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Celtic & Rangers latest: Bhoys issued Champions League warning, McCoist wants to build momentum

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1) Stokes urges Celtic to take second chance

Anthony Stokes has implored his Celtic teammates to ensure that they take their second chance in the Champions League by beating Maribor tonight.

The Bhoys were almost dumped out of the competition by Legia Warsaw, but were offered a reprieve and placed back into the competition when it transpired that the Polish side had fielded an ineligible player during the second-leg of the tie.

Now, they are determined to capitalise on their good fortune and Stokes says that Celtic must seize their opportunity.

"We have to grasp it with both hands, which we failed to do in the two Legia games,” he said.

"We have ridden our luck, obviously, getting the second chance. But if anything it will be even harder to take if we don't grasp the opportunity after everything that's happened."

“We need to get through to the group stages."

2) Dare Vrsic issues Celtic warning

Maribor striker Dare Vrsic has said that the Slovenian side’s recent history over Scottish opponents is a good omen for them heading into tonight’s tie.

Maribor have beaten Rangers and Hibernian in recent times in European competition and Vrsic insists that their run can continue when they take on Ronny Deila’s men later this evening.

“This is definitely a good omen," he said. "The matches against Rangers and Hibs show we know how to handle Scottish teams."

“Of course that does not automatically mean success here. That will only be confirmed on the pitch as this is a new and different story."

“We are all completely focused on the task ahead and I’m not afraid of Celtic."

“I have respect for my opponent but only until the beginning of the game and then we will try to beat them.”

3) McCoist wants Rangers to kick on

Ally McCoist has challenged Rangers to kick on after their demolition of Clyde on Friday.

The ‘Gers beat Barry Ferguson’s side 8-1 in the cup last week, after a disappointing start to their league campaign, and McCoist is hoping that it can provide them with some much needed momentum.

He said: "We're hoping the confidence is rising a bit. We were thrilled with the level of performance and the goals we scored against Clyde."

"I just hope we can kick on. We've some good games coming up, with Queen's Park away in the League Cup next week."

"We've also got Dumbarton and Queen of the South coming to Ibrox in the league so it's a busy but exciting period for us."

4) Kris Boyd wants more goals

Kris Boyd says that he is looking to hit the back of the net again after opening his account for the season on Friday.

Boyd notched a hattrick in the Light Blues 8-1 win over Clyde, having failed to score before that, and he says that he is looking to push on now.

"It was great to get off the mark again," Boyd said. "I didn't even score in pre-season, apart from my first game."

"You become frustrated, but I've shown over my career that I'm not going to hide if I have missed a couple of chances. I'll keep coming back for more."

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