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Warburton and Deila crank up heat for epic Cup battle

By Julian Taylor

Published 16/04/2016

Ready: Mark Warburton at Hampden
Ready: Mark Warburton at Hampden

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has warned Celtic that his Ibrox men are coming to get their bitter rivals ahead of tomorrow's Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final.

In contrast, Parkhead boss Ronny Deila has bullishly predicted that if Celtic are at their best in the battle at Hampden Park, then Rangers will have no chance.

The Hoops won 2-0 in last season's League Cup semi-final meeting between the two Glasgow giants - the only Old Firm clash in the last four years after Rangers were put down to the lowest tier of the Scottish game following financial meltdown.

The teams will lock horns in the Premiership again next season after Rangers completed their rise to the top and Warburton is determined to make the club a force once again.

"We won't close it (the gap with Celtic) completely, but what we have to do over the summer is recruit well, keep moving forward and hopefully close the gap," said Warburton.

Deila has been under fire for most of the season, with a lack of success in Europe, struggles in previous cup competitions and the failure to produce entertaining football irritating fans.

The Norwegian boss, however, points to his record as evidence that he is delivering.

"We are the best team in the country and at our best we can beat anyone. That's something we can be proud of," said Deila.

Belfast Telegraph

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