Rangers booked a Scottish Cup final meeting with Hearts on May 21 after showing remarkable energy levels to complete a stunning extra-time comeback win over Celtic.
Rangers captain James Tavernier leads the celebrations after the 2-1 win over Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group)
Just four days on from their Europa League quarter-final victory over Braga at Ibrox, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side came through another grueling 120 minutes of competitive action.
The Light Blues challenged the odds which appeared stacked against as they ran out deserved winners over a Celtic side who had an extra five days worth of preparation time.
This result was made all the more impressive given the Gers fell behind in the match, displaying tremendous grit and resilience to force the tie into extra-time.
GlasgowWorld rates how Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side performed:
A surprise inclusion ahead of Allan McGregor. Enjoyed a relatively quiet opening 45 minutes. Helpless to prevent Taylor from breaking the deadlock.
The skipper was outstanding once again. Fresh from scoring both goals against Braga on Thursday night, he never stopped running during a tireless shift. He drilled in a low cross that led to Arfield’s equaliser. top performer
A commanding presence at the heart of the Gers backline. Deal with most of Celtic’s promising attacks.
Fast developing into a key member of Van Bronckhorst’s squad. Grew in confidence as the game progressed and another player to showcase brilliant energy levels throughout. Set up the winner in extra-time and wild celebrations earned him a caution.
A standout against Braga on Thursday and looks to be rediscovering some of his best form in flashes. Came off injured late on.
Like Bassey, has really come on to a game in recent months. Unfortunate to strike the post with a superb effort and seems to be flourishing right now. Petrol guage emptied in extra-time but another strong display.
Dominated the midfield in the first-half but tired in the second period before being replaced.
Should’ve done better with an unconvincing header in the first-half. Influence faded slightly in the second half and was hooked.
Better weight off pass could’ve led Kent to score an early opener after robbing Hatate of possession. Forced off just before the break through injury.
Enjoyed a lot of possession but could have done more. Always provided an outlet and shook off the attention of two Celtic players before pulling a low stick narrowly wide.
Never stopped working. Battled hard and his lay-off led to Arfield’s equaliser. Replaced in extra-time as fatigue creep in.
Early second half replacement and his pace caused Celtic’s tiring defense problems. He did not get a clear sight at goal.
Made a telling contribution, netting the leveller and helping drive his weary team mates on in the closing stages. He used all of his experience from him to help Rangers over the line.
Veteran midfielder calmed things down during a tense end to the game.
Brought on to provide much-needed fresh legs in extra-time. Helped to maintain the Gers stranglehold on midfield area.
Slotted in at centre-back to provide additional cover late on.
Constant buzz of energy. Forced Starfelt into vital own goal.
Unused: Allan McGregor GK), Leon King, James Sands, Alex Lowry, Amad Diallo