Harry Forrester says Old Firm clash is one for Scotland to relish, not just Glasgow

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The Rangers forward believes the Scottish Cup semi-final clash against Celtic will capture the imagination of the whole country.

Rangers forward Harry Forrester has told the club's official website that the Scottish Championship leaders' Scottish Cup semi-final clash against arch-rivals Celtic will be a big occasion for the whole of Scotland.

The Old Firm rivals will face off next month for a place in May's final, with both Glasgow clubs currently sitting at the top of their respective divisions.

Forrester, who has scored in each of his last three matches after joining the Gers from Doncaster Rovers in January, insists that the fixture is one for the whole of Scotland to get excited about, not just fans of the two clubs.

The 25-year-old told the club's official website rangers.co.uk: "It was a good draw for the fans, and everyone in Scotland will be looking forward to the occasion.

"You play football to be involved in the big games like the Celtic one, and there aren’t many bigger, so we are looking forward to it and when the day comes I’m sure we will enjoy it.

"They are ferocious games, and you can see what it means to the players and the fans. It isn’t an ordinary game of football."

Before they can gear themselves up to face their rivals, however, Rangers have five Scottish Championship matches and the Challenge Cup final against Peterhead to contend with.

Mark Warburton's side are 12 points clear at the top of the second tier and look certain to return to next season's Scottish Premiership, and resume their rivalry with Celtic on a regular basis, after a four-year absence.

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