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Rangers hold Firm as Celtic buckle in Scottish Cup semi-final

Rangers 2-2 Celtic (Rangers win 5-4 on penalties)

By Ronnie Esplin

Published 18/04/2016

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: A general view during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: A general view during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers is tackled by Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers fans wave flags during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers scores the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers scores the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Kenny Miller scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' fans during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Celtic fans sing ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Singer Rod Stewart looks on during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers Chairman Dave King looks on during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Celtic fans let off a flare during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers puts pressure on Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: The Celtic team huddle ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers holds off the challenge of Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers puts pressure on Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay of Rangers holds off pressure from Stefan Johansen of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers holds off pressure from Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton (right) and Celtic manager Ronny Deila during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko (right) scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers vies with Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers manager Mark Warburton reacts during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers vies with Leigh Griffiths of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Scott Brown of Celtic receives medical attention during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Celtic's Scott Brown gets treatment on the sideline during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers is tackled by Nir Bitton of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Stefan Johansen of Celtic holds off pressure from Andrew Halliday of Rangers during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Stefan Johansen of Celtic holds off pressure from Andrew Halliday of Rangers during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers is tackled by Nir Bitton of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Scott Brown of Celtic clears the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Dean Sheils of Rangers goes down under pressure during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko tackles Rangers' Dean Shiels (right) during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's manager Ronny Deila during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko tackles Rangers' Dean Shiels during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Patrick Roberts reacts after a missed shot during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Patrick Roberts reacts after a missed shot during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Patrick Roberts of Celtic reacts after missing a chance during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Patrick Roberts of Celtic reacts after missing a chance during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Patrick Roberts of Celtic reacts after missing a chance during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Dean Shiels and Celtic's Kieran Tierney battle for the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Kenny Miller and Celtic's Scott Brown (left) battle for the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Nir Bitton of Celtic holds off pressure from Kenny Miller of Rangers during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Kenny Miller celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Celtic fans let off a flare during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Celtic' Scott Brown during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Dedryck Boyata (left) and Rangers' Jason Holt (right) battle for the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers fans wave flags ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Wes Foderingham (right) and Martyn Waghorn celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Nicky Law scores the winning penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' manger Mark Warburton celebrates victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' James Tavernier misses a penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Callum McGregor reacts to a missed penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' manager Mark Warburton during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Tom Rogic (hidden) scores his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Tom Rogic (not pictured) scores his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic manager Ronny Deila during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay scores his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic manager Ronny Deila during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay of Rangers celebrates team-mate James Tavernier after scoring their second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Rangers' Wes Foderingham makes a save at the feet of Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (right) during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (R) of Rangers celebrates with his team-mates after he scoring their second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Barrie McKay (L) of Rangers celebrates with team-mate James Tavernier after scoring their second goalduring the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' Barrie McKay celebrates scoring his sides second goal with team mates during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay (not pictured) scores his sides second goal past Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay (second right)scores his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay (right) celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko scores his sides opening goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Barrie McKay (right) celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths heads the ball during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' Lee Wallace holds his face during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Leigh Griffiths reacts during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Scott Brown during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviatchenko of Celtic scores during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
Celtic and Rangers' fans during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic scores their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Erik Sviachenko of Celtic celebrates after scoring their first goal during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' players mob goalkeeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebtate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebtate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
Rangers' goal keeper Wes Foderingham as he celebrates with team mates after their victory during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers' goal keeper Wes Foderingham as he celebrates with team mates after their victory during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Dominic Ball and Rob Kiernan of Rangers celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Martyn Waghorn of Rangers celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty IMages)
Rangers' goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and manager Mark Warburton celebrate after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Celtic's Tom Rogic misses his penalty during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Rangers players celebrate after beating Celtic in a penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Rangers goal keeper Wes Foderingham celebrates victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' players mob goal keeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers celebrate winning the penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers' players mob goal keeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Rangers celebrate winning the penalty shoot out during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: James Tavernier of Rangers celebrates after winning the penalty shoot out during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty)
Rangers' players mob goal keeper Wes Foderingham as they celebrate victory after the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Rangers. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Rangers won through to the William Hill Scottish Cup final with a 5-4 sudden-death penalty shoot-out victory over Celtic at a breathless Hampden Park.

