Rivals are now facing a "completely unthinkable" scenario thanks to Celtic

By John McGinley

April 15, 2022

Chris Sutton has insisted that all the pressure is on Rangers heading into this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic.

Despite their progression into the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League last night, the Bhoys have proven they have what it takes to beat Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side home and away.

Now, at a neutral venue with a 50/50 crowd, many are again backing Ange Postecoglou’s team to get the job done.

And Sutton reckons that leaves Rangers with a “completely unthinkable” scenario in the context of their ambitions at the start of the season.

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Writing in his Daily Record column, the former striker said: “I get the fact the pressure is on Rangers. Of course it’s on them. The prospect of ending the year without any silverware would have been completely unthinkable last August.

“You only have to look at their woeful cup record in the last decade as well to see they need to get their hands on a trophy. Celtic have already stuck the Premier Sports Cup in the cabinet but they need to be greedy for even more.

“They will need that hunger on Sunday because I don’t buy the suggestion my old club only need to turn up. That’s a dangerous mindset and I’d be willing to bet it’s not part of Postecoglou’s thinking.”

The pundit is right to call for Celtic focus of course. I don’t care what anyone says, Sunday’s match is still an unpredictable encounter.

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“Celtic are in a really strong position, the pressure’s all on Rangers” | Jackie McNamara on 67HH

A team that has knocked off Borussia Dortmund, Red Star Belgrade and Braga in recent months is capable of getting a result against us.

That’s not to say Celtic aren’t favourites. I firmly believe we are. We’ve shown incredible resilience this season and you’d back us coming out of the Hampden chaos.

We really have a chance to burst their bubble yet again and take a big step towards the scenario none of them considered this time last year.

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou addresses rival’s gruelling 120 minutes with class answer.