Rangers boss Mark Warburton plans a couple of Celtic visits

Rangers boss Mark Warburton will watch Celtic in Scottish Premiership action once or twice before meeting the Bhoys in a Scottish Cup semi-final.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has revealed via the Glasgow Evening Times that he will go to a maximum of two Celtic matches before next month's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Both Old Firm enemies renew hostilites at Hampden Park on April 17 as Warburton's side look to pull off the biggest domestic scalp of them all by eliminating the Hoops en route to the final.

Bhoys boss Ronny Deila and his assistant John Collins were spotted doing some reconnaissance work in Rangers' 3-2 defeat at Falkirk last weekend.

Given that they fluffed a two-goal lead, the Celtic boys will have been pleased by what they witnessed, but Warburton claims that he will return the favour by watching the Hoops in action once or twice.

“We'll go and watch them play. We've watched a number of their games, I've seen three of their games on tape," he is quoted as saying by The Glasgow Evening Times. “We'll go and see them play at some stage and we'll have other people at their games. We'll do what we have to do.

“Ideally, I like to go and see teams in person, but you have to trust people as well. I know that if Frank or Davie go to a game, they will see the same game that I see and we'll report back with the same points. Whether it is me, Frank, Davie or Jim, it's the same.

“I'll watch the DVDs two or three times, I'll watch them live once or twice if I can, that's enough. Otherwise it is overkill.”

It will be the second Old Firm derby since Rangers were demoted to the fourth tier of Scottish football back in 2012 following liquidation.

Celtic won the last meeting 2-0 in a Scottish League Cup semi-final last season, but the Championship leaders might well put up a better fight this time.

They sit top of the Championship, 11 points clear of Falkirk, while Celtic have struggled to kill off Aberdeen in the Premiership title race, with the Dons four points adrift in second.

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