Lee Wallace keen for Rangers to put Celtic tie on back-burner and concentrate on wrapping up Scottish Championship title

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Mark Warburton's men are currently 12 points clear at the top of the table.

Lee Wallace has urged his Ranges teammates to put the upcoming Scottish Cup tie with Celtic to the back of their minds for the time-being and instead concentrate on ensuring that the Light Blues confirm their promotion to the top flight, The Scottish Sun reports.

Mark Warburton's men have been drawn against their Old Firm foes in the last four of the competition after dismantling Scottish Premiership side Dundee 4-0 at Ibrox in the quarter-final. But with over a month until the two great rivals meet at Hampden Park, Wallace has insisted that their primary concern should be wrapping up the Scottish Championship title.

"The game is a long way off yet and we have a league to try and win first. That's our primary focus," he told The Scottish Sun.

"We have some tough fixtures coming up before Celtic and we are only thinking about them just now, nothing else.

"We're in a commanding position in the league, but the manager won't let our minds drift."

With five league games between now and the time they face the Hoops in mid-April, Rangers will know that should they win all of those encounters, they will have secured the title and their return to the top table of the Scottish game.

And while that eventuality seems inevitable now given the points difference separating themselves from Falkirk and Hibernian, the possibility of getting their league position confirmed may add a little extra spice to the semi-final, as Warburton's men will go into the clash with Ronny Deila's side attempting to strike a psychological blow ready for next season when the game becomes a league fixture once again. 

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