Ex-Rangers men react to win, including Lovenkrands and Novo

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Rangers beat Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final, and the likes of Nacho Novo and Peter Lovenkrands were thrilled.

Rangers beat Old Firm rivals Celtic on penalties on Sunday to reach the final of the Scottish Cup.

Kenny Miller fired the Gers and pre-match underdogs into a half-time lead by netting on 16 minutes, after Scott Brown struggled to clear a James Tavernier cross.

But first-half sub Erik Sviatchenko, who replaced Dedryck Boyata, grabbed an equaliser early in the second half, though extra time was needed to separate both Glasgow giants.

During the additional 30-minute period, Tom Rogic cancelled out Barrie McKay's 96th-minute stunner as the Hoops fought back once again to force a shootout, where the Australian ace missed the decisive spot-kick in sudden death.

The victory, of course, pleased a host of former Rangers men, with the likes of Peter Lovenkrands, Nacho Novo, Vladimir Weiss, Michael Ball and Nathan Oduwa celebrating the scalp on Twitter shortly afterwards.

It was a memorable win and its significance will not be lost on either set of fans. With Rangers set for a top-flight return next term, Celtic fans may be slightly apprehensive that their Old Firm rivals could seriously challenge them. On the back of this, why not?


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