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Rangers relishing Hampden duel with the Celtic, says Wallace

By Andy Newport

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace is "excited" about the challenge of facing Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Rangers were paired with their Glasgow rivals in Sunday's draw, with the match now scheduled for April 23 at noon.

Rangers are preparing to take on the runaway Ladbrokes Premiership leaders at Celtic Park this Sunday with their management situation still up in the air.

They have experienced delays in their attempts to appoint Pedro Caixinha, who is manager of Qatari club Al-Gharafa, while they have so far been unable to prise Director of Football target Ross Wilson away from Southampton.

Wallace said: "We knew whatever team we were going to face, it was going to be difficult. We're excited and are looking forward to getting back to Hampden. We know last time we were there in the Scottish Cup it was a disappointment, but we got to the final having beaten Celtic in the semi-final.

"It's a good challenge for us to look forward to. We'll get a taste of it this weekend, and we want to try and go into these games and make sure we win them and try and attempt to win the silverware these fans expect."

Rangers warmed up for the derby by thrashing Hamilton 6-0 in the Cup quarter-finals.

Wallace said: "In games that we have drawn or lost, we have created a lot of chances. If we turn these chances into goals, it is going to help us. It has been an issue and we had to get better."

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