Former Celtic striker Kenny Miller opened the scoring for the Light Blues in the 16th minute of a first half bossed by the Championship winners.

Hoops substitute Erik Sviatchenko levelled with a header five minutes after the break - his first for the Parkhead club since arriving from FC Midtjylland in January.

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Gers winger Barrie McKay fired in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards in the sixth minute of extra time, but that was cancelled out by substitute Tom Rogic 10 minutes later before the drama of penalties arrived.

Rogic was the seventh penalty-taker, but blazed his effort over the bar to the delight of the Gers support.

Andy Halliday, McKay, Lee Wallace and substitutes Gedion Zelalem and Nicky Law scored their penalties, while James Tavernier fired his over and substitute Nicky Clark had his saved by Craig Gordon.

For Celtic, Charlie Mulgrew, Nir Bitton, Leigh Griffiths and Mikael Lustig scored, with substitute Callum McGregor hitting the bar and Wes Foderingham saving from skipper Scott Brown.

Mark Warburton's men will play Hibernian in the May 21 final after their fellow Championship side won their penalty shoot-out against Dundee United on Saturday.

Ronny Deila's Celts had comfortably beaten their traditional rivals 2-0 in the League Cup semi-final last year, and this defeat will pile more pressure on the Norwegian despite Celtic sitting in a strong position at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership and on their way to a fifth straight crown.

The consensus was that all the pressure was on the Premiership leaders, not least because of the greater depth and quality of squad Deila has at his disposal.

Sviatchenko could only find a place on the bench after recovering from a thigh injury, with Mulgrew remaining in central defence alongside Dedryck Boyata.

With Michael O'Halloran and Billy King cup-tied, Harry Forrester injured and Martyn Waghorn not ready to return from injury, Warburton's squad was stretched to its limit with Northern Ireland international midfielder Dean Shiels handed a rare start and only five substitutes named.

Rangers stormed out the traps, taking Celtic by surprise.

Gordon pulled off a great save from Miller before the Parkhead men came back, with skipper Brown drilling wide of the target from 16 yards.

An angled drive from Celtic's top scorer Griffiths fizzed past the far post before the Light Blues opened the scoring.

Halliday's pass towards the box was deflected by Brown into the path of Miller, who swivelled and knocked the ball low past Gordon to send one half of the stadium into raptures.

Deila brought on Sviatchenko for Boyata in the 25th minute and the Dane was booked five minutes later for a foul on Shiels.

Celtic, however, should have levelled in the 33rd minute when Griffiths' low drive from the edge of the box beat Foderingham before rebounding off the post into the path of Patrick Roberts but, with goal wide open, the on-loan winger somehow hit the side-netting.

Rangers finished the half in control and the interval whistle brought a crescendo of boos from the green and white fans.

Celtic came back out fired up. Griffiths stung the hands of Foderingham with a free-kick early in the second half as the Hoops forced a series of corners, one of which Sviatchenko powered high into the net.

Griffiths fired two efforts over the bar before extra time.

Celtic looked slightly the stronger but in the 96th minute the blue half of Hampden erupted when, after Rangers took a disputed throw-in, McKay picked up the ball, turned and fired high past Gordon from 25 yards.

But the drama was far from over.

Rogic, on in the 84th minute for Stefan Johansen, swept in a Tierney cut-back to level at the start of the second period of extra time.

Foderinghan made saves from Rogic and McGregor, on for Gary Mackay-Steven.

Griffiths cracked the bar with a 25-yard free-kick in the penultimate minute but, penalties would decide it.

Belfast Telegraph

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