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Summary

  1. Rangers not yet Premiership title quality - Ally McCoist
  2. Celtic 'recruited better than Rangers' - Murdo MacLeod
  3. Ricky Sbragia resigns as coach of Scotland's Under-21s
  4. Scot Gemmill steps up from overseeing Under-17s & Under-19s

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By Colin Moffat and Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

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  4. Celtic 'recruited better than Rangers'

    Celtic eclipsed Rangers in the summer transfer market, according to former Bhoys assistant manager Murdo MacLeod.

    "Celtic have brought in the higher-class player I think," said former Celtic midfielder MacLeod.

    "When you are bringing players from Liverpool, boys who have played at Man City - it is good quality players they have brought in.

    "But Rangers have brought in good quality as well."

    Celtic signed Scott Sinclair in the summer
    Image caption: Scott Sinclair was one of Brendan Rodgers' summer recruits at Celtic
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  11. Celtic 'have added better quality'

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has got the better of Rangers rival Mark Warburton in the summer transfer market, according to former Bhoys assistant manager Murdo MacLeod.

    Former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool defender Kolo Toure and winger Scott Sinclair, former of Man City and Aston Villa, have joined Celtic, while Rangers' big-names additions are former Burnley midfielder Joey Barton and his former QPR team-mate, Niko Kranjcar.

    "Celtic have brought in the higher-class player, I think," said former Celtic midfielder MacLeod. 

    "When you are bringing players from Liverpool, boys who have played at Man City - it is good quality players they have brought in. 

    "Rangers have brought in good quality as well, so I think Rangers fans will be going into this game hoping they all produce a good performance on the day. 

    "Celtic fans will be looking at their team and thinking they are a strong side, quicker, better and they can win the match." 

    However, MacLeod pointed out: "There have been a lot of players and even big name players who have turned up for an Old Firm game and not played well."

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Kolo Toure share a joke in training
    Image caption: Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers added Kolo Toure from former club Liverpool
  12. Griffiths the difference

    Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo MacLeod believes Leigh Griffiths could be the difference between the teams in Saturday's Old Firm derby - as long as the striker recovers from injury. 

    The 26-year-old missed Scotland's 2018 World Cup qualifying win in Malta on Sunday with a hamstring complaint, but Celtic are confident he will recover in time to face Rangers in their first Premiership encounter of the season. 

    "In any Old Firm game, you need people who can score goals and, when you have got Griffiths fully fit, that is so important because I think he is the one that will get goals," said MacLeod. 

    "Griffiths is the guy you look at that is going to score, whether from outside the box or inside the box. He is a predator and he will score goals for you at all levels." 

    Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring against Aberdeen
    Image caption: Leigh Griffiths has scored seven goals in nine appearances this season
  13. 'Celtic Park makes a big difference'

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    Celtic go into the first Old Firm league game in four years one point ahead of Rangers, having played a game less.

    Former Ibrox boss Ally McCoist reckons Saturday's visitors can take encouragement from their penalty shoot-out Scottish Cup semi-final win over the champions last season but is worried about home advantage.

    "Celtic will go into the game strong favourites, but they went into the last game strong favourites and didn't win," said the former Scotland striker. 

    "Rangers played exceptionally well. I thought Celtic had good chances to score, but I thought Rangers were far and away the better footballing team that day and they must take heart from that because they passed the ball as well as I have seen them pass it in a long time and they will be looking for a similar performance. 

    "But the game being at Celtic Park will be a big difference. The home support will be in the vast majority and hopefully the Rangers players will handle that okay."

    Rangers beat Celtic on penalties at Hampden after a 2-2 draw
    Image caption: Rangers beat Celtic on penalties at Hampden after extra time ended at 2-2
  14. Rangers need time to find feet in top flight

    Ally McCoist believes Rangers need "two or three" years to be considered serious title challengers but is well aware patience will be in short supply.

    "I was never of the opinion that Rangers were going to come in and set the place on fire and win the league by some considerable distance," said the former Ibrox striker, who left the manager's post in December 2014.

    "The building process is still quietly in operation. I think it is still going to be two or three years. What we are seeing from Rangers at this moment is what I expected it to be. There will be games where things don't go their way. 

    "There has been some good performances, one or two average performances but all in all, Rangers are okay at the moment. I know what Rangers fans and Celtic fans are like. As fanatical as they are in their support of the team, they are not the most patient and some of them perhaps are not the most realistic." 

    Ally McCoist and Murdo MacLeod
    Image caption: McCoist and former Celtic star Murdo MacLeod have been showing off the culinary skills to promote Saturday's Glasgow derby
  15. Old Firm classics: Rangers 3-2 Celtic, Dec 2002

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    "When Michael Jackson popped his head around the door at Craven Cottage that day, Lee Clark knew he had entered some kind of parallel universe..."

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    Image caption: Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark
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  19. Kosovo target for proud Kurtaj

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    Hamilton midfielder Gramoz Kurtaj has set himself the goal of being called up to the Kosovo international squad this season.

    The national team played their first competitive fixture on Monday - a 1-1 draw with Finland in World Cup qualifying group I - having being granted membership of Uefa in May.

    Some players who are eligible to play for Kosovo but have previously represented other nations are still waiting clearance from Fifa to switch nationality, and Kurtaj, born in Pristina, wants to be part of a squad that has made an emotional impact on his compatriots at home and abroad.

    "I want to say that every Kosovarian is very proud of this performance of the first game," he said. "It was really nice to see the 90 minutes and I was really happy with the draw.

    "People in the world can definitely be looking forward to this team. A lot of players are still waiting for clearances and they have a really strong team.

    "For everybody, for my family, friends and every Kosovarian, it was emotional. People are really impressed with this Kosovarian team.

    "I'm in touch with the [national team staff], this is how I can say I'm definitely trying everything. I'm on this letter of the players they can call, it's just up to me if I perform well."

    Gramoz Kurtaj
    Image caption: Kurtaj spent his early career in Germany and moved to Accies from the Czech Republic
  20. 'I would have hated managing me'

    Tom English has been talking to Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark about his career experience, faith in youth, ambitions at Rugby Park and meeting Michael Jackson...

    "I know I was a handful at times. I'm not sure that Lee Clark the manager could have handled Lee Clark the player. 

    "He was just an absolute hot-head on occasion. There were many, many times when I blew up. I could be the nicest lad off the pitch, but on the pitch I could go crazy. I would have hated managing me." 

    You put it to the test and ask if he'd like to have his younger self at the heart of his Kilmarnock midfield. "On reflection, aye," he smiles. "He'd be useful. He'd be well up for it."

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    Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark
    Image caption: Clark has completely overhauled the squad at Rugby Park this summer