Celtic & Rangers latest: Bhoys target 23-goal striker, 'Gers expect tough Dumbarton challenge


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1) Celtic hunt Stefan Scepovic

Celtic are interested in acquiring the services of Sporting Gijon forward Stefan Scepovic, according to reports.

The targetman centre-forward is thought to be available from the Spanish side for a fee of around £2.5 million and Ronny Deila’s men are interested in bringing him to Parkhead.

The Serbian international has scored 23 times in 39 appearances for Gijon and he will be looking to continue that scoring record if he was to move to Scotland.

2) Ronny Deila wants training ground improvement

Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists that the Bhoys need to invest some of the windfall of money that they will receive if they make the Champions League into the training ground.

The Norweigen manager wants better facilities available to him to develop his squad and would rather that than having it to spend on new players.

"The most important thing is to get better artificial grass with a dome over it," he said.

“That’s important to do because it’s hard weather in Lennoxtown in winter and the pitches are not so good."

“So to have the possibility of going inside and having quality training is maybe more important than a new player."

“We need a bigger indoor training pitch – it will be good for the academy as well.”

Celtic take on Maribor next week in the second-leg of qualification for Europe’s elite competition and they are in a good position, having drawn the away tie 1-1 on Wednesday.

3) McCoist expects tough Dumbarton test

Ally McCoist says that he is expecting a tough test when his Rangers side take on Dumbarton, despite the Sons’ poor start to the season.

Dumbarton have lost their opening two league fixtures, but McCoist insists that they are a better side than they have shown so far and expects it to be a challenge for the ‘Gers to get the three points against them.

"It's a game we are looking forward to,” he said. “I was down at Dumbarton last Saturday and saw Queen of the South win 4-0."

"They will obviously be looking to do a lot better than that and it was a bad day at the office for them."

"I don't like to comment on other teams because that's other managers' jobs but I'm sure Ian will admit that."

"It was the first time I've seen Dumbarton have a bad day at the office and I've seen them a good few times. They're a far better side than they showed last weekend."

"It has been a tough start to the league campaign for Dumbarton and they will be very eager to start picking up points, but we'd like to continue winning."

4) Rangers new favourites for cup

Former Rangers man Mark Hateley believes that the Light Blues are the new favourites to win the Petrofac Training Cup.

The ‘Gers won their first round clash against Clyde 8-1, whilst Hearts were knocked out, and Hateley believes that this has put Ally McCoist’s men in a commanding positon.

"Alistair is keen to win this trophy and every time Rangers enter a competition they want to come out on top,” he said. “That's our mentality and Alistair has always been a winner, even if he has been playing a game of dominoes."

"For me, I'd have said Hearts were the favourites, although Rangers would obviously have been up there as well."

"Now that they're out, it's a body blow for them and a real boost for everybody else who is still involved.”

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