Match Preview Live – Celtic vs Rangers 17.04.2022

Celtic and Rangers meet at another Old Firm this weekend, meeting in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

It comes two weeks after they last met, with Celtic winning 2-1 at Ibrox to take a key initiative in the Scottish Premiership title race.

However, Sunday’s game offers an entirely different prospect – the chance to reach a Scottish Cup final on Saturday May 21, facing either Hearts or Hibernian.

Rangers and Celtic meet in the Scottish Cup last four on Sunday for the fourth time in six seasons.

There had already been eight Old Firm meetings in the last four, with Celtic winning three high scores in the early years and Rangers winning in 1900 and 1960. There were three meetings in the 1990s with the Light Blues in the lead every time. .

Celtic team news: Kyogo could return, but Giakoumakis should be missed

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Ahead of his side’s clash with Rangers, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou said his side were delighted with their next game and the game “should be a cracker”.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou could start Kyogo Furuhashi after Giorgos Giakoumakis was all but ruled out.

Furuhashi returned from a hamstring injury as a 74th-minute substitute in Celtic’s 7-0 win over St Johnstone last Saturday, after Giakoumakis went off early in the game with a minor injury in the same area.

The Greek striker is expected to be the only absentee for Sunday’s encounter at Hampden.

Postecoglou said: “With Giakoumakis the prognosis wasn’t too bad. It will probably keep him out this weekend but we’re pretty confident he’ll be available next weekend. David Turnbull has trained and will Well, James Forrest has been training and doing well as Well.

Ange Postecoglou on the importance of facing Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final…

“With my experience with these things, there’s no point in trying to disguise it as something it’s not.

“You can treat it like any other game, but I think you lose the uniqueness that you want your players to take the big chance and play in the big games. You don’t want them I don’t need to tell them they’ll figure it out on their own.

“My role is to make sure the focus is on the important things and also to emphasize that the key to these great games is to be ready to seize the opportunity.”

“I don’t think he [Furuhasi] is ready to play 90 or 120 (minutes) but he is ready to play. He was back and got some game minutes last weekend and had a good two weeks of practice with the squad.

“We’ve been training pretty hard and he’s matched those levels which means he’s ready to play. Can he see 90 or 120? Not likely because he’s been out for so long but he’s ready to play and that’s the most important thing.

“I’ve been saying for a few weeks now that they’re healthier than we’ve been in terms of training the team and people and I think that’s reflected in the intensity and pace of our training, which helps us perform well in games. We are well placed, but the challenges don’t stop and we want to make sure we perform well again on Sunday.”

Hart excited for the ‘special atmosphere’, but focused on the game

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has hailed the Old Firm as a “world famous” game and is looking forward to the atmosphere at Hampden Park, but is keeping his mind focused on the task at hand.

He said: “It’s a world famous game, I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. It’s definitely something I would have watched when I had nothing to do with the game. Scottish Premiership or Celtic, it’s certainly a game inside football, we talk about it.

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“It’s an unmissable fixture, but it’s a different scenario when you’re so involved in terms of the game and you have a strong bond with the club you represent.

“It’s special… but at the end of the day if you want to play in these matches you have to have the mindset that it’s just another game, another time and another opportunity to play well and to do good to the club you’re representing.

“I’ve had some pretty special atmospheres here so far. The Celtic-Rangers games were everything people had advertised and more. To have a 50/50 split of supporters in a great venue like Hampden is something that I’m really excited to participate. But at the end of the day, it’s about what we do on the pitch.”

In latest Old Firm – Celtic complete Rangers’ unbeaten home run to move six clear

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Watch highlights from the Old Firm game between Rangers and Celtic as the opposing side come from behind to win 2-1 at Ibrox

Celtic moved six points clear in the Scottish Premiership title race after goals from Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers saw them come from behind to beat Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox two weeks ago.

Rangers were quick and just after captain James Tavernier curled in a free kick at the far post, Aaron Ramsey put them ahead.

