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1st Apr, 2018 | 4:15pm

Celtic must expose obvious weak-link at heart of Rangers in upcoming semi-final

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Any Celtic fans watching Rangers’ 2-2 draw against Motherwell on Saturday would have spotted the obvious weak-link in Graeme Murty’s side which the Hoops should look to take advantage of.

The Rangers centre-backs of Bruno Alves and Russell Martin failed to cope with Motherwell for the practically the entire game, with the Steelmen’s striker Curtis Main giving the pair all kinds of problems.

With all due respect to Main, the Hoops’ strike pairing of Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths are far better players, and they should be licking their lips at the prospect of facing the Gers’ defence.

The Light Blues seem to be badly missing David Bates, who was having a very good season but got injured in the Old Firm game at Ibrox last month and will miss the semi-final.

Fabio Cardoso could perhaps come in to replace Martin, but Dembele showed that he has the beating of him when he outpaced and out-powered him when scoring the Hoops’ second goal in the 3-2 win at Ibrox.

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Another option the Gers could use is bringing Ross McCrorie into the side as a defender, and not in his defensive midfield role, but he is another player that the Hoops have got the better off this season, as Griffiths destroyed him for the Hoops’ second goal in the 2-0 win at Ibrox in September.

The bottom line is that however is in the Gers central defence the Hoops should have the beating of, and they must take advantage of this if they want to reach the cup final.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers was furious at a bad challenge on Scott Brown in the match v Ross County

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