David Bates makes claim about Rangers cheers after drawing Celtic in cup
Rangers defender David Bates has claimed the cheers after being drawn to face Old Firm rivals Celtic weren’t over-confidence but would have happened regardless who the Gers were picked to play.
After beating Falkirk 4-1 at Ibrox last Sunday in the Scottish Cup, the Light Blues were then handed a semi-final clash with Brendan Rodgers’ side at Hampden with the Gers’ dressing-room letting out a cheer.
Aberdeen or Kilmarnock will face Motherwell in the other Hampden clash in April for a place in the final and Bates insists that, after beating Falkirk so convincingly, the reaction would have been the same whoever Graeme Murty’s side would face.
“We’d won against Falkirk and were buzzing to be in the next round. Whoever we got we’d have cheered anyway,” Bates said, as quoted by PA reporter Andy Newport on Twitter.
David Bates insists Rangers' reaction to landing Celtic in the semi-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup is not a sign of over-confidence from the Ibrox troops.
"We'd won against Falkirk and were buzzing to be in the next round. Whoever we got we'd have cheered anyway."
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportPA) March 8, 2018
The Old Firm giants go head-to-head at Ibrox on Sunday in the Scottish Premiership before meeting again on April 15th at the national stadium for a place in the Scottish Cup final.
The Gers haven’t won a major trophy since 2011 and will be desperate to finally end that run this year and get their hands on the Scottish Cup or Scottish Premiership and complete the Light Blues’ journey back from the bottom tier of Scottish football.
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Football Insider verdict:
Rangers have been scoring goals for fun and look to be brimming with confidence so Bates is quite probably being truthful when he says any name would’ve been cheered when named as the Gers’ semi-final opponents. Listenting to the Gers players in recent weeks there’s a definite belief they are confident in their chances against the defending champions there’s also a good chance that when Rangers’ name was pulled out beside Celtic that the cheers were a decibel or two louder than they would have been had it been Motherwell v Rangers in the semi-final.