Celtic tops Rangers 2-0, into Scottish Cup final vs Aberdeen

Brendan Rodgers has warned his Celtic side will march on Hampden at full strength.

Then on Sunday night, they will gather with the rest of the supporters club they are affiliated with at a bar in Parnell, to watch their team, Rangers, take on Celtic, their cross-town rivals from Glasgow, in the semifinals of the Scottish Cup.

Celtic's Scott Sinclair netted from the penalty spot.

"I thought we played absolutely brilliant in the game".

"We're playing against a very, very good team with an outstanding manager in Derek McInnes".

Rangers had to regroup and show a bit of composure to halt Celtic's pressure, and they did so to a degree before Brendan Rodgers had to make his first substitution with 34 minutes on the clock.

Martyn Waghorn also had an opportunity to give Rangers a glimmer of hope in the latter stages but his left-foot shot from a tight angle few past Gordon's near post.

He said: 'We had some young guys on the pitch today and hopefully they can learn from it and so can the rest of us.

KENNY MILLER - Played in wide midfield in the first half but looked far more lively after he went up front after the break.

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The new-ish Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha (the Portuguese has been in post for just over five weeks now) faced the stiffest test of his nascent tenure yesterday in the second of the Scottish Cup semi-finals, Aberdeen and Hibs having faced off on the Saturday with the former edging home 3-2 in a thrilling game.

Celtic are a team that are on top form in Scottish Football. Given the way this game eventually panned out, the retrospective answer would most likely be: "probably someone else", as Celtic ran out comfortable 2-0 winners. And you can only perform when you stay concentrated and stay calm. I have enjoyed that element of it.

"What's important is that you retain calm and focus".

We're still a way from where I would want us to be, but there's been real good signs throughout the course of the season.

"But we have to win it and if we do, we will go to the final where we will have another tough game".

It was Pedro Caixinha's first game in charge of Rangers against Celtic, and he should take defeat as a positive despite the disappointment.

"It's obviously nice to look at it on paper and see that we've won 3-2 and you've scored the victor at Hampden, but now it's all about the weekend and St Johnstone as we look to kick on again in the league".

"We could not do it".

Most of the 95 teams not in action in the preliminary round will join the draw for the first round, which is scheduled for the weekend of May 13 and 14, while the cream of the crop from the northern and central regions won't join until the second round, which is set for Queen's Birthday weekend. We did not play the way we had been preparing throughout the week.

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