Rangers legend Peter Lovenkrands has claimed the gap to bitter rivals Celtic is “definitely closing” and thinks it is important Graeme Murty’s side can get their hands on the Scottish Cup this season.
The Light Blues face Brendan Rodgers’ side at Hampden on April 15th in the Scottish Cup semi-final and the Dane believes the Gers are “there or thereabouts” as they try to catch their Old Firm rivals.
The Gers haven’t beaten their city rivals since the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final but Lovenkrands thinks they “deserved a bit more” in their last two Old Firm meetings.
“In the last two games against Celtic I think we have deserved a bit more. Hopefully it will be third time lucky,” Lovenkrands said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“We’ve had chances in the last few games but we didn’t capitalise on them. Alfredo Morelos will be disappointed he didn’t manage to equalise late on at Ibrox in the last game. But all the top players miss chances. Alfredo will learn from that and hopefully next time he will put it away.
“But I think the gap with Celtic is definitely closing. We are there or thereabouts. It is important we try and get something from this season and that means the cup is important.”
The Light Blues are currently ten points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table following the most recent Old Firm clash which Celtic won 3-2.
The Glasgow giants also have one more league meeting before the end of the campaign with Murty’s side expected to travel to Celtic Park around the same time they face off at Hampden.
Since Murty has taken over as manager, Lovenkrands has stepped into the role of Under-20’s head coach as they face elite sides from across the UK and Europe.
Football Insider verdict:
Lifting the Scottish Cup would be huge for the Gers support after a seven-year wait for a major trophy.Beating Celtic at Hampden would also mean the Hoops’ hopes for a historic back-to-back treble would lie in tatters. The gap between the two sides is closing and with the right additions in the summer, the Gers should be in a position to mount a sustained title challenge as they look for their first league title since 2011. Finding some sort of consistency would also go a long way for the Light Blues after several years of inconsistent results.
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