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Celtic legend gives verdict on Rangers' chances of Old Firm victory

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas says he would be amazed if Rangers beat Celtic in next Sunday’s Scottish League Cup semi-final

Former Celtic forward Charlie Nicholas told Morning View on Sky Sports News HQ that he would be shocked if Rangers can upset the Bhoys in the League Cup semi-final next weekend.

The 53-year-old Sky Sports panellist was in no doubt that the game would be huge for both teams, so unlike the Premier League giant killings in the FA Cup over the past weekend, the pressure would be on both teams to perform.

‘’There could be an upset. I’d be amazed if it did happen although after this weekend I shouldn’t be,’’ said Nicholas.

‘’It’s different in Glasgow where the pressure will be on both sides. Rangers are trying to get back to the higher heights of where they should be in Scottish football. They are a league below Celtic and their quality is a lot less than Celtic’s. Celtic’s financial muscle has moved on, although Celtic’s team has not moved on.

‘’Celtic have all the muscle and the best quality so they should go and win this but the pressure is on because Rangers fans will be there demanding they put in a real good fight.’’

The game between the two sides will be the first Old Firm clash since April 2012 and both sets of supporters will be eager to see their team to do the business on the day, even if Celtic are heavy favourites.

The game is likely to be put under the microscope from supporters all around Great Britain and Europe, as Rangers will no doubt do everything in their power in order to pull off an historical upset.

Both teams go into the game with a 100% record in 2015, with Celtic recording wins over Ross County, Motherwell, Hamilton and Kilmarnock, while Rangers beat Alloa and Dumbarton in order to keep pace with Hearts in the Scottish Championship.

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