Ronny Deila says that he is content with picking up the victory in his competitive game in charge of the Bhoys.

Celtic won 1-0 away from home against KR Reykjavik in Champions League qualfying and now look in a commanding position to make it into the next round.

One goal from Callum McGregor, on his debut, was enough to provide them victory and it was a job well done according to Deila.

"I am happy that we won the game but most happy with the performance," the new Celtic boss said.

"I love to win, I am here to win but I need performances. I want to win in a certain way as well.

"Today was a step forward in the way we want to play and that is what I am most happy about.

3) Bilel Mohsni set to stay at Rangers

Bilel Mohsni’s agent, Jerome Dakad has confirmed that his client is happy at Rangers, amid interest from Baniyas.

Rangers rejected a bid from the Abu Dhabi club for the Tunisian international yesterday, but Dakad has insisted that Mohsni will remain at The Light Blues this season.

“This is true [the bid from Baniyas], but the player does not want to leave Rangers,” Dakad said. “He wants to take the club back to the Premiership. End of story."

4) Ally McCoist seeks Rangers improvement

Ally McCoist has admitted that his Rangers side will need to perform far better by the time the season starts than they did in a 3-1 friendly defeat to Ventura County Fusion last night if they are to meet their expectations this season.

Although it is still very early into their preparations, Rangers were out-of-sorts in the match and McCoist says they will need to work on a number of things if they are to achieve back-to-back promotions this season.

“Based on the Ventura performance, you’d have to say we’re a good bit away from where we need to be,” he said.

“We still have to train and prepare and we’ve still another three games in North America then Derby.

“As disappointed as I am with the level of performance in our first game here, I’m not overly concerned that that’s what we’re going to get faced with week in, week out.

“There’s a lot of improvement there to be made and that will certainly be the case between now and the start of the season.”

5) Hearts boss confirms Osman Sow interest

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has revealed that he is trying to tie up a deal to bring Osman Sow to the club.

Sow has been on trial at Hearts for some time now, scoring in their friendly last weekend against East Fife, and he has cleary done enough to convince Neilson to make the move permanent.

The Swedish striker has just been released by Crystal Palace, after failing to make an impact in the club’s first season back in the Premier League, but he hasn’t had to wait too long to find another team.

"I’ve spoken to Osman quite a few times in the last couple of days and he is happy so it’s just a case of getting things tied up,” Neilson said.

"He’s a strong player – at six foot three he gives us that physical presence but he’s also got a lot of pace.

"He has a good work rate and he is a good character as well.

"The deal is not done yet, so we can’t say that he is going to come here, but I’d like to try and get him in."

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