Dean Shiels explains how Rangers' style will be different from last meeting with Celtic

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The Scottish Premiership leaders won 2-0 in last season's Scottish League Cup semi-final.

Dean Shiels has suggested that playing positively will be the biggest difference in how Rangers play against Celtic on Sunday in comparison with the style they adopted the last time they played their bitter rivals, the Evening Times reports.

The Old Firm pair last met in the League Cup last season with the Hoops coming out on top with a comfortable 2-0 win to progress to the final. But ahead of their contest in the last four of the Scottish Cup this weekend, the Gers go into the encounter in a much more promising position, having wrapped up the Scottish Championship title and Challenge Cup in their last two games.

And Shiels explained that the influence that Mark Warburton has had since arriving at Ibrox in the summer should result in the Light Blues putting up a much more impressive display than the last time they faced the Bhoys.

"We will approach it in a positive manner, and last year we didn't do that. With this manager, that is the only way we want to play," he told the Evening Times.

"You have seen that in every game this season, we want to win every game and this one will be no different. That has been our emphasis all year, to play on the front foot and attack the opposition and score more goals than them.

"I don't think we will change that for any opposition. It was still a big game and we had to go out and do our best."

While Celtic will present a much tougher challenge than any other side that Rangers have faced so far this season, Warburton's men have undoubtedly been almost unstoppable when they have seized the initiative and taken the game to the opponents, including when they have come up against top flight teams.

And as difficult as it may be for the Gers to get onto the front foot against the Scottish Premiership leaders, attacking the game with the same intent that they have shown against the likes of Dundee and Peterhead may give them the best chance of banishing the painful memories from their last meeting with Celtic and progressing through to the final.

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