Celtic, Rangers in semis clash

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Arch-ri­vals Celtic and Rangers will meet in the semi­fi­nals of the Scot­tish Cup next month, with hold­ers Hiber­nian drawn against Aberdeen.

Celtic, the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons­e­lect, have al­ready beaten fel­low Glas­gow giants Rangers three times this sea­son but lost to them in an Old Firm clash at the same stage of the Scot­tish Cup last term, with the Gers then in the se­cond-tier Cham­pi­onship.

That penalty shoot-out loss, fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw, played a ma­jor part in end­ing Ron­nie Deila’s time as man­ager of the Hoops, with for­mer Liver­pool boss Bren­dan Rodgers now in charge at Park­head.

Hiber­nian, how­ever, won the Cup last sea­son and the Ed­in­burgh club will be up against an Aberdeen side who are se­cond in the Scot­tish Premier­ship.

Ed­in­burgh-based Hibs are now in the Cham­pi­onship but they have an ex­cel­lent re­cent Cup record af­ter ap­pear­ing in the semi-fi­nals in each of the past three sea­sons, with last year’s suc­cess end­ing a 114-year wait for a third Scot­tish Cup tri­umph.

Celtic had to come from be­hind to beat St Mir­ren 4-1 in the quar­ter-fi­nals on Sun­day, with Aberdeen see­ing off Partick This­tle 1-0 thanks to a Graeme Shin­nie goal at Pit­to­drie in the day’s other tie.

Hiber­nian were 3-1 win­ners over Ayr on Satur­day while Rangers thrashed Hamil­ton 6-0.

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