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Gers brimming with confidence ahead of duels with Celtic: Murty

Boss Graeme Murty believes Rangers are in great shape as they look forward to two crucial games against Old Firm rivals Celtic.

The Gers will hope to cut the champions' lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership to three points when they visit Ibrox on Sunday, albeit Brendan Rodgers' side have a game in hand.

The clubs were paired together in the Scottish Cup semi-final draw which followed Rangers' 4-1 home win over Championship side Falkirk on Sunday, which brought roars of approval from the home dressing room.

"They are flowing with confidence right now and they want to get into the games against Celtic," he said. "They are going to relish the challenge and I think it is a really good marker for us to look at a team that want to get into that game and want to go and mix it up."

Murty, who has drawn twice at Celtic Park as Gers boss, explained how he will manage the build-up to Sunday's game at Ibrox as they look to further reduce the Hoops' lead.

Murty said: "We are going to try and get a closed-door game so we can get some minutes into some people to make sure they are sharp enough to go.

"Then, we can start to build towards Celtic towards the end of the week. We need to also take the positive atmosphere we have running through the squad and enhance that before a big game at the weekend, as it is going to be something special hopefully."

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