Murdo MacLeod claims gap between Celtic and Rangers has increased since last meeting

Dunfermline Legends' manager David Moyes (R) with Celtic Legends' manager Murdo MacLeod (L) before the game

Celtic take on Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at the weekend.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with Rangers manager Mark Warburton before the gameCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers with Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Murdo MacLeod has claimed that the gap between Rangers and Celtic has actually increased since the pair met in the Scottish Premiership last month, The Scottish Sun reports.

The two sides meet in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park at the weekend. And while the Gers came out on top the last time the Old Firm met at the national stadium, the Hoops surely have all of the momentum following their 5-1 win in September.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele scores their second goalCeltic's Moussa Dembele scoring against Rangers

However, Mark Warburton's men will go into the game with some confidence having claimed victories in their last two fixtures.

Nevertheless, Bhoys hero MacLeod only sees one winner from the upcoming showdown, and insisted that the Light Blues face an even tougher task this time around than they did ahead of their Scottish Premiership meeting.

"On current form, you can't see anything other than a Celtic win," he said, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

Dunfermline Legends' manager David Moyes (R) with Celtic Legends' manager Murdo MacLeod (L) before the gameMurdo MacLeod (L) with David Moyes

"The 5-1 game was a convincing victory, but the Manchester City game has taken them further away from Rangers, I think.

"The pace they showed that night took them up a level again.

"Of course, you have to go out and do it on the day and show you are the better side. They definitely did that in the last meeting."

Brendan Rodgers celebratesBrendan Rodgers celebrates

While Celtic will, rightfully, go into the game as favourites - they have won their last three league games and drew with Manchester City in the Champions League - it is perhaps a surprise that MacLeod feels that the gap has increased since the last Old Firm clash.

Rangers may not have played their best football in recent games, but they have shown an ability to find a way to win that many questioned whether they had. 

And with the pain of their previous meeting still fresh in their mind, they will surely be determined to make sure they give a better account of themselves in the semi-final.

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