By George Overhill

17th Apr, 2022 | 11:10am

Kenny Miller dismisses Rangers cup record, warns of regression ahead of Celtic clash

Rangers have to win the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic because their recent cup record is so bad according to former striker Kenny Miller.

And with the title likely heading back across Glasgow to Parkhead, he believes Gers risk going backwards from the high of last year if they lose again today at Hampden Park (17 April).

The Light Blues have lost the previous two Old Firm derbies, resulting in the advantage in the league swinging firmly behind the Hoops, but could redress the balance somewhat by overcoming their rivals on route to a long-overdue cup win.

Miller told BBC Sport: “When you walk through the door at Ibrox, you are expected to win cups. For that to not have been achieved for 11 years is just not good enough – there is no getting away from that.

“Steven Gerrard did an unbelievable job rebuilding the team to the point they were able to compete and win leagues, now it is absolutely crucial that Rangers do not go backwards, which makes Sunday even bigger.”

Redemption

Over a decade without a domestic cup success is a glaring failure for a club the size of Rangers.

Of course they went through major struggles during that time, but they have been back in top tier for long enough.

The league title was clearly a priority, but with the defence of that probably now beyond them, it is important that they prevent the Bhoys completing a treble.

The Europa League still offers Giovanni van Bronckhorst a major chance of redeeming a disappointing second half to the domestic season.

But in the battle for Scottish supremacy, he risks falling firmly behind Ange Postecoglou if he loses a third consecutive Old Firm, especially if that then sees the Hoops complete a clean sweep of trophies.

The title that was won last season cannot be made to look like an aberration, and victory at Hampden, backed up by lifting a cup for the first time in far too long would leave a reminder that this side cannot be written off.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton is sweating on the cup clash despite writing the Bears’ cup record off as “woeful”.