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22nd Apr, 2017 | 7:50am

Barry Ferguson baffled by these Celtic claims ahead of Rangers showdown

By Amir Mir

Barry Ferguson is baffled by claims that refereeing decisions will go against Celtic during their Scottish Cup semi-final showdown against Rangers on Sunday afternoon.

Don Robertson will be one of the senior men officiating the game behind the goal following his controversial decision to award Ross County a penalty against the Hoops last Sunday

He awarded the home team a spot kick in stoppage time during the 2-2 draw despite Alex Schalk blatantly diving in the box.

The spotlight will now be on Roberton once again as he could be forced to make a big decision behind the goals in one of the biggest games of the season.

Former Gers midfielder Ferguson seemed perplexed by the so-called conspiracy theories as he offered his thoughts on the match .

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“Don Robertson will be one of the officials behind the goals after making what was the worst decision I have ever seen with that penalty award to Ross County last weekend,” Ferguson told the Daily Record. 

“I now hear people saying they fear decisions will go against Celtic on Sunday but spare me the conspiracy theories.

“The referee made a howler and it cost Celtic a win but it happens. I just hope Rangers can now end Celtic’s Treble hopes.

“Celtic are clear favourites and deservedly so but it wouldn’t surprise me if Pedro Caixinha’s side got a victory. This IS the Cup Final for Rangers.”

This will be the fifth time that the Old Firm duo will meet this season, with Rodgers team securing three wins.

However, it will be the first time that Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha will taste the Glasgow derby from the touchline.

The last time the duo met at Parkhead, when Clint Hill scored a late equaliser, Caixinha was watching from the stands having just been offered the job.

Since the Portuguese replaced Mark Warburton in the Ibrox dugout, he has secured three wins from five matches, including beating second-placed Aberdeen 3-0 away from home.

In other Rangers news, this standout performer has reportedly been ruled out of the Celtic clash. 

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