Mikael Lustig warns Celtic team-mates about Rangers

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Mikael Lustig says he hasn't watched Rangers in the Scottish Championship, but warns Celtic team-mates ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Quoted by The Scotsman, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has admitted that he has not watched a single Rangers match in full this season.

The Hoops are preparing for an Old Firm clash with their Glasgow rivals on Sunday as both sides gear up for a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park - only the second meeting between both sides since 2012.

For the Gers - who will be in the Scottish Premiership next season, having won promotion last week - it is a chance to show just far they have come since they were rocked by a financial meltdown four years ago.

Celtic snatched the bragging rights last time around with a League Cup semi-final win 14 months ago for what is Lustig's only Old Firm experience, but the Swedish right-back expects a much tougher game this time around.

“I haven’t seen much of them [Rangers], I’ve not watched a full game,” he said, via The Scotsman.

“You see bits of them on Sky Sports. This year they won promotion and they didn’t last year so you would think it will be a tougher game this time.”

 

Lustig is right in his assessment. Rangers, now managed by Mark Warburton, are a different animal from last year - and their four defeats from 43 games in all competitions this season proves it. Celtic are big favourites, but few would be surprised to see Rangers progress into the final.

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