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Postecoglou relishing Old Firm Cup clash

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is relishing a Hampden Park showdown with Rangers after the two Glasgow giants were drawn together in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

The Hoops boss learned of the draw shortly after his side’s 3-0 quarter-final victory over Dundee United at Tannadice and is looking forward to returning to the national stadium for an eagerly-awaited derby next month, after enjoying League Cup success there earlier this season.

“We are in the semi-final, we have got Rangers, so on we go,” Postecoglou said after being told the draw on Premier Sports.

“It will be massive. That was the prize on offer here, a semi-final at Hampden.

“Irrespective of who you play against, it’s going to be a massive game. That’s the reward.”

Postecoglou praised his team for the way they went about their business at Tannadice, with Callum McGregor netting before the break and Giorgos Giakoumakis completing the job with a double in the second half.

“I thought we controlled the game from start to finish,” the former Socceroos boss said.

“The goal allowed us to settle down a bit and control the game.”

With the League Cup already in the cabinet, Celtic are top of the Premiership and in the last four of the Scottish Cup.

Postecoglou, though, was not getting carried away as he referenced those that questioned his tactics and style earlier in the season when the Hoops struggled for results.

“At the start it was all trouble, now it is all treble,” he joked.

“The important thing is that we are still in the competition and at this stage of the season we have given ourselves an opportunity for success.

“That is the expectation here. That expectation is on me and everyone at the football club. The players need to embrace that.

“We can’t think just because we have won a trophy already that it is going to be a good season.

“We want to win every competition we are in and we have given ourselves a chance. It should also help with the confidence.”

The other Cup semi-final will have more Australian interest with Cameron Devlin’s Hearts to face Hibernian.

The ties will be played on the weekend of April 16-17.

It is the first time the last four of the tournament has been made up by the two big clubs from both Glasgow and Edinburgh in the competition’s 148-year history.

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