The Old Firm Returns
7 March 2016, 08:25
Rangers striker Kenny Miller insists they have no fear of Celtic after drawing the Scottish champions in the semi-finals.
The Glasgow clubs were paired together after Celtic beat Morton 3-0 in the last eight, 24 hours after Rangers thrashed Dundee 4-0.
Dundee United will face the winners of the replay between Inverness and Hibernian in the other semi-final on the weekend of April 16-17.
Celtic were comfortable 2-0 winners over Rangers in last season's League Cup semi-finals and could have added to goals from Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons in the first half.
But Rangers have improved considerably and Miller believes the players' faith in Mark Warburton's methods can see them triumph.
The former Celtic player told Rangers' website: "There was every chance we were going to get them at some point and as we said after the game yesterday, we don't fear anyone.
"Whoever we drew was just going to be standing in the way of our goal which is to win the Scottish Cup and I've said all along, we have to get past Celtic if we want to win it.
"It will be a tough game as all the games are, but I am fully confident if we go about the job in the way we know we can that we can get the right result.
"The manager has got us playing and has got us believing in the way we are playing, and that will never change no matter who we play.
"If we can perform and do the right things that we do day in and day out, it can all come to fruition as it did yesterday.''
Warburton claims there will be no mention of the fixture inside his squad until the preceding week.
The Rangers boss, whose side are 12 points clear in the Championship, said: "Right now our only focus is Friday night and Morton, and that won't change.
"It's not going to be a massive build-up either in the camp - it's going to be all about our league campaign, and when the game comes around, then we can focus on it at the right time. But we won't mention it until the week of it.
"I understand it is a big game and a big event, and I understand there will be media hysteria, but from our point of view that game is a long way off and between now and then, we have a lot of work to do in our league campaign.''
Griffiths was more excited. The 25-year-old wrote on Twitter: "What a draw...lets hope it's the same result as last time. Few big games before that though...hopefully today was a start of something.''