Craig Beattie suggests what Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will be telling squad before Old Firm semi-final

General view of Celtic Park

Celtic face Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final this weekend, and Beattie has suggested that it could be a tough game.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Former Celtic forward Craig Beattie has suggested that Brendan Rodgers will be reminding his players that Rangers will have a new lease of life going into the Scottish Cup semi-final, the Evening Times reports.

The Hoops go into the weekend knowing that they are potentially two games away from securing a domestic treble. And given their dominance - including against Rangers - they will undoubtedly go into the contest as comfortable favourites.

The Gers have managed to secure one draw but have also suffered three defeats against their bitter rivals this term, but the upcoming semi-final will also see Pedro Caixinha get his first taste of the Old Firm rivalry from the dugout.

And Beattie has suggested that Rodgers will be reminding his players before they take to the pitch that Caixinha's appointment could mean that the previous games count for very little.

"It will be interesting how Pedro Caixinha does, because this is his first big test. But I am sure Brendan will be relaying that to the Celtic players. Making sure they know Rangers will have a new energy about them, now they are playing for a new manager and one who will be there for the foreseeable future," he said, as reported by the Evening Times.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the standsRangers manager Pedro Caixinha

It was arguably complacency that denied Celtic winning last season's semi-final as they were largely outplayed by a Rangers side that were clearly more prepared for the game, despite, of course, plying their trade in the second tier at the time.

And having been so dominant in the previous meetings between the two this term results-wise, Rodgers will surely feel that avoiding taking Rangers lightly - especially now Caixinha has come in - will be crucial to making sure they book their place in the final.

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