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24th Oct, 2016 | 9:06am

Senior Rangers man hails Celtic opponent as world class after Old Firm showdown

By Amir Mir

Rangers goalkeeper Matt Gilks has labelled Moussa Dembele as “world class” following Celtic’s Old Firm victory in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday afternoon at Hampden Park.

As reported by the BBC Sports Gossip column citing the Daily Mail (print edition), Gilks believes the former Championship player showed why he is world class, with his “cheeky finish”.

Striker Demeble’s audacious flick helped secure a late victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side against their bitter rivals.

Former Burnley keeper Gilks denied the likes of Scott Sinclair, Tom Rogic, Dembele and Stuart Armstrong throughout the game by producing a number of fine saves.

But after 24 efforts on the Rangers goal, Gilks was finally beaten by Dembele in the 87th minute, which sent Celtic into the Scottish League Cup final.

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They will face Aberdeen on November 27, after the Dons beat lowly Morton 2-0 on Saturday afternoon to progress through to the final.

Dembele has scored 14 goals in 20 games in all competitions for the Glasgow giants, including four from two matches against their bitter rivals Rangers.

The former Fulham man netted a hat-trick as the Hoops thumped Rangers 5-1 in the league clash at Celtic Park in September.

In other Rangers team news, a number of arrests were made after there were clashes following the Old Firm derby on Sunday afternoon.