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Old Firm latest: Forster had to make Southampton move; McCoist wants Rangers reaction

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We bring you the latest news from Rangers and Celtic.

1) Celtic decline Legia Warsaw meeting

Celtic have declined to meet with Legia Warsaw to discuss their exit from the Champions League.

The Polish side wanted to meet with the Bhoys over their controversial progression to the next round of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition, but the Scottish champions would not oblige their request.

The discussions stem from the fact that Legia beat Celtic 6-1 on aggregate, but had their spot taken away from them after it was later found they fielded an ineligible player in the second-leg of the tie.

However, Celtic stand by the fact that the decision is a UEFA matter and will not discuss it any further.

The club released a statement, saying: “We are disappointed by Legia Warsaw’s comment.

“This is entirely a matter for Uefa and its processes. Accordingly, we will reserve further comment for the appropriate time.”

2) Forster had to move

Fraser Forster, who completed a £10 million move from Celtic to Southampton at the weekend, says that the time was right for him to move on.

The goalkeeper has established himself as one of the top keepers across Europe thanks to a succession of excellent displays for the Bhoys, but he feels he needed a new challenge to further his career.

“I know Celtic wanted me to stay and I know they did everything they possibly can to keep me," he explained. "But I felt now was the right time for a new challenge in the English Premier League.

“It has been a brilliant experience being part of a squad which has won titles and trophies and taken part in the Champions League.”

3) Ally McCoist wants Rangers response

Ally McCoist has challenged his Rangers side to bounce back from the disappointment of losing their first league fixture of the season.

Rangers went down 2-1 to Hearts in a pulsating clash in-front of their expectant fans, and McCoist has said that his side now need to show resilience and improve after the set-back.

“It’s absolutely vital we react quickly," McCoist insisted. "That’s the first defeat we’ve had in the league for a long, long time and it’s not a good feeling or a nice one.

“I don’t have any doubts the players will be experiencing the same feelings we are and we aim to put that right.

“We’ve lost three points when we probably should have taken something from the game. We’re extremely disappointed but hopefully we can make amends on Friday night.”

The ‘Gers face a tricky test to Falkirk on Friday, who will be hoping to capitalise on their dented confidence.

4) Osman Sow always believed

Hearts hero Osman Sow says that he always believed that his side would beat Rangers.

Sow scored a late winner at Ibrox, against all odds, but he says that he had full confidence his side would take the three points – even after Rangers grabbed a late equaliser.

“When Rangers equalised I was thinking, ‘this is our three points’. I still believed,” he said. “I just took a touch, then one touch more, and then I shot. If you work very hard then you get your rewards for it. The atmosphere was great, but all three points is the same in the end. It’s good to get them in as early as possible.”

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