By Amir Mir

Mark Warburton has claimed the gap between Celtic and Rangers is “a lot narrower” than people may think.

Brendan Rodgers’ side beat their Old Firm rivals 1-0 at Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

This follows the Hoops humiliating the Gers 5-1 in the league fixture in September at Celtic Park when a Moussa Dembele hat-trick tore them apart.

The former Fulham player was on the scoresheet once again at the weekend, when his late goal beat the stubborn Matt Gilks after 87 minutes.

But, despite the last two results, Rangers manager Warburton was hoping supporters can see the real difference between the two Glasgow sides.

“We’ve lost a game of football but I hope very much that this so-called gap is a lot narrower than people think,” Warburton told Rangers TV, as quoted by Sky Sports.

However, Warburton’s side did beat Celtic in last season’s Scottish League Cup semi-final, when the Bhoys were managed by Ronny Deila and the Gers were still a Championship outfit.

In the league the Scottish Champions are top with 22 points from eight games, seven points ahead of Rangers, with a game in hand.

In other Rangers team news, this senior player has hailed Celtic’s Moussa Dembele as world class.