Graeme Souness explains why it will be very difficult for Rangers to beat Celtic

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Rangers legend Graeme Souness thinks it will be very difficult for them to beat Celtic on Sunday.

Rangers hero Graeme Souness has told The Telegraph that he isn't sure that Mark Warburton's men will be able to play their attractive brand of football against Celtic on Sunday.

After beating Dundee 4-0 in the last round of the Scottish Cup, Rangers were handed a huge semi-final tie with Old Firm rivals Celtic, in what will be just their second meeting since the end of the 2011/12 season.

Much has changed since that last meeting, which Celtic won last season. Rangers are now on stable footing under Mark Warburton, and have a real talented squad at their disposal, whilst Celtic have been unconvincing under Ronny Deila for much of the season.

Now, Rangers have won the Scottish Championship as well as the Petrofac Training Cup, meaning Warburton can focus all of his attention on Sunday's huge Old Firm clash.

Beating Celtic would cap off a stunning first season in charge of Rangers for Warburton, but former Gers player and manager Graeme Souness has told The Telegraph that he thinks it will be 'very difficult' for Rangers to beat Celtic this weekend.

Souness believes that Celtic won't allow Rangers to play their attractive brand of football, and Old Firm clashes tend to be physical affairs - something he is concerned about - but did add that he doesn't think it's impossible for Rangers to spring a surprise and win the game.

“It will be very difficult for Rangers to win, but not impossible," said Souness. "I just want them to make sure that, when they leave here, they have given the supporters something to shout about. The higher up you go in football, you quicker you are asking your brain to operate. That’ll be the biggest challenge. They’ll be playing in front of a big, hostile crowd, but if you’re a Rangers or a Celtic player, you have to deal with that."

"Rangers play attractive football. Will Celtic allow them to do that? It will be a real challenge for Rangers. I worked it out pretty quickly. Sometimes Rangers had easy games, but they were all pretty physical encounters. You have to be prepared for that," he added.

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