By Daniel Feliciano

25th Apr, 2023 | 6:10pm

Ally McCoist and Chris Sutton predict result of Rangers v Celtic Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final

Ally McCoist and Chris Sutton have predictably disagreed on the final result of the Scottish Cup semi-final clash between Rangers and Celtic on Sunday (30 April).

The Old Firm giants meet at Hampden Park with Celtic the firm favourites having all but wrapped up a second consecutive SPFL title and on the verge of yet another treble.

But Rangers have the chance to halt that and show they are closing the gap, which led to both teams predicting opposite results for the fixture while appearing on The Overlap (24 April).

“Hatate we haven’t even mentioned, probably my player of the season in Scotland this season,” Suton said.

“If he’s fit he’s so important to the way Celtic play. I’m going to say 2-1 Celtic, I think it will be close but I think Celtic just have the edge.”

McCoist obviously disagreed and gave his best Derek Johnstone impression in the process.

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“I think Celtic have been incredibly strong, as I say Carter-Vickers is a big player for them, in the middle of the park they’ve been excellent. But 2-1 Rangers.”

Must win

There is no doubting that this is a must-win game for Rangers and Michael Beale as the manager.

Having played against Celtic three times already as the manager since taking over in November, Beale is yet to taste victory at Ibrox, Celtic Park or even Hampden when they met in the Viaplay Cup final.

Performances have certainly improved but that means little if we can’t turn them into wins, and after losing to Aberdeen this past weekend we have to show character and bounce back.

It obviously won’t be easy, but it never is in an Old Firm game. Beale and this Rangers squad have to show there is progress being made and that we are learning from mistakes to improve and close the gap.

If we don’t win the game then the season is over already with a month still to play through, and that is unacceptable. So lets hope the boys give Ally something to rub in Sutton’s face on Sunday.

In other Rangers news, McCoist names Gers star that “has to play” v Celtic at Hampden Park.