Bitterness won’t help Rangers against Celtic, insists Murdo MacLeod

The two sides meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final this weekend.

Rangers' bitterness over their demotion to the lowest tier of Scottish football will not help against Celtic, Murdo MacLeod has insisted to the Daily Mail.

The two sides meet in the Old Firm derby this weekend, as they contest a Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Gers are keen to exact revenge on their old rivals following their 2-0 exit at their hands in last season’s Scottish League Cup semi-final.

Aside from that, former manager Walter Smith suggested this week that their bitterness over their demotion to the third division should act as another motivational tool in the game.

MacLeod though, insists that such bitterness will only have an adverse effect upon their performance.

“I just think it’s in the past,” he told the Daily Mail.

“What happened for Rangers four years ago was a lowlight and there is no point dwelling on it — they have got to move on.”

“Don’t use it as a weapon to play better — because it won’t make you play better. It might have the other effect. Everyone has to move on now and get on with it.”

This weekends derby is certainly likely to be an interesting one for Rangers, and arguably more important to them than it is to Celtic.

With the Ibrox side’s promotion to the Scottish Premiership now confirmed, there has already been talk of challenging the Hoops for the title next season.

If they are to do that though, they will need to catch up to their old rivals first, and this weekend’s game could be the perfect opportunity to discover how far they have to go.

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