Rangers and Celtic go head-to-head on Sunday in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup – and another Gers win could trigger huge change at Celtic Park.
Last time the Light Blues came out on top of their bitter rivals they kicked the Celtic board into life and forced them to dig deep and bring Brendan Rodgers north of the border to replace the struggling Ronny Deila.
This time around though, any change could have a massively detrimental effect on the champions going into next season.
When the Gers won at Hampden in 2016, Peter Lawwell and the Hoops board sparked into life and spent some money after years of reverting to the ‘Biscuit Tin’ mentality and spending only what they needed to after getting a bit of a fright when Mark Warburton’s side triumphed on penalties.
If Rodgers, or any of a number of Celtic’s stars, get the feeling that Rangers are close enough to launch a sustained title challenge then it wouldn’t be a shock to see them look for a way out to avoid being part of the side who loses a title to their bitter rivals.
Some have been able to come up to Scotland and rehabilitate their reputation and being on the wrong end of a Rangers title win would quickly undo much of the work that has been done by the likes of Rodgers.
If the Gers can pick up a win against the Hoops at Hampden, they could do much more damage to their bitter rivals and pull themselves closer than ever to smashing Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football.
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