Rangers forward Michael O'Halloran admits his frustration over being cup-tied for Old Firm semi-final with Celtic

The 25-year-old will not be able to help Mark Warburton's men try and reach the Scottish Cup final.

Michael O'Halloran has admitted to Rangersofficial website that it is frustrating for him that he will not be able to help the club as they try to book their place in the Scottish Cup final by overcoming Celtic in the last four of the competition.

The 25-year-old is cup-tied having already played in the competition for former club St Johnstone this season. And while he insisted that he was delighted to watch the Scottish Championship leaders dismantle Dundee in the quarter-final, he conceded that the draw for the next round has left him even more disappointed that he has to miss out.

"It was just so pleasing to get into the semi-finals and hopefully we can push on and get to the final," he told the club's official website.

"It's frustrating for myself because it is kind of stop start but I'm cup-tied and I can't do anything about it.

"I was disappointed too when I saw the draw but I can't do anything about it and I will be there to support the boys and that is all I can do."

While the forward is disappointed by the fact that he will be forced to sit out the clash against the Gers' Old Firm rivals, it seems more than likely that it will not be too long before he does get a taste of what it is like to play in a match between the pair. 

The Light Blues are 12 points clear at the top of the second tier, so are closing in on their return to the Scottish Premiership where they will be looking to get back to a level where they can begin to challenge Ronny Deila's side for the title.

And while the cup tie between the pair in mid-April is unlikely to provide too many indications of what the Hoops can expect next season, should Rangers confirm what seems inevitable by securing promotion, it will allow one of the teams to strike a psychological blow ready for when the two meet in the league next season. 

And if the Gers are the ones who come out on top at Hampden Park, the psychological blow may be greater considering their underdog status, and the fact that they will have players like O'Halloran to come back into the team the next time they meet. 

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