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Celtic senior man delivers verdict on Rangers celebrations after Old Firm showdown

By Matt Farr

Celtic coach John Kennedy believes Rangers’ celebrations should be seen as a compliment to the Bhoys.

A last-gasp equaliser from defender Clint Hill earned Rangers a hard-earned point in their Old Firm derby clash with Celtic on Sunday, and Kennedy claims the Hoops can draw from the reaction from their rivals.

Rangers celebrated as though they’d won the game, but the gap between the two sides in the Scottish Premiership still stands at an enormous 33 points.

But Kennedy also admitted that Rangers probably deserved a point for their efforts on Sunday, after matching Celtic in the tactical department.

He told the Daily Record: “Rangers probably deserved a point but our objective now is to go into the next game, take care of Dundee, and the Rangers game will take care of itself. But it will mentally prepare us slightly better.

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“We can take the celebrations from Rangers as a compliment. They’ve been under pressure and they’ve come in for a lot of criticism so maybe that’s the reason they were celebrating.

“People probably wrote them off before the game but we didn’t – in house, we were preparing as best as we probably could.”

The two Glasgow heavyweights are set to do battle once again in the Scottish Cup semi-final at the end of April.

The cup clash will be the fifth meeting between the two sides in all competitions this season, with Celtic winning three and drawing one.

There will be much more than just the traditional pride at stake in their next meeting, however, as Rangers will be the penultimate hurdle in Celtic’s bid to win the domestic treble this season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have already lifted the Scottish League Cup, while they are just six points away from winning the league title.

Rangers, on the other hand, remain third in the league, eight points behind Aberdeen in second.

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