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Celtic & Rangers latest: Bhoys star stresses European importance, Clark not too down after losing place

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Van Dijk on European importance

Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk has stressed the importance of staying in Europe. 

The Bhoys take on FC Astra tonight and Van Dijk is determined to grab the three points from the game to put them in a commanding position in their Europa League group.

"It’s important to play in Europe and to play well, too," he said to the club's official site. "We have been a little bit inconsistent in the league but it takes a bit of time. We should win all of our home games and that’s what we want to do against Astra.”

Stokes happy with role

Anthony Stokes says he is happy with a more peripheral role at Celtic.

The forward was forced to play on the left-wing in the Bhoys last fixture against Ross County, rather than as a central-striker, but Stokes doesn't mind having to play as a more withdrawn figure. 

"I'm just playing where the gaffer asks me to play," Stokes said to the Scottish Evening Times. "I don't mind it. I get the chance to come inside and play off the striker."

Clark not down over losing place

Nicky Clark says he is not too down about losing his place in the Rangers squad.

Clark was dropped to the bench to accommodate Kris Boyd and Kenny Miller, but he says he cannot expect to play every game because of the amount of quality in the Light Blues' squad.

"I've been happy with the way I've been playing," he said to the Scottish Evening Times. "I'm not disappointed. It's just football for you."

"We have loads of good players at the club who have international caps and you have to expect boys like that to come in and play."

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