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Old-Firm latest: Celtic complete deal for Villa man; McCoist not surprised by standard increase

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1) Tonev completes Celtic move

Aleksandar Tonev has completed a season long-loan move to Celtic from Aston Villa.

The Bulgarian has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Villa Park and has opted to head elsewhere to play his football this year, with Celtic landing the winger.

The Bhoys have an option to buy the 24-year-old next summer if he impresses and Tonev is aiming to do just that.

"Joining Celtic is unbelievable, and I feel really good about it,” Tonev said. “I'm delighted to have joined the club and I can't wait to meet up with my new team-mates and start playing for Celtic."

2) Ronny Deila targets good start

Ronny Deila has challenged his Celtic squad to get off to a flying start in their league campaign when they take on St. Johnstone on Wednesday night.

Much of the focus around the Bhoys at the moment has been on their European campaign – where they were handed a reprieve in the Champions League after losing 6-1 on aggregate to Legia Warsaw – but Deila says that he is fully concentrated on domestic matters now.

“We have to be up for the game and get our tempo up in the match so we can create more chances than we have done in the past two games,” he said.

“It’s important to get off to a good start and it’s good that we are getting started now. The league is very important as we can win titles and get the opportunity to play in Europe. It’s going to be a very exciting season and I’m looking forward to starting now.”

3) McCoist not surprised by step-up

Rangers manager Ally McCoist says that he is not surprised by the step-up in standard of opposition the ‘Gers have faced so far this season.

The Light Blues have drawn with Hibernian and lost to Hearts in their opening two competitive matches this year, but McCoist hasn’t been shocked by the step-up in class after they were promoted last season.

"In terms of the opposition, we've not been surprised by the toughness of the fixtures we've had so far," he said.

"We knew the Hibs game and the Hearts one would be a real step up in standards of opposition from what we have been playing. They've not surprised us."

4) Hearts defeat nothing to worry about, says Miller

Rangers front-man Kenny Miller insists that the side will bounce back from their opening day defeat to Hearts.

The ‘Gers were surprisingly beaten in-front of an expectant home-crowd in their opening league fixture of the season, but Miller feels that the 2-1 reverse is nothing to worry about and that the side will improve in the coming weeks.

"We're still full of confidence we're going to be where we want to come the end of the season. This result is just a wee knock in that regard,” he said.

"We've 35 games to go and it's important we don't get too caught up in the disappointment from how this one went.

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