The loanee Juventus midfielder fired home Ryan Kent’s cross in his first Old Firm appearance.

But Celtic were unfazed and Tom Rogic equalized with his first real attack in the seventh minute.

Celtic then took the lead before the break largely thanks to a mistake by John Lundstram. The Rangers man failed to clear the danger from the free-kick and Cameron Carter-Vickers showed great composure to knock the ball down and fire home.

“It’s a huge win for us, there aren’t many games left so every win is important,” match winner Carter-Vickers told Sky Sports after the match.

“All season we showed that character, we keep pushing and that’s what we did today. It was tough, the fans were all screaming for them and sometimes it takes a while to adapt , but after that we played well.”

Last outing…

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership game between St Mirren and Rangers

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership game between Celtic and St Johnstone

How the last Scottish Cup meetings between Celtic and Rangers went…

Rangers 2-2 Celtic – Rangers won 5-4 on penalties (April 17, 2016 – semi-final): Championship leaders Rangers shocked Ronny Deila’s Celtic by beating the favorites on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The Hoops had easily beaten Rangers 2-0 in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals the previous season and Gers boss Mark Warburton admitted after his team’s victory that he was “irritated by people underestimating the Rangers”. He added: “I’ve read reports that they were beaten by Celtic today. Well, they showed today that they have the quality, they have the commitment and work ethic and that gap is much, much narrower than what people are talking about.”

Rangers led twice in the game thanks to stunning striking from Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay, with Erik Sviatchenko and Tom Rogic equalizing. Rogic missed the crucial kick as Gers took a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win to set them up for the final, which they would lose to Hibernian. Celtic were on course for a fifth consecutive league title but manager Ronny Deila’s position came under scrutiny following the defeat. “There are a lot of emotions, but with bad results, of course you have questions,” he said afterwards. “You know you’re going to be under that pressure all the time when you don’t get the results you wanted.” Celtic announced three days later that the Norwegian would leave at the end of the season.

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Former Celtic striker Simon Donnelly thinks Celtic will be even better than the performance they put in in their 7-0 thrashing at St Johnstone

Celtic 2-0 Rangers (23 April 2017 – semi-finals): Both sides were under new management 12 months later and it looked like the gap had widened as Celtic comfortably overcame another hurdle on their way to an invincible hat-trick under Brendan Rodgers. Celtic were utterly dominant for the first hour as an accurate Callum McGregor finish and Scott Sinclair’s penalty earned the Hoops a 2-0 win.

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha later admitted assistant Helder Baptista warned him about his players’ mindset during the warm-up. The Portuguese said: “He thought they were totally focused but they weren’t taking advantage of it. Maybe when you don’t feel that freedom you don’t appreciate it and don’t play the way you want. .It wasn’t about being scared, it was about not letting things flow the way you have to take them.”

On the other hand, Rodgers was delighted with his team’s mental approach. “We know the consequences of this game, we also know what it means for people, but you have to perform,” he said. “And you can only perform when you stay focused and calm. What we’ve been able to do over the season is keep adding to games when you’re playing under pressure.”

Celtic 4-0 Rangers (April 15, 2018 – semi-finals): There was another temporary starter in the Rangers dugout the following year as Celtic inflicted a 4-0 defeat on their way to a second consecutive treble and interim Light Blues boss Graeme Murty apologized with his supporters following a one-sided encounter.

First-half goals from Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor put Celtic in charge and Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham both added penalties after Ross McCrorie was sent off for the Ibrox side. Murty, who replaced midfielder Andy Halliday immediately after McGregor’s 38th-minute goal, said: “It’s an isolated place standing on the sidelines when it happens. But I don’t think the Words are enough to express how I feel right now.”

Celtic keeper Craig Gordon admitted he was happy to take on a brief flurry from Rangers in the second half. “We went through 10 minutes where we struggled to get our foot on the ball and during that time I had to make a few saves,” he said. “It’s always nice to contribute to a win by making saves like that. I was quite happy with the workload, especially after going an hour without doing much at all.”

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