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Old Firm victory can take the heat off Celtic boss Deila: Kenny Dalglish

Former Celtic striker Kenny Dalglish reckons Parkhead boss Ronny Deila is ready to grasp the opportunity presented by Sunday's Old Firm showdown with Rangers.

The Norwegian and his team took another step towards their fifth straight title with Saturday's win at Motherwell, but question marks remain over his long-term Celtic future following their stuttering campaign and Deila's disastrous European record.

However, Dalglish reckons the manager will realise he can ease some of the weight on his shoulders by beating Mark Warburton's team in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Hoops favourite said: "It's an important match for Ronny but I'm sure he won't underestimate it. He had his first taste of it last year so he knows what it's about. He knows what the club stands for and what this game means."

Rangers will end their four-year nightmare this summer after clinching promotion back to the top-flight and Dalglish - Scotland's most capped player - is pleased to see hostilities between Glasgow's big two are being renewed.

He said: "It's fantastic that we've got an Old Firm match back on the calendar. Next year there is going to be four, which I think for Scottish Football is what it is all about."

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