Celtic & Rangers latest: Deila explains Forrest exclusion, McCoist determined

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Deila on Forrest

Ronny Deila insists that James Forrest was left out of the Celtic squad which faced Partick as a result of a tactical decision, rather than an injury complaint. 

Forrest has struggled to stay off the treatment table for his entire career so far and Deila is keen to use him more sparingly than previous managers of the Bhoys to protect him from any more fitness complaints. 

"There was nothing wrong with James but we just kept him away from the game so he could train more on Wednesday and to continue to get the best out of his potential," he said to Celtic's official site

“The last three or four years he has been out for about a year-and-a-half, so he needs time and we take care of him."

Deila to wait on Mulgrew injury

Ronny Deila is waiting to hear how serious the injury which forced Charlie Mulgrew off against Partick is. 

Although the Bhoys won the match 1-0, Mulgrew's injury was a concern which arose from the contest. 

"Charlie was feeling something in his knee," Deila said to the Scottish Evening Times. "I don't know how serious it was, but he had to come off. We will have to wait and see what it is."

McCoist down

Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists that he will not quit the club after losing to Alloa last night.

The Light Blues looked on their way to a comfortable success after taking a 2-0 lead against Alloa, but threw away their advantage to crash out of the Petrofac Training Cup.

It was a defeat which heaps further pressure onto McCoist, but he is determined not to walk away and believes he can turn things around. 

"I share the fans' disappointment. They are entitled to a few choice comments, there is no doubt about that," he said to the Scottish Evening Times.

"But there's a long way to go in the season and I will fight tooth and nail to get the club back to where we belong."

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