Mark Warburton claims he was scouting a player when Gers were drawn against Celtic

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton has revealed what he was doing when his side were drawn against Celtic.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has been quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that he was on his way back from scouting a player when the Gers were draw against Celtic in the Scottish Cup.

Warburton led his side to a thumping 4-0 win over Dundee in the Scottish Cup on Saturday afternoon, as Harry Forrester, Jason Holt, Andy Halliday and Lee Wallace all found the back of the net.

Just 24 hours later, the draw for the semi-finals was made - and as luck would have it, Rangers were drawn against their Old Firm rivals Celtic at Hampden Park.

The two sides have met just once since the summer of 2012, as Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup last season, as the Gers failed to really turn up.

This time though, the two teams are in very different places. Celtic have been struggling under Ronny Deila, and really can't afford to lose against Rangers, whilst Warburton's men are full of confidence, have lost just two league games all season, are heading towards promotion and have little to lose in next month's game.

Glasgow is buzzing with the prospect of Rangers taking on Celtic, and manager Mark Warburton has been discussing the match, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Warburton revealed that he had been scouting a potential new signing in Belfast and was on his way back when Rangers were drawn against Celtic - and acknowledged just how important the match will be.

"I was at Belfast Airport, I had been to see a player," said Warburton. "I heard the draw and turned my phone off to get on a 30-minute flight and I had 27 missed calls by the time I landed. That gives you a clue as to what it is.

"It’s a fantastic draw and it is a challenge to test ourselves. It’s a game at the national stadium and there will be a 50,000 sell-out and we look forward to it. There is no doubt we will go into the game well prepared and ready for the challenge but, between now and then, we have some very important league games and the week before we have the Petrofac Cup Final," he added.

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