By Sam Stone

25th Apr, 2023 | 8:10pm

Alex Rae urges Rangers to quit talking amid previous Celtic controversy

Alex Rae has urged Rangers to do their talking on the pitch after recent controversies in the lead-up to clashes against Celtic.

Speaking ahead of the Gers’ league cup final against The Hoops, Fashion Sakala referred to Ange Postecoglou’s side as the “other mob”(22 February).

The comments from the Light Blues’ attacker didn’t go down well with sections of the media and Rae has called on the players to stay quiet ahead of Sunday’s vital Scottish Cup semi-final clash at Hampden Park.

“The performance doesn’t matter. It’s all or nothing for Rangers and they have to produce. I also hope Rangers keep things in-house this week,” said Rae (NewSlotsKlosh, quoted by the Daily Record, 25 April).

“There has been too much talking ahead of these games. They need to do their talking on the pitch and show what they are capable of.

“Social media is not a great barometer but there is unhappiness among the Rangers support and I think it’s unfair on Michael Beale who has only been able to bring in two players – Todd Cantwell and Nico Raskin – who have done quite well.”

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Stay quiet

Staying quiet is certainly the best option for Beale and his team. Recent comments in the media haven’t gone down well, and considering the results against Celtic during the 2022/23 season, they’ve been made to look rather silly.

The defeat to Aberdeen on Sunday was a damaging one for the Gers. It sees them head to Hampden Park in indifferent form. This fixture really is make or break. If Celtic were to win, it would put The Hoops on the verge of a famous treble, which would heap the pressure on Beale and the board ahead of next season.

Another campaign dominated by the green and white side of Glasgow cannot be contemplated and the upcoming summer is absolutely essential. Beale will be looking to revamp his squad and finally add some much-needed quality which will be able to compete with their fierce rivals.

Todd Cantwell and Nicolas Raskin have been impressive to date and could well prove to be astute pieces of business, but more is required.

In other Rangers news, a Premier League player is on the verge of a move to Ibrox.