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Rangers vs Celtic LIVE: Old Firm rivals clash in Scottish Cup semi-final with Bhoys eyeing treble

Bynewsmagzines

Apr 28, 2023
Rangers vs Celtic LIVE: Old Firm rivals clash in Scottish Cup semi-final with Bhoys eyeing treble

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Rangers and Celtic are set to face off once again this weekend as they head to Hampden Park for the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

The Old Firm rivals already met in the final of the League Cup earlier this year with the Bhoys coming out on top and lifting the trophy. 

Rangers and Celtic have already met three times this season

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Rangers and Celtic have already met three times this season

Ange Postecoglou’s side have dominated the rivalry this season, sitting 13 points clear in the league and winning two of the three meetings so far, drawing the other. 

After winning the League Cup and moving ever closer to the Scottish Premier League title, they have a great chance of winning the treble if they come out on top at Hampden Park. 

But if there’s one team that doesn’t want that to happen, it’s Rangers, and they’ll be out to defend their title after winning this competition last campaign. 

Whichever team comes out on top this weekend will face either Falkirk or Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the final. 

Rangers vs Celtic: How to follow  

The Scottish Cup semi-final tie will take place on Sunday, April 30. 

Kick-off at Hampden Park is scheduled for 1:30pm. 

The game will be broadcast live on Viaplay Sports 1. Fans can sign up for a seven-day free trial to view the match here. Full subscription details can be found here. 

talkSPORT will have all the latest news and updates ahead of the action this weekend. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Celtic are cruising towards the title in the Scottish Premiership

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Celtic are cruising towards the title in the Scottish Premiership


Rangers vs Celtic: Team news 

Rangers will be boosted by the returns of Ryan Kent and Connor Goldson after both were missing for their defeat against Aberdeen. 

Leon King and Alex Lowry are also expected to be back in the squad and may be joined by Ridvan Yilmaz.

Ryan Jack is set to remain out injured alongside Kemar Roofe, Steven Davis, Tom Lawrence and Filip Helander.

Antonio Colak is also doubtful for this encounter.

As for Celtic, key man Jota has been out with a knock for recent matches but is expected to feature, along with Liel Abada and Reo Hatate.

But James Forrest is not likely to be back in time. 

Ryan Kent’s return would be a huge boost for Rangers

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Ryan Kent’s return would be a huge boost for Rangers

Rangers vs Celtic: What has been said? 

Celtic boss Postecoglou was asked about possibly winning the treble this season after his side reached the semi-finals. 

He said: “There isn’t a person here who hasn’t got an interest or a skin in the game. There is always a lot of noise, a lot of talk.

“But our role is to stay really disciplined and focus on what’s important. The lads have embraced that. They understand that if you take your eye off the ball you’re going to trip up.

“We never look beyond the next challenge. That’s the only way we’re going to achieve what we want to. There is always the possibility you won’t [keep winning] if you don’t concentrate, if you aren’t disciplined and work hard every day.

Postecoglou continued: “It’s OK me saying that but we see it out there. You see the end product but I see it from the whole group on a daily basis. They push each other to be the best they can be.

“As a consequence of that our performances have been really strong and are getting stronger. We look a stronger and better team every week than we were at the start of the year.” 

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