Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has stern message for Celtic ahead of Old Firm clash
By Amir Mir
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has stated that his team is “ready to beat anyone” and told Celtic that they are next ahead of their clash on April 23.
The Old Firm duo will meet for a fifth time next Sunday where they will contest the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.
It will be the first Glasgow derby that Caixinha will taste from the dugout following his appointment in March.
The Portuguese was in the stands at Celtic Park last month when his team snatched a late equaliser in the Scottish Premiership against their bitter rivals.
Now, he has sent this stern message to the Bhoys ahead of their mouth-watering showdown next week.
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“This team is always ready to beat anyone, and Celtic is the next one,” said Caixinha, as quoted by the Daily Record. “The history of this team is about this. We need to be ready and prepare for the game.
“The approach to the game is going to be different – it’s an Old Firm game, a knockout game, and I like the strategic side of the game so I’m looking forward to preparing for it.
“I just hope to have 11 warriors starting the game.”
The Gers are going into the Celtic encounter on the back of a 2-0 home win against sixth-placed Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers side will be looking to pick up more points on Sunday, away at Ross County.
From their four meetings this term, Celtic have won three, with their most convincing win coming in September when they beat their rivals 5-1 at Parkhead.
Caixinha has a big chance of lifting his first trophy with Rangers if he can see off the threat of Rodgers side who are aiming to secure the treble in his debut campaign.
The Hoops are yet to suffer defeat on the domestic scene this term, dropping points on only three occasions.
In other Rangers news, Emerson Hyndman hails Gers teammate on Twitter after the win against Partick Thistle.