By Emma Sanders

Rangers captain Lee Wallace admits he is envious of Celtic’s Champions League exploits this season and wants his club to be mixing it up with them.

The 29 year-old was watching Celtic’s group rivals Barcelona and Manchester City on Wednesday and revealed he was envious of his team’s main opponents.

Celtic and Rangers go head-to-head for the second time this season in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday at Hampden Park.

However, Wallace was thinking beyond domestic challenges and hopes Rangers will be battling it out in the Champions League soon, perhaps against Celtic.

“You want to be playing at those levels. Of course there is envy [of Celtic.] As a Rangers player that’s where you want to be,” Wallace told the BBC Sport website.

“That is why I came to this club. That is why a number of guys have signed for this club.

“We know how we’re going to get there. I t will take hard work but hopefully this time next season we’re in a similar position.”

Rangers currently trail Celtic in the Scottish Premier League by seven points in fourth place and have a bit of a challenge ahead of themselves.

The last time the two sides met earlier this year in September, Rangers were humiliated by Brendan Rodgers’ side when they were hammered 5-1.

The unflattering result will have haunted Wallace and his teammates and with a cup final up for grabs, the Old Firm clash promises to be a thriller.

Last season, Rangers reached the Scottish Cup final by defeating Celtic on penalties in the semi-final but they hope to win in 90 minutes this time around.

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