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Brendan Rodgers Says Cheers at Semi-Final Draw Will Be Etched into Rangers’ Minds

Brendan Rodgers Says Cheers at Semi-Final Draw Will Be Etched into Rangers’ Minds

Brendan Rodgers believes the Rangers players will have the moment they cheered drawing Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final etched into their minds during Sunday’s hotly-anticipated clash at Hampden.

Shortly after the draw was made last month, Graeme Murty’s men could be heard cheering from their dressing room at the prospect of having another crack at their Old Firm rivals.

Rodgers responded to the story at the time by warning that the Rangers players should be “careful what they wish for”.

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And it appears, with less than 48 hours until kick-off, that Rodgers was keen to address the incident once again before the Glasgow giants go to war at the weekend.

Rodgers told the media that he wouldn’t be using the soundbite as any sort of inspiration for his players, but rather wondered if it would affect Rangers’ mindset going into the game:

“No, it is probably something etched on Rangers’ minds because this is the game that they were cheering for.

“For us we always respect every opponent we play and just get ready for the game.”

“Every manager, coach, group is different,” the ex-Liverpool boss added.

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“One of the values of this club is about humility and we respect every opponent we play, whether it is Rangers, Hibs, Aberdeen, Ross County, whoever, we always have the same respect and we just prepare for the game.”

Celtic go into Sunday’s game knowing that a victory would allow them the opportunity to retain their Scottish Cup against either Aberdeen or Motherwell in the final.

If the Hoops can go on and win the trophy, they would complete a historic double-treble for the first time in Scottish football history.

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