McLeish delivers verdict on Rangers showdown v Celtic, believes this man can be a hero
By Will Butcher
Alex McLeish believes Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha will become a hero among Gers fans if he can secure a win against Old Firm rivals Celtic on Sunday.
The Old Firm rivals go head to head for the fifth time this season in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park, in Caixinha’s first Glasgow derby as Gers boss.
Former Rangers manager McLeish highlighted Celtic captain Scott Brown as underrated and believes he could shine against the Gers, before stating he would “love” to see his old side win.
“Brown has had a terrific season, maybe his best ever. He’s a super footballer and potentially underrated on the technical side but he’s a brilliant leader,” McLeish told Sky Sports News on Tuesday.
“Being born a rangers fan I’d love to see them win, but Celtic are the favourites. Caixinha will be a hero if he can get Rangers into the final.”
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Rangers will be desperate to stop rivals Celtic from completing a superb treble in Brendan Rodgers’ first season, with the Hoops already holding aloft the League Cup and league title.
To do that, Caixinha will have to put aside the Gers dismal record against Celtic this season that has seen his side lose three of their four outings against the Bhoys.
However, Caixinha will take heart from his form since taking over as Rangers manager, which has seen the Gers win three of his five matches as well as keeping four clean sheets.
Celtic have won just once in their last three matches and could be guilty of taking their foot off the gas following their title triumph, but will be desperate to achieve a place in the final.
With Aberdeen and Hibernian fighting in the other semi-final, Caixinha will be hopeful that the Gers can still achieve some silverware this term.
In other Rangers news, Peter Lovenkrands has made a prediction about Sunday’s clash.