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24th Apr, 2017 | 12:25pm

Andy Walker delivers scathing verdict of Rangers after Celtic defeat

By Dominic Toner

Andy Walker was highly critical of Rangers following their defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.

The Gers suffered a 2-0 loss against their Old Firm rivals and were unable to really compete with the league champions.

They surrendered 66 per cent possession to Brendan Rodgers’ side, while goals from Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair set-up a Celtic-Aberdeen final.

Pedro Caixinha endured his first defeat in his sixth game of the Ibrox club and it was in emphatic fashion.

Sky Sports pundit Walker has delivered a scathing verdict of the Gers performance and feels they got nowhere near their opponents at the weekend.

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“I think everyone was surprised at how passive and ineffective Rangers were,” Walker told Sky Sports. “I couldn’t quite believe it in commentary that every time a Celtic player got the ball and was able to pass to a teammate, he had about five or 10 yards of room.”

“Last season’s semi-finals I thought Rangers were energetic and dominated the midfield, but I think you saw yesterday that Celtic had all the legs, had all the power, they had all the strength, and more importantly had all the good players. I think the only surprise is that it was a two-goal verdict and not more.”

Rangers will be looking to respond to their disappointing result and have five league games remaining this season.

Caixinha’s side are third-placed in the league table and are unlikely to overturn the nine-point deficit to Aberdeen in second.

However, they look set to return to European football next season and will be keen to finish the campaign strongly.

The Gers will have the perfect opportunity to get revenge agains Celtic as they hos them in their next fixture on Saturday.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton believes that the squad needs to be ripped apart in the summer.

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