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Celtic and Rangers latest: Struggling Bhoys striker still sees future at Parkhead, McCoist praises Macleod

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Amido Balde eyes Celtic future

Amido Balde says that he still believes he has a future at Celtic, despite being loaned out this summer.

Balde has failed to impress since joining the Bhoys last summer and was loaned out to Waasland-Beveren, as a result. 

It was thought that this move was a signal that his time at Parkhead was coming to an end, but Balde says that he is determined to force his way back into starting contention at his parent club. 

“I have a contract with Celtic until 2017 and I still believe I can be a success there," the Daily Record quote him as saying. "I firmly believe I will honour that contract. It was nice to mark my debut with a good goal and I hope people at Celtic watched it.”

Scott Brown targeting European run

Celtic captain Scott Brown says that his side are still targeting a good European run despite being knocked out of the Champions League.

The Bhoys get their Europa League campaign underway on Thursday when they take on FC Salzburg and Brown insists that they will be taking the competition very seriously. 

“It’s always good to play in Europe and at least we are still in it so we have to try to do as well as we can,” the Celtic captain said to the club's official site.

McCoist reveals where Macleod has improved

Ally McCoist says that he asked Rangers youngster Lewis Macleod to become more influential on games by creating chances and scoring goals. 

The youth-product has broken through into the 'Gers first-team this season and impressed all watchers with his performances, but McCoist is determined not to put the pressure on him by over-hyping him early on in his career. 

"Lewis is terrific," he said to the Evening Express, "We asked him to contribute more goals and assists and that little bit more of a killer instinct. He's certainly given us that."

"How far can he go? He's a good young player and that's probably all I'd say at the moment."

Ally McCoist says his side deserved their win

Rangers boss Ally McCoist believes that his side deserved to beat Inverness last night. 

The Light Blues ran out 1-0 winners to get into the last 16 of the Scottish League Cup and McCoist feels that their victory was a reward for a good performance. 

“I’m delighted with the result," McCoist said to the Daily Record. "I don’t think anyone could grudge us it. We got a break with the goal, yes, but we deserved it as we were the team that looked most like scoring.”

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