Celtic and Rangers latest: Praise for Lewis Macleod and John Guidetti

All the latest news and views from Celtic Park and Ibrox, including comments on Virgil van Dijk’s future and praise for Lewis Macleod

Frank de Boer on Virgil van Dijk

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has urged Virgil van Dijk to remain at Celtic.

The 23-year-old Dutchman has been linked with a move to the Premier League following his impressive performances for the Scottish giants.

Manchester United and Arsenal both are reported to be keeping tabs on Van Dijk, but De Boer wants his compatriot to remain at Celtic Park.

‘When Virgil signed for Celtic I knew that he had everything to go on and be a top central defender, both in Scotland and in Europe’, The Daily Record quotes him as saying.

‘I felt he had all the attributes to go on and become one of the best players in the top tier in Scotland, so it is no surprise to me that is exactly what he has done.

‘It is also no surprise to me that he is being linked with clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United. They are both in the situation where they could use another top central defender and they are not easy to find, especially in today’s game.

‘I am sure that he could be a success for any club in Europe. But Celtic will know exactly what they have and no coach will ever want to sell in January.

‘It is such a difficult window to sign players that you don’t want to lose your best one. It would be good for him to win more trophies in the Scottish Premiership first before he thinks about anything else. It will all be a part of his education’.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on John Guidetti

Another Celtic player who has been making a name for himself this season is John Guidetti.

The Sweden international striker joined the Scottish Premiership champions on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old has scored nine goals in 10 competitive matches, leading to Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic showering praise on him.

‘He has played, made many goals and it’s good that he lets his feet speak’, The Daily Mail quotes the Paris Saint-Germain star as saying.

‘That’s the way he should go on, let your feet speak for themselves. You just have to continue. The doors have always been open, and it’s about how you are performing in your club team.

'It’s all about how you perform in your club team. John has done so wonderfully well in the Under 21s. That’s how he should go on’.

Barry Ferguson on Lewis Macleod

Barry Ferguson has been singing the praises of Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod.

The 20-year-old has been in impressive form for the Scottish giants this season and has been called up to the Scotland national team for their upcoming games against the Republic of Ireland and England.

‘I've seen quite a bit of him and think he's the brightest young prospect in Scotland for a long time’, BBC Sport quotes Ferguson as saying.

‘Lewis will get better and better and just needs to keep working hard, but the coaches will make sure of that and he seems like a level-headed boy. He excites me every time I see him playing’.

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