Celtic and Rangers: Southampton want another Bhoy; Boyd won't blame teammates

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1) Southampton want Virgil van Dijk

Southampton are aiming to sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic, according to reports.

The Saints are on the hunt for a replacement for Dejan Lovren, who left to join Liverpool this summer, and they have reportedly lined-up the Bhoys star as a player who they want to sign.

Van Dijk is considered a key player at the club, so the Scottish champions are reluctant to sell, but such is Southampton’s wealth they may be forced into it against their will.

If Van Dijk was to join he would become the second Celtic player to make the switch this summer, after Southampton signed Fraser Forster this week.

2) Craig Gordon can’t wait for Celtic Park debut

New Celtic number one, Craig Gordon, says that he cannot wait to make his home debut for the club.

The Scottish stopper made his first appearance for the Bhoys in the side’s 3-0 win over St. Johnstone in midweek and is now looking forward to playing at Celtic Park for the first time, when they side take on Dundee United this Saturday.

“It’ll be great to run out at Celtic Park with those supporters behind us, I’ve been looking forward to it for a number of weeks and finally we get the chance to sample it,” he said.

“It was good at McDiarmid Park. The fans were asking me for a wave and that’s always a good sign and I enjoyed having the chance to interact with them. So now, hopefully I can repay them with shut-outs and good performances.”

3) Rangers must improve says, Lee McCulloch

Experienced Rangers man, Lee McCulloch, says that the side must improve after a disappointing start.

The ‘Gers have not won either of their first two competitive fixtures this year, but are looking to bounce back tonight and McCulloch says everyone in the squad is determined to get a result against Falkirk.

“It’s important we bounce back on Friday night as it’s a massive game for us. We played them last season and beat them 2-0 and that was pretty comfortable but they now have a new manager and they still have their young squad,” he said.

“We’ve got to start the game well, get the ball down and get it passed and hopefully we can get the three points everybody wants.

4) Kris Boyd takes blame for his lack of goalscoring

Kris Boyd has refused to blame a lack of service for not scoring for the club yet this season.

Boyd returned to Rangers this summer and has yet to hit the back of the net yet, although must supporters have attributed that to the lack of chances he has been given.

However, Boyd says that he is to blame for not scoring and that he must do better from now on.

“I won’t criticise anyone for not creating chances because I’ve not done my job to the best of my ability,” he said.

“I’ll look in the mirror and ask if I’m doing enough before I criticise anyone. There’s more you can do.

“I was brought here to score goals. Kenny [Miller] was signed to score goals. We haven’t done that. An Old Firm striker should be scoring 20-25 a season.

“If we don’t then we’ve let the club down. We’ll get better, you don’t win or lose league titles in August.”

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