John Hartson names nine players who emphasise the gap between Celtic and Rangers

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Rangers take on Celtic on Sunday - and John Hartson believes it will be simple for the Bhoys.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has told The Scottish Sun that Celtic's international players emphasise the gap between the Bhoys and Sunday's opponents Rangers.

After Rangers beat Dundee 4-0 and Celtic saw off Morton 3-0, the Scottish Cup semi-final draw pitted the two Old Firm rivals against each other in a huge at Hampden Park.

This will be only the second time that the two famous rivals have locked horns since the end of the 2011/12 season, after Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup last season.

This time though, Rangers are much improved. Mark Warburton has already won two trophies this season with the Scottish Championship title and the Petrofac Training Cup, and fans truly believe that the Gers could spring a surprise and beat the Scottish Premiership champions.

Unsurprisingly though, former Celtic striker John Hartson doesn't agree. The Welshman was a regular goalscorer against Rangers, and has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks that Celtic will simply be too strong for Rangers on Sunday.

Hartson named nine Celtic players - Craig Gordon, Charlie Mulgrew, Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths, Kieran Tierney, Erik Sviatchenko, Mikael Lustig, Nir BItton and Stefan Johansen - who show the divide between the two clubs, as they are all full internationals.

Hartson then noted that no Rangers players have played at the highest level, and thinks that could be the deciding factor in Sunday's game.

"For me, Celtic come out on top in every department," said Hartson. "Look at Craig Gordon, Charlie Mulgrew, Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths — that’s the spine of Gordon Strachan’s international team right there. Throw in Kieran Tierney and you have another Scotland player."

"But on top of that you’ve got Erik Sviatchenko of Denmark, Mikael Lustig of Sweden, Nir Bitton of Israel, Stefan Johansen of Norway. Who have Rangers got who plays at the highest level? No one — that’s who," he added.

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