Mark Warburton looking forward to Celtic clash

Rangers FC

The ex-Brentford manager is relishing being paired with Celtic in the Scottish Cup.

Mark Warburton has told Rangers' official website that he is looking forward to next month's Scottish Cup semi-final tie with Celtic, but stressed that promotion was the primary objective.

Both Glasgow giants are set to renew hostilities for the first time in 13 months - and just the second time since Rangers were demoted in 2012 - after being paired together in the last four of the competition yesterday.

Hampden Park will play host on either April 16 or 17 for what promises to be a massive clash between the bitter enemies - potentially the first of regular meetings once again over the coming years.

Warburton's troops look almost certain to win automatic promotion back into Scotland's top flight this season, with Gers comfortably 12 points clear at the summit.

And the ex-Brentford boss stresses that he is not looking past Greenock Morton on Friday night after being asked for his thoughts on the Celtic clash.

“I understand fully that it is a good draw for the fans, and all the teams left in the competition were good, high-calibre teams, and whoever we drew was going to be a tough challenge," he told the official website. “Right now though, our only focus is Friday night and Morton, and that won’t change.

"Yes, it’s a game to look forward to, absolutely, but our priority has to be the League campaign. The biggest game right now, is Morton, and the biggest game after that will be the next league game.

“It’s not going to be a ‘massive build-up’ either in the camp – it’s going to be all about our league campaign, and when the game comes around, then we can focus on it at the right time."

Celtic won the last meeting 2-0 last year to reach the Scottish League Cup final, which they ended up winning, and Ronny Deila will be confident of lifting the Scottish Cup trophy if they successfully negotiate the latest tie with Rangers.

Despite being a Championship side, Warburton and co arguably pose most threat to the Bhoys after they thumped Dundee - who sit fifth in the SPL - 4-0 in Saturday's quarter-final.

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