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Celtic & Rangers latest: Stoke star rejects Parkhead move; Macleod excited to take on idol

We bring you the latest news from Celtic and Rangers.

1) Cameron Jerome rejects Celtic move

Cameron Jerome has reportedly rejected the chance of a move to Celtic in favour of joining Norwich City.

The striker had been made available for transfer this summer by Stoke City, after falling down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium, and it was thought that he was one of the Bhoys’ top targets.

However, Jerome has opted to stay in England and play in the Championship for Norwich – with the deal expected to be announced in the near future.

2) Jason Denayer looking forward to Champions League debut

Celtic new-boy Jason Denayer says that he is looking forward to playing in the Champions League for the first time on Wednesday night.

Ronny Deila’s men take on Maribor in midweek and Denayer is certain that the Bhoys will be able to do themselves justice after being handed a lifeline in the competition.

“We are now all feeling confident about the Champions League and we are going to play with a style of football we hope will win the tie against Maribor,” he said.

“We believe the defence will be far more solid than against 
Legia. That was the start of the season. The coach is still new and some players are new but now the team know each other better and it will be better in the games against Maribor.

“There is a real sense among all the players we want to make the most of this second chance."

Celtic should go into the game full of confidence after winning 6-1 at the weekend in the Scottish Premiership against Dundee United.

3) Cup not as important as league, says McCoist

Ally McCoist has said that Rangers’s performance in the league will definite whether this season has been a success or not.

The ‘Gers take on Clyde tonight in the Petrofac Training Cup and although McCoist is hoping to win the tie he admits that the competition is of far less importance than the league.

"The most important thing for us this season is to get out of this league and get back up to the top flight,” he said.

"We need to get back to the position where, along with Celtic, there is an expectation that you will win cups.

"But we have a good bit to go before we are anywhere near that."

4) Lewis Macleod excited to take on idol

Rangers star, Lewis Macleod, says that he was inspired by Clyde boss Barry Ferguson as a youngster.

The central-midfielder, who is one of Rangers’ brightest prospects, is expected to play in the the Light Blues match against Clyde tonight and he has paid tribute to their manager, who he is hoping to emulate in his time at Ibrox.

“Barry was definitely an inspiration to me,” he said.

“He always played with his chest puffed out and was a stand-out player in the team, even with all the big stars that came in.

“He could take games by the scruff of the neck and conduct the way the team played. The majority of the time, they played well. When I was growing up guys like Barry, Kris Boyd and
Kenny Miller – who are with us now – were the players I looked up to."

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