Celtic and Rangers news: Mark Warburton receives vote of confidence from Scottish Premiership boss

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Here is the latest news involving Celtic and Glasgow Rangers almost a month before the transfer window reopens.

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has backed Mark Warburton to keep doing well at Rangers ahead of the meeting between the two sides on Wednesday, the Scotsman reports.

Warburton has come under some pressure this term from a section of supporters for failing to keep in touch with Celtic in the title race, but Neilson - who first worked with Warburton when the Gers boss was at Brentford - is confident that he will bring them success.

"Anybody who takes a job in management, wherever it is, understands that when things are going good, everyone loves you. If they're not, well, you take it on the chin," he said, as reported by the Scotsman.

"But I like what he does – and he will do well at Rangers. I've come across him in passing up here, meeting at games and I was with him at an event recently. I'll look forward to seeing him again this week."

Rangers manager Mark WarburtonRangers manager Mark Warburton

It appears that Neilson is not the only man that is backing Warburton. The Evening Times reports that Gers chairman Dave King is ready to support his manager during the January transfer window after he confirmed that there would be funds to invest.

He did however, suggest that he expects the money to be spent more wisely after a mixed summer window.

"He does have [a budget for January] – the view we have taken with Mark is that he must continue to look at his squad," he said, as reported by the Evening Times.

"I think he will admit certainly the summer transfer spending wasn't as successful as it was the previous season."

Ahead of this weekend's game between Rangers and Aberdeen, Dons hero Willie Miller has urged Derek McInnes' men to go out and prove that the Gers are, in fact, not the second best team in the country, the Daily Record reports.

The Light Blues are currently Celtic's nearest challengers, but Aberdeen know that they can move above them with a win at Ibrox.

"They are up against a team that believes they are the second best side in the Premiership and this is an opportunity for them to show what they think about that," he said, as reported by the Record

Celtic's Mikael Lustig celebrates scoring their first goalCeltic's Mikael Lustig

Meanwhile, Mikael Lustig has confirmed that he hopes to extend his stay with Celtic beyond the end of the season, the Evening Times reports.

The defender's contract expires at the end of the campaign, but he hopes that an agreement can be reached in the near future. 

"I have been here for five years and hopefully I can be here a little bit longer," he said, as reported by the Evening Times.

"My agent has spoken to the club, I think. I do love playing for Celtic. It is a great club and hopefully we can find a solution because I would like to stay here."

Celtic's Patrick Roberts, Moussa Dembele and Erik Sviatchenko celebrate winning the finalCeltic's Patrick Roberts, Moussa Dembele and Erik Sviatchenko celebrate winning the League Cup final

Speaking in the wake of the Bhoys' Scottish League Cup final win, Moussa Dembele has suggested that Celtic have the quality to become unbeatable, the Daily Record reports.

The Hoops have dropped points in the league on just one occasion this season and are already well clear at the top of the table. And Dembele appears to see no reason why that run cannot continue.

"I want that winning feeling. I'm a winner, my team-mates are winners and we want to win every game," he said, as reported by the Record.

"So if we keep playing like this and keep showing we are hungry, no one can beat us."

Finally, the Daily Record reports that Erik Sviatchenko has paid tribute to Craig Gordon after the goalkeeper kept another clean sheet at Hampden Park, which means that Celtic have not conceded a goal in a domestic game throughout October and November.

"Craig Gordon is at his best at the moment. We always know he will save us if other teams get a chance but defensively we did well and racked up another clean sheet," he said, as reported by the Record.

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