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'A lot of talk' - Peter Grant says what has been odd about build-up to Rangers v Celtic

Former Celtic midfield man Peter Grant has expressed his disbelief after hearing reports that Rangers players cheered the Scottish Cup semi-final draw.

Gers boss Graeme Murty claimed, as reported by the Daily Record, that his players burst into celebration after hearing that the draw pitted the Old Firm together for a clash that will take place in April.

But Grant, who won two league titles in a 14 year spell with the Hoops, feels that the celebrations will fire Brendan Rodgers’ players up ahead of Sunday’s vital Old Firm Scottish Premiership clash.

“The biggest thing I’ve noticed this week – which has been unusual – is there’s been a lot of talk,” the Bhoys legend said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“I’ve heard about Rangers apparently cheering when the news came through about being drawn with Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi- final. I thought ‘aye, aye.’

“I know what I would’ve been like if I was still at Celtic, it would be ‘Okay, thank you, bring it on.'”

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The Hoops go into the game with a six points lead – and a game in hand over their bitter rivals – knowing that their four consecutive victory against the Gers would all but clinch a seventh consecutive league title.

Football Insider verdict

The reports that the Rangers players cheered the Scottish Cup is just another sub-plot that will add to the hype for the match on Sunday. There’s no doubt that the Hoops players will have read those reports, and it’s highly unlikely that the likes of Scott Brown and Kieran Tierney would have been impressed. The Bhoys will want to do their talking on the pitch, and then after the match if the result is favourable they might say what they feel about the reports, but until then, it is better to keep quiet and concentrate on clinching the three points that would all but end any talk of a title race.

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