Danny Wilson delivers damning verdict of Rangers display in Celtic defeat
By Matt Farr
Rangers defender Danny Wilson confessed that his side were timid in their Scottish Cup semi final defeat to Celtic on Sunday.
The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes at Hampden but could not prevent his side from succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against their Old Firm rivals.
The defeat brought to an end Rangers’ final chance at winning silverware this season, having fallen considerably short in both the League Cup and Scottish Premiership title race.
Rangers currently sit 33 points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership standings, ahead of their upcoming showdown at Ibrox on Saturday.
But Wilson insists that his side will have to perform much better than in the defeat at Hampden if they were to avoid a sixth consecutive Old Firm derby without a win.
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He told the Daily Record: “We’ll want a reaction. We’ve not beaten them this year. That’s a target for us in the game on Saturday.
“We just never really got going. When we did get chances later in the game it was too late. They were 2-0 up and there was a mountain to climb.
“Probably from the outset we looked that [timid]. I think we gave them too much respect, too much time on the ball. We never got to grips with the game and we got what we deserved.”
Wilson has been a regular first team performer at Ibrox this season, making 25 appearances in all competitions, and he has started four of Pedro Caixinha’s first five games as manager.
He has also featured in three of the five meetings with Celtic this season, missing the 5-1 defeat in September with a calf injury, and the 1-0 defeat a month later with a thigh injury.
In other Rangers news, Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has revealed what to expect from Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.