Soccer Saturday pundit Alan McInally shares his prediction for Rangers v Celtic

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Alan McInally is backing Celtic to beat Rangers today.

Former Celtic striker and current Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday pundit Alan McInally has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Celtic will beat Rangers today - but possibly by just one goal.

In the biggest match of the Scottish football season, Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers lock horns at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup semi-final this afternoon.

This will be just the second meeting between the two teams since the end of the 2011/12 season, with Celtic beating a beleaguered Rangers side 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup last season.

Now, Rangers are revitalised under Mark Warburton, and having won two trophies already this month alone - the Scottish Championship and the Petrofac Training Cup - the Gers have some belief that they can spring a surprise and beat Celtic, despite being in the division below the Bhoys for now.

Ahead of this afternoon's clash, a host of ex-players and pundits have offered their predictions on the game, with Alan McInally the latest to do just that.

McInally, who played for Celtic as a striker, is now best known for being a pundit on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday, and has been speaking about the match to The Scottish Sun.

McInally believes that Celtic are somewhat underachieving under Ronny Deila this season, and should in fact be coasting to the Premiership title like Paris Saint-Germain do in France - but does ultimately believe that Celtic will beat Rangers, even if it's just by one goal.

"You’ve got a Celtic team who should be 15 points clear in the Premiership. They should be like PSG in France, miles in front," said McInally. "But Rangers are on a high. They have a different manager, a driven manager. Everyone thinks Celtic will have too much for Rangers, but I think it’ll be a lot closer than people think."

"For Rangers it’s a chance to put a marker down before they get into the Premiership. For Celtic it’s a chance to display a level of performance that’s higher than it’s been. I think Celtic will win it, but maybe only by a goal. They’ll have players who’ve experienced more of these games. Rangers don’t," he added.

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