Celtic & Rangers latest: No Brighton bid for Rangers star; Celtic 'step in the right direction'

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1) Ronny Deila says Celtic win was an improvement

Ronny Deila believes that Celtic’s successful start to their title defence was a step in the right direction for the club.

The Bhoys got their league campaign off to a winning start last night, after comprehensively defeating a ten man St. Johnstone side 3-0 and Deila is keen to use the result as a stepping stone to build upon.

"The first 20 minutes was okay and the last 25 of the first half was not the way I want to see my team play,” he said.

"But in the second-half we upped the pressure and intensity and it opened up and we got the chances and won the game.

"The second-half is more like I want to see my team but we need to work on the fitness and pattern, but that will come

"I am not unbelievably happy because I didn't think we performed fantastic but we are on our way.

"It was not perfect but the second-half was a step in the right direction."

2) Deila urges James Forrest to improve

Ronny Deila says that Celtic winger James Forrest can improve by watching the very best.

He has urged the 23-year-old to emulate the work-rate of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery during matches in the future and believes Forrest can be a better player if he does.

"He [Forrest] is unbelievably important but he is only 50 per cent of what he can do," Deila explained.

"He had 20 minutes working defence and offense and then he stopped working defence and if you are to get his potential out, he can look at Robben or Ribery and how much they run.

3) No Brighton bid for Wallace, confirms McCoist

Ally McCoist says that Rangers star Lee Wallace will be going nowhere this summer.

The left-sided player had been linked with a move to Brighton – with the Championship club reportedly bidding £800,000 for his services yesterday.

However, McCoist has quashed this links and says that Wallace will be kept at Ibrox during this transfer window.

“We’ve had no contact from Brighton and I don’t expect him to go,” said McCoist.

“Lee is a very important player to us.

“I would be hopeful as manager of the club that we can keep our best players, and Lee certainly falls into that category.”

4) Lewis Macleod doing well

Ally McCoist says that Lewis Macleod is doing well despite not playing in his favoured position.

Macleod has spent his youth-career playing as a central-midfielder, but has been utilised on the left and the right of a three-man midfield for the ‘Gers’ first team so far this season.

McCoist believes that it has not affected his performance, though, and says that the 20-year-old is still doing a good job.

"Good players can play anywhere and Lewis is certainly a good player. In his football education, it does him no harm at all moving around,” he said to the club’s official site.

“I understand people’s views on him being a central midfielder and that’s my view too. Eventually he will become a solid, good central midfield player.

“At the same time, we have to get the best out of individual players within the team and the wide areas, in terms of creating things, are very important.

“That’s something we have to look at. I’m open to change and that’s something all coaches and managers have to be.”

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