Rangers put on a much-improved performance to reach the finals of the Scottish Cup as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend. Celtic took the lead in the 64th minute through Greg Taylor before Scott Arfield sent the tie into extra-time after scoring in the 78th minute. Just when the tie looked destined for penalties, Carl Starfelt scored an unfortunate own goal to give Rangers the win.
Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst: “A lot of character, drive, belief in reaching the cup final and we had to dig deep. We had to change many players, but we did it as a team and we’re very proud that we’re in the final. It’s been a terrific week for us, winning against Braga and then winning today to reach the cup final, so the momentum has been perfect. We have a lot of games to play in the next few weeks so it gives us a lot of confidence, but you know every game you have to start all over again. We’re going to use this week to refresh and recover to make sure everybody is ready for the last few weeks of the season.”
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou: “They’re never going to be open games as players know what’s at stake and know the consequences of their actions. We did have an opportunity to go two up, it wasn’t taken and they went up the other end and scored. There were still moments I thought we could have done a little bit better with, but in the end, they took their moment in extra time and end up winning the game. We’ve had to be resilient all year and this is another challenge for us. We are disappointed that we didn’t get to another final.”
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