McCoist, Boyd & Van Dijk react to Celtic v Rangers League Cup draw

The Old Firm rivals will meet in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

It is all of three months away - but Celtic's League Cup semi-final clash against Rangers will be sure to dominate the talk of Scottish football from now until the full-time whistle.

For the fierce rivals haven't met since 2012 and, ever since the draw was confirmed on Saturday afternoon, all anyone associated with either club has really been able to think about is the upcoming Old Firm clash.

And it is no surprise, then, to see quotes from managers and players already filling the airwaves.

We start with Gers boss Ally McCoist, who has called for calm...

"Common sense has to play its part in all of this. I believe there has been a frenzy for this fixture in some quarters. I understand that, I get it," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "But from a sanity point of view we are talking about a game that’s still three months away.

"It’s the first Old Firm game in almost three years and I hope all the fans can come along and enjoy. But let’s remember we have a duty and a responsibility here."

Rangers forward Kris Boyd, however, has taken a different approach, instead choosing to respond to John Guidetti's claims that any opposition Celtic face in the cup semi are 'going down.'

"Good for John Guidetti," Boyd is also quoted as saying by the Daily Mail, "but that’s someone speaking who has never played in an Old Firm game before and who doesn’t know what he’s in for.

"I don’t think it makes sense for anyone to stand up and say they’re going to steamroller teams, or do this or that, or such-and-such is going down. Until you’ve played in that Old Firm fixture you don’t know what it takes and anyone can win those games on the day."

And Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk agrees with Boyd - to an extent. He admits his expectations of a Celtic v Rangers clash are that it is 'even more special' than a Champions League night.

“I have heard a lot of stories about the game,” Van Dijk is quoted as saying by the Scotsman on Sunday. “It is something very special – even more special than the Champions League nights. So it is going to be amazing.

“I’ve heard the whole stadium goes mental. It’s going to be a little bit different with the game at Hampden and the same number of fans for both teams, but it will still be crazy."

Well, you've heard all the talk. Now just three months to wait until kick-off...

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