By Matt Farr
Rangers icon Ian Ferguson has hailed the importance of an Old Firm victory over Celtic ahead of the Scottish Cup semi final showdown on Sunday.
The two Glasgow giants are set to lock horns for an incredible fifth time this season, but at Hampden there is a place in the Scottish Cup Final at stake.
Rangers have fallen well behind Celtic in the bid to become the dominant force in Scottish football, but they have a chance to get one over their rivals in their upcoming tie.
But Ferguson, who played well over 200 games for the club, has warned the Rangers players not to go through their careers without a win in an Old Firm game.
He told the Evening Times: “When you are playing Celtic, it is a one-off and they are special. You don’t want to go through your Rangers career having not won an Old Firm game and there are players in that category right now.
“You can’t go out after an Old Firm game, you hate showing your face if Celtic beat you, and vice versa if you beat them.
“When you win, you feel ten feet tall. I hope the players realise how important these games are to the club and the fans, and to themselves importantly.”
Rangers have yet to win an Old Firm game this season, losing the first three meetings, but they held their fierce rivals to a 1-1 draw at Parkhead in March.
However, Rangers have since appointed a new manager in Pedro Caixinha, and the arrival of the Portuguese has signalled a number of improvements within the Ibrox camp.
The club are unbeaten since his arrival, and have kept four clean sheets from a possible five, and they will be looking to retain their fine form and take their new-found confidence into their Celtic showdown.
The two sides are also scheduled to meet in the second part of an Old Firm double-header, this time in the Scottish Premiership, at Ibrox the following week.
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