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Celtic and Rangers latest: Newcastle in for Bhoys defender; 'Gers will thrive under pressure, insists star

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1) Newcastle hunting Virgil van Dijk

Newcastle United are hoping to sign Virgil van Dijk, and have emerged as favourites to land the imposing Dutch defender.

The Magpies have identified Van Dijk as a potentially good addition to their backline and are reportedly going to lodge a bid on deadline day.

Van Dijk’s future at the Bhoys could depend on whether or not they qualify for the Champions League, as a result.

The Scottish champions drew 1-1 in the first-leg of their crucial play-off match with Maribor last night and face a nervy tie at Parkhead next week, which may decide their prized asset’s future, as well as their European one.

2) Craig Gordon warns Celtic

Craig Gordon says that the job isn’t done after his side managed a 1-1 draw with Maribor last night.

The Bhoys are now heavy favourites to win the tie after avoiding defeat  in Slovenia, but their goalkeeper is urging the side to guard against complacency in the second leg.

“Their style of play is they play a lot on the counter-attack,” he said.

"The away leg could suit them so we have to be very wary - it's not over and done with yet."

Callum McGregor scored the all-important goal for Ronny Deila’s men last night, which puts them in a commanding position.

3) Darren McGregor believes Rangers can thrive under pressure

Darren McGregor has backed Rangers to thrive under the pressure that their fans are placing on them this season.

The ‘Gers go are the favourites to win the Scottish Championship title and McGregor insists that this tag will only spur them on, rather than weigh heavily on their shoulders.

"I have noticed since I've come here that the expectations of the fans and the standards they demand are so high,” he said.

"It does put added pressure on us but that's why we are at this club, to deal with that kind of thing and deliver for them.

"We are all looking forward to performing every week and hopefully giving the fans their money's worth. We need to keep standards up now.”

4) Barry Ferguson speaks about effect of Rangers defeat.

Barry Ferguson believes that his Clyde’s side’s defeat to Rangers will not have too detrimental an effect on the team.

Ferguson took his team to Ibrox on Monday, hoping to pull off a cup-upset, but saw them thumped 8-1.

A defeat of that nature is always tough to take, but Ferguson is adamant that the squad’s morale will not be negatively affected.

"I've been a motivator all my days, that's one of the things I did as a captain and I don't think I'll have a problem motivating these players,” he said.

"I didn't go ranting and raving, I kept them in the dressing room for a half an hour and we had a long chat.

"I've been involved in games where we've lost five and six - it happens. Six of the goals that we lost came from our mistakes and we'll try to rectify that on the training ground.

"I expect a reaction from them and that's one thing I'll demand. We set standards and targets this season and one of them was to achieve promotion. I still believe we can do that."

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