Warburton explains how Rangers are now more prepared for Celtic showdown

Mark Warburton

Rangers will face Celtic at Hampden Park next weekend.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton says the experience of Sunday’s cup final victory over Peterhead will stand his side in good stead for their showdown with Celtic next week, the Evening Times reports.

Gers lifted the Petrofac Training Cup following a 4-0 thrashing of Peterhead at Hampden Park.

The victory adds to the Scottish first division title won last week, and sets Rangers up nicely for a potential domestic treble as they entertain Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Speaking ahead of next week’s encounter, Warburton claims the experience from winning the Petrofac will help them in their preparation as they bid to follow the exact same routine.

“This weekend has really helped us in terms of the timings, the hotel, the menu, the food – all the small details which make a big difference,” the Rangers manager was quoted as saying by the Evening Times.

“The stadium, the changing rooms and so on. The boys are now familiar with the surroundings and the schedule so that is really helpful.”

Rangers will head in to their clash with Celtic as underdogs when reflecting on the quality available to both managers, yet the elation of the past week could provide a real boost for the Ibrox club.

Warburton has done a terrific job with the Glasgow giants, and they will be full of confidence this week as will the Hoops following their 2-1 win over Motherwell at the weekend.

The neutrals are in for a treat, and the game itself is expected to be much more competitive than their last outing in the League Cup semi-finals where Celtic cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory.

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