By Amir Mir

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has called Rangers players “talented” ahead of the Old Firm meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Mark Warburton’s Rangers take on their rivals in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at the weekend, following the humiliating 5-1 defeat against their arch enemies in September.

The Gers are seven points behind the Bhoys in the Scottish Premiership, with Warburton’s men recording 15 points from nine fixtures.

Despite Rangers’ indifferent form in the league, former Liverpool boss Rodgers was complimentary towards his opponents for the weekend.

“They have some talented players and we respect that but our focus is on ourselves and bringing our A-game,” Rodgers told his Friday press conference, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

The last time Warburton’s side beat Celtic was in the same stage of this very competition last season.

The Bhoys were then managed by the now departed Ronny Deila who suffered a penalty shootout defeat against the then-Championship team.

Now Rangers take on their Glasgow counterparts looking to avenge the humiliating defeat they suffered in September at Celtic Park.

In other Celtic team news, manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed what he wants from his players ahead of the Rangers showdown.