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Celtic get forward for the first time but their momentum is broken when Borna Barisic stops Jeremie Frimpong in his tracks with a wonderful slide tackle.
It’s all Rangers right now as Borna Barisic swings in a cross from the left. Scott Arfield gets to it first but the header lacks conviction.
Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound
Quote Message: Exactly the start Steven Gerrard would have wanted. Getting high up the pitch, pressing Celtic.
Exactly the start Steven Gerrard would have wanted. Getting high up the pitch, pressing Celtic.
Connor Goldson again. The Rangers defender is picked out by a James Tavernier free kick but the header is way off target.
Good pressure from Steven Gerrard’s side.
Former Scotland striker on Sportsound
Quote Message: That was some chance for Connor Goldson because he gets above Kristoffer Ajer.
That was some chance for Connor Goldson because he gets above Kristoffer Ajer.
Corner to Rangers. Filip Helander gets his head on James Tavernier’s delivery but the ball shoots high up into the sky before Fraser Forster punches clear.
A second corner. This time Connor Goldson attacks it and sends his header high and wide.
The teams are out. It’s noisy at the national stadium. Very, very noisy.
There are a few smoke bombs going off too, making it look like a heavy fog has descended.
Former Old Firm strikers Ally McCoist and Chris Sutton take turns at showing off the cup to both sets of fans at a rainy Hampden but are largely ignored.
Not long to go now…
Shep:I’m watching in Aberdeen Uni Library while revising…
Asked by BT Sport if reports he had signed a new contract at Rangers were true,Steven Gerrardsaid: “It’s not important right now. All our
attention is on the next 90 minutes and beyond. I’ll speak to you on that if and when needed.”
You can make your own mind up on that one…
Rangers manager Steven Gerrardtells BT Sport midfielder Steven Davis “had no chance”.
“He’s got a calf problem and will probably miss two or three games,” he explains. “Barisic has pulled through, he’s in great form so that one was a no-brainer.”
On the match, Gerrard says: “You’ve got to defend well. Celtic have got good players, especially their front four who have got good movement. It’s important we try and nullify their threats.
“And when the game presents itself for us to go and show how good we are from an attacking point of view we need to go and execute. We’ve got good players as well. It’s important we play the game rather than the occasion. We need to get the best Rangers today.”
Celtic manager Neil Lennontells BBC Scotland: “We’ve been going with Lewis Morgan for the past three games, it’s not going to change that much. Odsonne Edouard said yesterday he didn’t feel comfortable enough to start, but he can hopefully make an impact later in the game.
“If we turn up and play we’ve got a chance. The wet pitch may suit us.Sometimes the quicker the pitch the better we play.”
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Former Rangers defender Alan Huttontells BBC Scotland: “The weather is shocking, I just hope it doesn’t impact the game.
“It’s such a big occasion, probably more so for Rangers. It’s a massive game, hopefully they can do it.
“Obviously, Celtic have been used to winning, they’ve been dominant the past few years.”
Rangers have won the League Cup more times than any other team, lifting the trophy on 27 occasions.
They won the first final way back in the 1946-47 season with a 4-0 win over Aberdeen.
But Rangers fans haven’t seen their team lift the cup since 2010-11 when they were 2-1 extra-time winners against Celtic.
The competition was 10 years old before Celtic made their first final, beating Partick Thistle in a replay, and they have won it 18 times in total – including the last three.
Celtic’s recent cup record is just incredible. As they chase a fourth League Cup in a row and a 10th successive trophy, their run in domestic knockout competitions stands at 30 consecutive victories.
Yes, 30! With an aggregate score of 95-11.
They are unbeaten since a
Scottish Cup semi-final penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Rangers in April 2016 under the command of Ronny Deila.
To keep the neck and neck rivalry going, both sides are proudly flying the flag for Scotland in the Europa League.
With victories home and away against Lazio, unbeaten Celtic are already through to the knockout phase as group winners.
Rangers will join them in the round of 32 if they avoid defeat against Young Boys at Ibrox on Thursday.
It all means Scotland are currently soaring in 15th place in the Uefa coefficient standings and heading for an extra Champions League spot in 2021-22.
season’s Scottish Premiership title race looks like being a real humdinger.
Celtic opened a two-point lead over Rangers on Wednesday after
several weeks of the sides being split only by goal difference.
Both sides have lost just once – Rangers to Celtic, whose sole slip up was at Livingston.
Will it remain nip and tuck all the way to May?
Scotland team-mates Ryan Jack and Ryan Christie are in red hot form for their clubs right now.
Who will come out on top in that midfield battle?