Celtic and Rangers latest: Van Dijk urged to focus by former Bhoys ace, Boyd would play for free

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Van Dijk needs to focus on Celtic form, says compatriot

Former Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has urged Virgil Van Dijk to focus on his form at Parkhead rather than start thinking of a move.

Van Dijk has been linked to a number of clubs over the summer, but now the window has closed Vennegoor of Hesselink insists he needs to try and continue improving with the Scottish champions.

"Now he just needs to get his head down and play. He's already impressive,” the former target-man striker said. “Virgil is big and strong and has a bit of Dutch pride in him, if you know what I mean. I like that."

Strachan backs Anya for Celtic

Gordon Strachan says he is surprised that a top club did not try and sign Ikechi Anya over the summer.

The Scotland boss saw Anya impress against Germany in his nation’s 2-1 defeat to the World champions and he says that was proof that he has enough quality to play for a team like Celtic, who have tried to sign him over the summer.

“He could go to a Celtic or to a club in the English Premier League no bother,” he said.

“He can play different positions too which makes him even more valuable.”

Boyd backs McCoist

Rangers star Kris Boyd has backed Ally McCoist to guide the Light Blues to success this season, despite off the field problems.

The ‘Gers are making headlines on the front and the back pages at the moment, but Boyd insists that McCoist is the right man to get them to return to the Scottish Premiership.

"Over the past few years looking at what the manager has had to deal with, it can't have been enjoyable when you see some of the things which have been said and done,” Boyd said.

"If there is any man who has the drive and determination to do it, it's the manager. He's shown that over the past two or three years he will continue to do what he does and continue to strive to make the team better.”

Boyd would play for free

Finally, Kris Boyd says that he would play for Rangers for free, such is his love for the club.

The experienced striker returned to the club where he made his name this summer and says that it didn’t matter what contract was offered to him – he would have accepted it.

"I would have walked through the doors for nothing because I wanted to play for this club," he said.

"I wanted the jersey back on. I don't want to sound smart or ignorant, but whatever I earn between now and the end of my career is not going to change the way I live.”

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