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Rodgers Ready for Any Challenge from Rangers in Scottish Cup Semifinals

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers may be disappointed to see his team drop significantly from the lofty standards that they have set throughout the season.

Celtic have been going through a mediocre run of form ever since winning the Scottish Premier league title. However, the team will have to wake up soon, as they will be facing Rangers in the Scottish semifinals. This will be a key match for the team despite their success in the league title, as the old firm derby always has a huge significance in Scotland. Since Pedro Caixinha came to Rangers a few weeks, the team has been unbeaten in all competitions.

In his first match in charge of Rangers, Pedro Caixinha managed a 1-1 draw with Celtic. Hence, this duel is expected to be a tight contest with both teams fighting for a place in the final. Rodgers says that he is ready for any kind of challenge that may come from the Portuguese manager. Celtic do have the advantage of playing at Celtic Park, but this will count less than the club’s recent form.

Draws against the likes of Partick Thistle and Ross County in the last few weeks have shaken the confidence of the club. Scott Sinclair remains a player to watch, as he has been in fine goalscoring form over the last few weeks.

“Rangers look as if they go more direct at times now. I noticed, for example, that Martyn Waghorn is taking long throws into the box. Pedro has come in and has his own ideas, ways of working and he wants to set them up in a slightly different way. They still look to play, they’re still open but they look a little more pragmatic and not maybe so keen to play short or pass it – they’re happy to go longer,” said Rodgers.