McCann says Celtic, Rangers won't prioritise Scottish Cup tie

Neil McCann says that neither Celtic or Rangers will prioritise success in the Old Firm derby in the Scottish Cup semi-finals over league fixtures.


Neil McCann has suggested on Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 7 at 10.45am, that neither Celtic or Rangers will place priority on their Scottish Cup semi-final.


Over the weekend, both Old Firm clubs eased into the last four of the competition with wins over Dundee and Greenock Morton respectively before being drawn together in the last four.


However, former Scottish international McCann feels that both Glasgow clubs will be more focused on their league fixtures as they look to claim the Premiership and Championship titles.


Celtic have dropped four points in their last two league matches to allow Aberdeen to close the gap, while Rangers are eager to secure their spot back in the top flight and currently hold an 12-point advantage over Falkirk at the second tier.


Prevailing from the showdown at Hampden Park would improve their chances of silverware this season, but McCann thinks that the contest will create more anticipation with the supporters.


McCann said: "I don't think it is absolute number-one priority, but it will be for the fans.

"Celtic have to win the league. If Celtic let Aberdeen come up and snatch it, it would be an absolute disaster. Rangers number one priority is to get out of the Championship."

The Bhoys have not won the competition since 2013, while you have to go back to 2009 for the last time that the Gers emerged victorious in the final.

The fixture is scheduled to take place either on April 16 or 17.

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