Celtic and Rangers latest: Van Dijk urged to move by ex-Ger, Simonsen wants cup success


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Numan urges Van Dijk to leave Celtic

Former Rangers man Arthur Numan believes that a move away from Celtic will be best for Virgil Van Dijk’s career.

Van Dijk has been linked with a move away from Parkhead all summer, with Arsenal strongly linked, and Numan feels that the 23-year-old should move on in January.

"Going to England to play in one of the best clubs in Europe may be better for himself and for the national team,
" he said. “If the Dutch coach comes over to see him play against Ross County he will wonder how Virgil would do against top international players.”

John Guidetti reveals he rejected offers

John Guidetti rejected offers from a number of top European clubs to join Celtic.

The Swedish striker completed a move to the Scottish champions, on loan from Manchester City, last week and he says that he chose the Bhoys over a host of other teams.

“AIK Stockholm made an approach for me in August, but then Celtic asked for me, as did Olympiakos, Ajax, Fiorentina and Palermo,” he revealed.

“I am happy I’ll now have the chance to show what I can do in Scotland.”

Steve Simonsen wants the Petrofac Training Cup

Steve Simonsen says that winning the Petrofac Training Cup is high on Rangers’ agenda this season.

The ‘Gers lost in the final of the competition last season and Simonsen is hoping that they can make amends for that defeat this time around.

“Last season was bitterly disappointing in this competition," he said. “When you get to a final – no matter what competition it is – you want to win it."

“We were disappointed that we lost as were the fans. We want to repay them this season by going one step further.”

Ronald De Boer sadden by Scottish football

Ronald De Boer says that he is saddened by the state of Scottish football.

The league has been on a steady decline since De Boer was playing in it with Rangers and the Dutchman says he doesn’t like seeing it go this way.

“It’s sad what has happened in Scottish football,” he said.

“I always say that Celtic and Rangers – if they were in the English Premier League – would be amongst teams like Manchester United with the size of their fan base and the impact they would have. But, unfortunately, they are in a smaller league.”

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