Rangers manager Graeme Murty has thrown down the gauntlet to his side and to use the “hurt” of last month’s 3-2 Old Firm defeat to beat their bitter rivals when they meet at Hampden in Sunday in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.
Murty’s side twice took the lead at Ibrox last month before being pegged back each time then conceding a third goal to leave them empty-handed – and the Gers boss wants his side to be the ones walking off smiling at Hampden this time around.
“We should remember how much it hurt, remember we had good opportunities to get something from the game and I want them to use that as fuel to drive them to a more positive day,” Murty said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I want to walk off the pitch with a smile on their face rather than having that hurt they had the last time. Don’t walk off the pitch with that same feeling.”
The result at Ibrox effectively handed Celtic a seventh successive Scottish Premiership title and Brendan Rodgers’ side will be hoping to take a step closer to a historic back-to-back domestic treble with a win over the Gers.
The Glasgow giants go head-to-head at the national stadium for the right to face Motherwell next month in the final after Stephen Robinson’s side cruised past Aberdeen 3-0 in the other semi-final.
Football Insider verdict:
The longer Rangers go without a win over Celtic then the harder the Gers will find it to finally get that monkey off their back and finally win. The last meeting between the two sides will have been particularly gutting for the Gers after going in front twice conceding silly goals. The Ibrox side have been a match for Celtic over the last two or three games between the two and will be hoping to build on that and book their spot in the final. Getting a win over the Hoops could also give the Gers a massive confidence boost going into the final run of league games as they try to secure second in the table ahead of Aberdeen and Hibs.
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