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Deila looking to avoid Old Firm upset as Celtic renew Rangers rivalry

Ronny Deila knows Celtic are favourites to beat Rangers this weekend, but is wary of a potential upset.

Celtic finally get the chance to face Rangers again this weekend, with the Glasgow rivals facing off at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon in the League Cup semi-final.

The two teams haven't met in the Old Firm derby for almost three years, with Rangers' insolvency in 2012 meaning they've been in the lower reaches of the Scottish football pyramid.

The last meeting between the two sides finished in a comfortable 3-0 home win for Celtic, with goals from Charlie Mulgrew, Kris Commons and Gary Hooper handing then-manager Neil Lennon a landslide victory.

Now though, Lennon has gone, and it's Ronny Deila in charge of the Bhoys - and whilst he has Celtic sitting top of the Scottish Premiership, his first season hasn't been a breeze, with some unconvincing victories; notably last weekend's 1-0 win over Ross County.

Deila has the chance to give Celtic fans what they want this weekend though, with supporters hoping to claim bragging rights over their rivals again - and after a number of shocks in the FA Cup last weekend, Deila knows that Celtic have to be on top of their game this weekend if they are to beat their rivals, as he told the Celtic official website today.

"I won’t say we are strong favourites but we are favourites. That's the same for every game we play in Scotland but we know that they have beaten teams in the top division before they reached the semi-final," said Deila.

"And they know what it’s all about as they have played big matches, so it’s one game, and you can see from the FA Cup in England that nothing is straightforward, so it’s going to be a tough game. However, I know that when we’re on top, getting a good performance, then we have a very good chance to win," added the Norwegian.

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