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Don't under-estimate Rangers, Ronny warned

By Andy Newport

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has told Celtic counterpart Ronny Deila it would be dangerous to write off the Ibrox men.

The Old Firm rivals both go into the hat for today's League Cup semi-final draw, raising the prospect of a first Glasgow derby since the Light Blues were liquidated in the summer of 2012.

McCoist has already admitted he would take "anyone but Celtic" as he looks to steer Scottish Championship side Rangers to their first major final under his management.

But he stressed Deila was wrong on Thursday to suggest Rangers are weaker than Premiership outfits Aberdeen and Dundee United, the other teams through to the last four.

The Hoops boss claimed the "best teams are in the top division", but McCoist said: "Ronny is entitled to his opinion and maybe it makes sense because we are the only team from outside the top division. I can understand where he is coming from. In most cases you would think a team from a lower division that is left in a competition with three teams from the league above is the weaker side.

"Ronny would be 100 per cent right in his beliefs if it was a normal playing field. But I don't think anyone can argue that in recent years, Scottish football has been anything but a normal playing field. We have got three of the top five clubs in the country playing in the division below the top flight."

Rangers, who return to Dunbarton today for a third round Scottish Cup tie, just a week after beating them 3-0 in the league, have knocked out top-flight opposition, Inverness and St Johnston, on their way to the semi-finals.

Scottish Cup: Dumbarton v Rangers, The Bet Butler Stadium , Today, 3pm

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