'Relish the challenge' - Murty reveals immediate Rangers squad verdict on Celtic cup draw
Rangers manager Graeme Murty has revealed that there was a cheer from the dressing room after the club were drawn against fierce rivals Celtic in the semi finals of the Scottish Cup on Sunday.
The Light Blues had seen off Falkirk comfortably in a 4-1 victory at Ibrox in the last eight, with the draw for the next round being conducted immediately after the full time whistle, meaning the players were all together when it went on.
The first name out of the pot was Celtic, and it was followed by Rangers, meaning only one of the two Old Firm rivals can progress into the final and have the chance to pick up some silverware.
However it appears as though the Gers squad are up for the fight against Brendan Rodgers and his men, with Murty revealing the loud cheers coming from the Ibrox dressing room for what will be the third consecutive semi-final between the two clubs.
He told Rangers TV: “The sound that came out of our changing room when the draw came through was raucous and loud.
“I think that is indicative of where the squad are, they’re flowing with confidence just now. They want to get into the games against Celtic and they’re going to relish the challenge.
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“It’s a really good marker for looking at a team who want to get into that game and really go and mix it up.”
Football Insider verdict
It is a shame that the two Glasgow giants have been drawn against each other at the semi final stage, as everyone would have been hoping for a cup final between the fierce rivals. Still, it appears as though Rangers are delighted with the draw, but that will come as no surprise. The Light Blues relish every opportunity to get one over the Hoops and this will be no differenct, especially when there is a place in the cup final at stake. Who will win? Well after the 0-0 draw earlier this season, it could very well be a tight showdown, but the upcoming clash will give both clubs the opportunity to stake an early claim as favourites and pick up bragging rights.