Celtic & Rangers latest: Stokes still gutted by European exit; Rangers great backs McCoist


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Stokes looking to kick on

Celtic's exit from the Champions League remains a disappointment to Anthony Stokes, but he is aiming to make up for that failure in the Europa League.

Celtic take on Dinamo Zagreb in the competition tomorrow night and Stokes admits that the club must look to the competition to kick start their season. 

"Ask any footballer in the world and they want to be involved in the Champions League," he said to the club's official site.

“But we are playing European football, against some of the best sides in Europe and we have to go out on Thursday night, look for the win and kick on in our season."

Strachan coy on 'keeper selection

Celtic's Craig Gordon will be made to wait to find out if he has done enough to claim the Scotland number one shirt.

Gordon has been in fine form for the Bhoys since the start of the season, but his national manager would not confirm whether he had done enough to start for Scotland in the upcoming international friendlies. 

“It depends where the game is, who you’re playing against. It’s like that with many positions," Strachan said to the Daily Record.

“People might think it’s strange but I think it’s valid. It might be opposition, home or away, form."

Ferguson: criticism of McCoist harsh

Ex-Rangers man Barry Ferguson says that the criticism of Ally McCoist is harsh.

McCoist has come under pressure after a poor start to the season from the Light Blues, but Ferguson believes he will turn it around. 

"I believe all the criticism is a bit OTT. All the stuff in the papers and on social media hurts but it also makes you more determined," Ferguson wrote in the Daily Record.

"I genuinely still think Rangers will win the league and the manager will be there at the end of the season."

McCoist not panicking

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is staying calm despite the pressure mounting on him to improve the 'Gers performances. 

Rangers are already lagging behind the leaders in the league and a defeat against Hibernian on Monday was a big blow, but McCoist is determined to remain positive.

"It is very early in the season, I don't think anyone would argue that," he is quoted as saying by the Evening Times. 

"We are still sitting second in the table and we are not even a fifth of the way through it.

"As disappointed as we are, we are not going to start pressing panic buttons or anything like that.

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