Ian Durrant suggests two factors that could decide Rangers v Celtic

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Mark Warburton’s Glasgow Rangers will face Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish League Cup this weekend.

Rangers first team coach Ian Durrant

Ian Durrant has suggested to The Express that luck and the first goal will be key factors in deciding the outcome of this weekend’s game between Rangers and Celtic.

Rangers and Old Firm rivals Celtic will face each other in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon.

Brendan Rodgers’s side will head into the match as favourites and will be confident of progressing to the final of the prestigious cup competition.

Former Rangers and Kilmarnock midfielder Durrant believes that luck and the first goal will be key in deciding which team win the match.

Celtic's Scott Sinclair in action with Rangers' Wes FoderinghamCeltic's Scott Sinclair in action with Rangers' Wes Foderingham

“A lot depends on luck, and if you get the first goal you’ve got a chance,” Durrant told The Express. “Rangers will have great backing at Hampden and this is the time to stand up.

“I don’t think the semi-final will have a great bearing on the league but it will put down a marker to show if they can compete with Celtic.”

Celtic's Moussa Dembele in action with Rangers' Philippe SenderosCeltic's Moussa Dembele in action with Rangers' Philippe Senderos

The first goal will certainly be important, especially if Celtic get it. The Bhoys have a better team and a better attacking unit than Rangers do, and them scoring the first goal could make it very tough for the Gers to win the match.

The timing of the first goal is also going to important. An early goal for Rangers is certainly going to be a massive boost to the confidence of Mark Warburton’s players.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton and Celtic manager Brendan RodgersRangers manager Mark Warburton and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

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