Provan: This is what I expect from Caixinha against Celtic
By Matt Farr
Celtic hero Davie Provan has refused to rule out a Rangers victory against his former club in the Scottish Cup semi final on Sunday.
The two sides are set to do battle at Hampden Park in the fifth Old Firm derby clash of the season, but Provan admits Rangers could come out on top.
In his column for the Scottish Sun, the 60-year-old admitted that he would not begrudge Rangers a victory because there is so little pressure on them to win.
He also revealed he expected Ibrox chief Pedro Caixinha to set up his Rangers side to sit deep, ensuring they do not allow Celtic’s attackers to get in behind the centre-backs.
Rangers have conceded nine goals from their previous four meetings with Celtic in all competitions this season, but Caixinha has seen his side ship just one goal from his first five games in charge at Ibrox.
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Provan wrote: “I would expect Caixinha to have his team sit deep to keep Celtic in front of his two centre-backs. If Rangers are at it and Celtic have an off day, Gers can win all right.
“For the moment the players are buying into a new work ethic that’s paying off. The tiki-taka build up that proved beyond Gers defenders under Mark Warburton, has been ditched for a more direct approach.
“More important, they’ve stopped leaking cheap goals. One goal lost in the last five league games has to be encouraging. Now it’s down to Caixinha to pick the right team and shape for this game.”
The difference between the two sides this season has been drilled home by Celtic’s incredible 33-point advantage in the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers have also lost three of their four meetings with Celtic this season, but they can finally get one over their rivals with a priceless victory at Hampden.
In doing so, they can end Celtic’s domestic treble dream and book their own place in the Scottish Cup Final, where they will face Aberdeen.
Rangers and Celtic are also scheduled to meet in the league in a week’s time, completing a rare Old Firm double-header.
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