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Wallace excited for old firm

By March 8, 2017No Comments

Rangers skipper Lee Wallace is “excited” about the challenge of facing Celtic in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Rangers were paired with their Glasgow rivals in Sunday’s draw, with the match now scheduled for April 23 at noon.

Rangers are preparing to take on the runaway Ladbrokes Premiership leaders at Celtic Park this Sunday with their management situation still up in the air.

They have experienced delays in their attempts to appoint first-choice candidate Pedro Caixinha, who is manager of Qatari club Al-Gharafa, while they have so far been unable to prise director of football target Ross Wilson away from his post at Southampton.

But Wallace is adamant that they have plenty to look forward to, with another tie against Celtic nothing to fear.

The left-back told Rangers TV: “We knew whatever team we were going to face, it was going to be a difficult draw. We’re excited about it and we are looking forward to getting back to Hampden.

“We know last time we were there in the Scottish Cup it was a disappointment, but we got to the final having beaten Celtic in the semi-final previously.

“It’s a good challenge for us that we can look forward to. We’ll get a taste of it this weekend, and we want to try and go into these games and make sure we win them and try and attempt to win the silverware that these fans expect.”

Rangers warmed up well for the derby by thrashing Hamilton 6-0 in the cup quarter-finals and Wallace felt the victory was a major step forward.

The Ibrox club’s 37-goal haul in the Premiership is roughly half of Celtic’s total and is 13 down on Aberdeen and nine down on Hearts.

Wallace said: “We were better in both boxes – both in defending instances and in taking our chances.

“In games that we have drawn or even lost, we have actually created a lot of chances that could have swung the game, so it was nice to put away a number of them at the weekend in scoring six, and then scoring three last midweek, albeit we conceded two.

“If we do turn these chances into goals, then it is certainly going to help us.

“It has been an issue that we know in here and we had to get better.”