Ally McCoist: This is why Rangers can beat Celtic on Sunday, states duo should start
By Will Butcher
Ally McCoist believes Rangers can cause an upset against Celtic on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final because “anything can happen” in Old Firm derbies.
Former Rangers player and manager McCoist is the top scorer in Old Firm derbies to date, finding the back of the net 27 times and he believes the Gers can stop Brendan Rodgers’ side from moving towards the treble.
Speaking to the Daily Record, McCoist believes the Gers last-gasp equaliser in the last game between the two sides will give Pedro Caixinha’s side a boost ahead of the semi-final.
McCoist also believes young duo Myles Beerman and David Bates are deserving of a start against the Hoops, after starring in their last three outings.
“Celtic will start as favourites, but I don’t think they are as clear-cut favourites as they would have been four or five weeks ago,” McCoist said.
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“I’ve been involved in enough Old Firm games to know that absolutely anything can happen.
“If you are good enough, you are old enough (on Beerman and Bates). They’ve been tested already and done really well. Looking at the games they’ve played so far, they certainly don’t look like they lack belief or endeavour.”
Both Beerman and Bates have shined in the last three games after making their debut against Kilmarnock, playing a crucial part in helping the Gers keep three consecutive clean sheets.
Rangers will be desperate to win and prevent Celtic from securing a sensational treble in Rodgers’ first season in charge at Celtic Park.
The Bhoys have already won the league cup and the league title, and will be gunning for a place in the final with a fourth victory of the season against Rangers on Sunday.
However, Caixinha’s side could end a dismal run of form against their Old Firm rivals, after failing to win once in the two side’s four meetings this season.
With Aberdeen and Hibernian going head to head in the other semi final, Rangers could cause an upset by securing victory at Hampden Park.
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