COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Celtic have remained unbeaten in the league so far this season but their domestic form won’t mean much going into this weekend’s Scottish FA Cup semi-final clash against Rangers.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have been in emphatic form, winning nine and drawing one of their first ten domestic fixtures this season.
The former Liverpool boss has become the first Celtic manager to avoid defeat in the opening ten games since Martin O’Neil achieved the feat in 2000.
However, Celtic’s domestic form means very little when they take on Rangers in another Old Firm clash this Sunday with a place in the Betfred cup final up for grabs.
The Scottish rivalry is so strong that form can be thrown out of the window ahead of such a fiery clash and Rangers have a decent record themselves in the cup competition.
In last year’s competition, it was Rangers who knocked out rivals, Celtic to reach the final but Rodgers’ side were victorious in the meeting between the two last month.
Rangers suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat but looked to have turned things around since then, winning three out of their last five games since that loss.
They currently sit in fourth place, seven points behind Celtic but have Martyn Waghorn firing on all fronts in the cup competition, leading the top goal-scorers list with seven goals in four competition appearances.
Both teams will treat it like it’s the final itself, with the victors likely to head into the next game against either Aberdeen or Greenock Morton as favourites to win the competition.
In the latest Celtic news, Rangers skipper’ Lee Wallace has revealed why he is envious of Rodgers’ side.