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15th Mar, 2018 | 9:15pm

Johnstone: This is what is vitally important for Rangers after loss v Celtic

Former Rangers star Derek Johnstone believes the Gers need to be “absolutely flying” when they face Celtic at Hampden in next month’s Scottish Cup semi-final if they are to stand a chance of beating them.

The Glasgow giants go head-to-head on April 15th at the national stadium for a chance to face Aberdeen or Motherwell in the final and the competition represents the Gers’ last chance to lift a trophy this season.

Johnstone believes the Gers need to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible and build momentum ahead of the crunch Hampden clash or wave goodbye to their hopes of silverware.

“It is vitally important that they get back to winning ways as soon as possible though, both for their chances of claiming second place ahead of Aberdeen and Hibs, and in order to build momentum again with the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic on the horizon,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“Rangers must regenerate that confidence and good feeling they had going into Sunday’s fixture. Ok, the result didn’t go their way in the end, but they have to be absolutely flying when they get to Hampden if they are going to have any chance of toppling the holders out of the competition.”

The Gers’ last win over their bitter rivals came at the same stage of the Scottish Cup in 2016 and Murty’s side will be hoping they can replicate that and book a place in May’s final.

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Rangers will also want to stop Brendan Rodgers’ side from taking a step closer to completing a historic back-to-back domestic treble.

Football Insider verdict:

Getting some momentum will help Murty’s side give themselves the best possible chance of beating their rivals at Hampden – although if it was only that easy the Gers would have won last weekend instead of losing 3-2 to Brendan Rodgers’ side. Gers fans are desperate to see their side lift some silverware for the first time since they won the Scottish Premiership in 2011 and have all their hopes now firmly focused on the Scottish Cup. With little else to play for this season, a win at Hampden would give the Gers a chance to write their names into the history books despite the club’s topsy-turvy season.

In other Rangers news,  this BBC pundit has said Murty must do these three things or wave goodbye to Ibrox.

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