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The significance of Old Firm derby isn’t lost on Postecoglu ahead of cup semi-final

Celtic and Rangers will be playing against each other in the Scottish Cup. The victorious team from the Old Firm derby will then proceed to face Inverness or Falkirk in the final.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is excited for the upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against rivals Rangers, recognizing the importance of the game.

The result of the match is likely to have a significant impact on both teams’ chances of winning a trophy this season, with Celtic aiming for a domestic treble and Rangers currently 13 points behind in the Premiership.

Although Celtic lost to Rangers at the same stage of the competition last season, Postecoglou is eagerly anticipating another significant match for his team. The winner of the match between Inverness and Falkirk, two lower-league teams, will face the victors in the final.

Postecoglu looks forward to the cup semi-final

“It’s a cup semi-final and it’s going to a be real good game with everything on it in terms of both teams knowing the consequences of not being successful on the day,” Postecoglou told Celtic TV.

“It’ll have everything that you normally expect from a cup semi-final and it’s one we’re looking forward to.

“At this time of the year they are all big games and they are games you would rather be involved in rather than sitting at home watching them, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Celtic head into the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers having drawn 1-1 with Motherwell in their previous league match, marking their first dropped points since January.

Despite the lack of damage to their title bid, as Rangers also lost, manager Ange Postecoglou acknowledges that his team must take lessons from the draw and improve going forward.

“We were disappointed with the game on the weekend, both in performance and obviously in the result, but there’s a learning moment there for us,” Postecoglu said.

“And we’ve been pretty good at learning along the way while winning games of football, which is not easy, because it’s easy to let things just roll along.

“So when you get an opportunity like the weekend when we didn’t do things as well as we wanted to, it’s a chance for us to improve that, within the context, though, of understanding that the group has been outstanding for a very long time.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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