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22nd Apr, 2017 | 2:18pm

Rodgers destroys Rangers ahead of Old Firm showdown, Celtic fans will absolutely love this

By Matt Farr

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has delivered a brutal put-down of Rangers ahead of their Scottish Cup semi final on Sunday.

The Parkhead chief told the Daily Record that he thought Rangers had played at their best in their last encounter, but could only muster a 1-1 draw, with the two Old Firm rivals set to go head to head again at the weekend.

Rangers have met Celtic on four occasions already this season, but have yet to record a victory over their ever-dominant rivals.

Celtic have won three of their four meetings this term, scoring nine goals and conceding just three, but Rangers will be determined to get one over their rivals in their latest encounter.

But Rodgers has given his side a fitting morale boost ahead of the tie, destroying Rangers by hinting that their opponents still couldn’t beat them when playing at their best.

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Reflecting on their previous tie, he told the Daily Record: “We did not play so well but should have won. We were up in the game and didn’t quite react to the second phase of a free-kick late on.

“We had an opportunity to win but it’s okay. We can’t be perfect. We take great strength from the fact we didn’t play so well, Rangers probably played as well as they’ll play and we still draw.”

Celtic fans will no doubt love Rodgers’ message ahead of what could be a thrilling encounter at Hampden, with the Hoops looking to move one step closer to a domestic treble.

Rodgers’ side have already won both the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Premiership titles, to little resistance, having gone unbeaten in all domestic competitions.

They can book their place in another Final with a win on Sunday, where they will face Aberdeen.

The Scottish Cup semi final is the first clash in an Old Firm double-header, with the two sides also set to meet at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership in a weeks’ time.

In other Rangers news, fans have urged this expected debutant to perform against Celtic after a reported injury blow.

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