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Mikael Lustig fires cheeky shot at Rangers ahead of Old Firm showdown

The Celtic defender admits the pressure is on his side, but says that is to be expected as they have the better players and team.

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has had a cheeky dig at Rangers ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final showdown on Sunday by claiming he always expected the pressure to be on his side as they have the better players and team than their rivals, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

The Old Firm rivals meet at Hampden Park in a clash which has been hugely anticipated by fans and neutrals alike since the last-four draw was made just under a month ago.

Though Rangers have already secured the Scottish Championship title as well as winning the Petrofac Cup at the national stadium on Sunday, Scottish Premiership leaders the Hoops are being billed largely as favourites to emerge victorious.

Lustig admitted that the Gers have form on their side more than the Bhoys, who have been criticised for less than dominating performances on occasions this season, but he insists that the comparative quality of the two sides makes it easy to see why his team are favourites.

The right-back told reporters, as quoted by the Scottish Sun: "We have the better players and the better team, so I can see why people would think that. Should we win? I think so.

"We haven't done that good this year. We know we have more, that we can play better football, absolutely. I think we have learned now the last couple of games we can still win when we don't play well and that is a positive thing.

"Right now we have not reached the top of our game but I think we're going to get there. Last year, Rangers didn't get promotion but now they have done it, so obviously they have probably had a better season. So maybe they have closed the gap."

Celtic are looking to reach the final of Scotland's premier cup competition for the first time in three years since winning the trophy in 2013, after disappointing exits in each of the last two campaigns.

However, with Mark Warburton's Rangers side a vastly different proposition to the team the Hoops beat 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup semi-final 14 months ago, the result is likely to be closer than the division gap would suggest.

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