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Darren O'Dea predicts that Rangers will play defensively against Celtic

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Ronny Deila's Celtic side are due to meet Mark Warburton's Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Darren O’Dea has told Deadline News that he would be amazed if Rangers continue to adopt an attacking approach when they take on Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Rangers and Celtic were drawn against each other in the cup competition, with the match set to take place in April.

So far this season, the Light Blues have shown a great willingness to get forward, with Mark Warburton giving his full-backs licence to join the attack.

However, former Celtic defender O’Dea, believes that the Gers’ approach will be far more defensive when they take on their rivals.

“Rangers were very good and they have arguably the two best full-backs in the country at the minute,” he said. "They were fantastic; very, very good players.

“They’re a very, very attacking team but I would be amazed if they go that way against Celtic.

“I’ll be very interested to see who the dominant team is on the day. I fully expect Celtic to be and they should be.

“But Rangers are a team that have a certain way of playing and they don’t really change that, so it will be very, very interesting.”

O’Dea is currently at Dundee, and he had a taste of playing against Rangers last weekend.

Rangers won that match 4-0, but the old-firm derby is likely to be a much closer contest.

The pressure is on for Celtic, who will go into the match as favourites.

The Bhoys have failed to look convincing in recent weeks, and if Rangers could pull off an upset, Ronny Deila’s position as Celtic’s manager would be under serious threat.

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