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Old-Firm latest: Double Celtic swoop dealt blow; McCoist laughs off 'mind-games'

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1) Celtic will take on NK Maribor in a Champions League playoff

Celtic will take on NK Maribor in the final round of the Champions League qualification, after being handed a reprieve in the competition.

The Bhoys had been humbled at the hands of Legia Warsaw – with the Polish side winning 6-1 on aggregate of their two-legged third round qualifying match.

However, Legia played an ineligible player in the second-leg of the tie and, therefore, Celtic were awarded a 3-0 win – putting them through on away goals.

It is a fortuitous result for the Scottish champions, who had been embarrassed on Wednesday night.

They will now be looking to make the most of this second chance against Maribor and qualify for the group-stages in far less dramatic circumstances.

The first and second legs of the clash will take place on August 19/20 and August 26/27.

2) Swansea transfer plans dealt a blow

Swansea’s planed raid of Celtic has been dealt a blow, with the club being placed back in the Champions League.

Swansea had intended to bring in Virgil van Dijk and Adam Matthews, with the Bhoys needing funding as a result of their exit from the competition.

However, Celtic’s reprieve today has meant that Swansea’s plans have been thrown in jeopardy and they may have to wait and see if Celtic make it through the next round of qualification before trying to sign the highly-rated duo again.

3) Ally McCoist laughs of Robbie Neilson comments

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has laughed off comments made by Hearts manager Robbie Neilson, ahead of the match between the two sides at the weekend.

Neilson said that his squad had been training with ten men ahead of the fixture, such was their record with picking up red-cards at Ibrox.

But McCoist refused to be annoyed with the statement, writing it off as ‘mind-games’.

"If there's anybody who knows about getting red cards it's Robbie," McCoist joked. “I did have a chuckle at Robbie's comments. He's in the management door 30 seconds and he's playing mind games already.

"We all got a giggle. We took the way it was meant. I would imagine he had his tongue firmly placed in his cheek. If we can't have a smile, then we are all toiling."

4) Richard Foster looking forward to Hearts clash

Rangers man, Richard Foster, says that he is looking forward to his side’s match against Hearts on Sunday.

It will be the ‘Gers first league fixture of the season, as they aim to go for back-to-back promotions and Foster says it will be a great day.

“It’s a massive occasion for the players and for the fans,” he said.

Foster also believes that Rangers will be able to cope with the step-up in quality that they will face this year.

“It’s no disrespect to the teams we faced last season to say that the teams this year will pose a bigger threat and we’ll need to raise our game to come out on top,” he said.

“We do know that in the squad we’ve got the boys capable of doing that.”

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