Former Celtic defender comments on impending Rangers tie

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy looks ahead to the Scottish Cup tie between Ibrox side Rangers and Celtic.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has told The Irish Sun that Rangers manager Mark Warburton will be relishing the match against Celtic next month.

Rangers will take on Celtic at Hampden Park in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup in April.

This will be Warburton’s first experience of the Old Firm clash as a manager, having been appointed the Gers boss in the summer.

McCarthy, who played for Celtic as a defender in the 1980s, believes that the Rangers boss will be relishing the experience.

“Celtic-Rangers games are intense, Mark will be relishing his first,” the Ipswich manager told The Irish Sun.

“Mark’s first Old Firm game will be worth waiting for and he will take it in his stride,” added McCarthy. “If my experience with Celtic is anything to go by, Scotland will be a brilliant place for him to live and work.”

Rangers are playing in the Scottish Championship at the moment, while Celtic are currently in the Scottish Premiership.

However, the Gers will give the Bhoys a run for their money and can win the Scottish Cup semi-final tie.

The Ibrox outfit have a very strong squad, and the players will be determined to showcase their quality against Celtic.

Rangers are at the top of the Scottish Championship table at the moment with 72 points from 29 matches.

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