Scottish Cup: Will Celtic or Rangers win the Old Firm final at Hampden? | football news

Celtic and Rangers are set to battle for Scotland’s final silverware this season when the Old Firm rivals meet in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.

Both teams have already won a trophy this season, but who will end their campaign with a double?

Celtic are riding high after retaining the Premiership title, while Rangers lifted the League Cup in December after the Hoops’ defense ended their first tie with defeat at Kilmarnock.

It will be the first time the Old Firm rivals have met in the Scottish Cup final since 2002, when Peter Lovenkrands scored in the 90th minute to secure a 3-2 victory for Rangers.

The Old Firm’s last tie in the competition was last season, when Celtic beat their rivals 1-0 in the semi-finals on their way to a domestic treble.

This season’s matches

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Highlights from the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers

If Rangers are to lift the Scottish Cup, they will have to find a way to beat Celtic for the first time this season.

Kyogo Furuhashi’s stunning goal earned Celtic a 1-0 win at Ibrox in the first Old Firm match this season after Rangers had two early goals disallowed.

The Hoops then recorded a 2-1 win in December to end Philippe Clement’s unbeaten start as Rangers manager, with Leon Balogun sent off.

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Rangers and Celtic shared six goals in an epic match at Ibrox

It was an epic clash at Ibrox in March, when Rabbi Matondo gave the Gers a 3-3 draw after Celtic had taken a 2-0 lead before half-time.

In the last Premiership match earlier this month, Celtic all but clinched the title with a 2-1 win.

Celtic have only suffered one defeat against their Glasgow rivals in the previous 11 derbies – a defeat at Ibrox League after last season’s title was already secured.

What did the managers say?

Brendan Rodgers He has never lost at Hampden Park as Celtic manager and his record against Rangers is equally impressive with 13 wins and just one defeat in 17 games.

But despite the Hoops’ current dominance over their rivals, Rodgers insists they will not go to the national stadium thinking the trophy is already theirs.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists his players will not become complacent in Saturday’s Old Firm Scottish Cup final despite a strong record against their rivals.

“You can never have that arrogance,” he said. “It’s not about how we work. We have humility in how we work. We respect every opponent we face, whether it’s Rangers or Raith, or whoever. We have to prepare for the game.

“We came into the game in ideal conditions, I don’t think there is any doubt that we have been on fire the last few months.

“There were a lot of challenges at the beginning of the season, playing every three or four days when really important players were missing.

“But as the season progressed and the pressure moments came, the players have been absolutely excellent in how they dealt with that. So we came in having won the league in a very, very good way, playing well. So we came to this “in very good condition.”

Philippe Clemente is ready to take risks with his injury-hit Rangers team as they look for their first win against Celtic to finish the season on a high.

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Rangers manager Philippe Clement insists his players will give their all to try to finish the season with a victory in the Scottish Cup final against Celtic.

“This is the last game, the decisive game, so maybe we have to take some risks with players that we normally don’t take,” he said.

“So I don’t want to get into which player is ready or not, or who can start or not.

“It’s always more than a trophy in this country between the two clubs.

“Of course you want better preparation. The last six or eight weeks have been difficult, with players leaving and returning but without rhythm.”

“Now it’s about this moment, about 90 minutes, 120 minutes of penalties, to give everything with everyone who is available.

“I think some players want to go out on crutches. I can’t allow it, of course, but we are going to work hard with the team, with all the energy that is available in the building.

“We have to focus on this moment, seize the moment. All the players want to play this game. All of them.”

McGregor: “That’s why you play football”

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McGregor insists all players should be excited about a Scottish Cup final as Celtic look to beat Rangers and finish the season with a double.

Celtic captain Callum McGregor: “It’s a great masterpiece of Scottish football and it’s brilliant to be involved as a player, this is what you want to do. That’s why you play football.

“If this doesn’t excite you, you’re probably in the wrong sport.

“We know what cup finals are like, we know what these derbies are like and if you don’t show up that day, it will be very difficult to get a result.

“We understand what we have to bring to the game. Both teams will know each other reasonably well.

“It all comes down to what the players are willing to give, who shows up that day and who maybe has a little bit of luck to get over the line.”

Tavernier: We need an additional 15 percent

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Tavernier believes Rangers can find a way to beat Celtic for the first time this season and lift the Scottish Cup.

Forest ranger captain James Tavernier: “We have to give a performance for the fans and obviously we have to get the support of the fans, but above all that depends on us and the level of performance.

“We fell short in some games this season. We have the Viaplay Cup, we lost in the league, but we have a chance to get another trophy, so we will do everything we can to achieve it.

“Obviously we need that extra 10/15 per cent of management during games and the key is to take advantage of our moments to give ourselves the best possible chance of achieving what we want to achieve.

“In the previous games (against Celtic), if certain moments were taken advantage of, the results would be different.

“I can talk all I want, but obviously we have to talk on the field.

“We will enjoy the moment, we have prepared the best we can this week and we can only talk on the field.”

When is the kickoff?

It's 3:00 pm in Hampden Park.
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It’s 3:00 pm in Hampden Park.

The match will take on the FA Cup final between Man City and Man Utd with both kicking off at 3pm.

Until last year, the FA Cup final started at 5.15pm every year since 2011.

That decision led to the Scottish FA moving Hampden’s main match to 5.30pm, sparking outrage from Celtic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle fans.

So, with the governing body keen to avoid another backlash and Police Scotland reluctant to allow an Old Firm match to start later, it has been decided that a direct clash north and south of the border is the best option.

match officials

Referee Nick Walsh did not award a penalty on the field, a decision supported by VAR
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Referee Nick Walsh to referee Scottish Cup final

Nick Walsh will be the referee in charge at Hampden Park on Saturday.

It will be the second time he has taken charge of a clash against the Old Firm this season, having been the center man in Celtic’s 2-1 win in December. He also coached Celtic’s Viaplay Cup final victory against Rangers last season.

AR1: Calum Spence

AR2: David Roome

Fourth referee: Steven McLean

VAR: John Beatón

AVAR: David McGeachie

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