Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson has ramped up the war of the words for the Old Firm clash on Sunday after the Rangers players celebrated drawing their rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Talking in the Daily Record, he said that he couldn’t believe the Rangers players had celebrated drawing Celtic, and that his Hoops side would have wanted to teach Rangers a lesson if they’d done anything like that.
And the recent record between the two sides is definitely on the side of the Hoops.
Rangers have only beaten Celtic on penalties in the past five years, although Graeme Murty has his men on a great run of six Premiership wins from seven.
However, Wilson was surprised at the Rangers dressing room reaction seeing as they’ve lost six and drawn two of the last eight games.
“You would obviously be looking forward to playing them and try to teach them a lesson at Hampden.
“I would have thought the Rangers players would have much preferred an easier route to the final and potentially taking Celtic on then.
“You would think that if Rangers had got result after result (against Celtic) they would be going, ‘yes, you beauty’.
“But when you are just managing to scrape draws and you are viewing those results as big successes then you would have thought they would have wanted to keep them for the final and maybe cause an upset then.”
Football Insider verdict:
Wilson has got a point. The recent results against Celtic make Rangers a big dog to make the cup final, but it also shows a new-found confidence that can’t be bad for Rangers. Murty has got them playing as a team and confidence can breed confidence and get results. The first of the Old Firm clashes at Ibrox is huge, with the Premiership title on the line. If Rangers lose the gap is back to nine and Celtic have a game in hand. If Rangers manage to win in open play for the first time since 2012 then the title race is on.