Scottish League Cup semi-final: Rangers v Celtic – team news & preview

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    Rangers will be without playmaker Niko Kranjcar through injury as they face Glasgow rivals Celtic in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

    Defender Danny Wilson is also doubtful and Joey Barton is still serving a club suspension, but fellow midfielder Jordan Rossiter is back from injury.

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has the luxury of a fully-fit squad for the match at Hampden Park.

    Rangers were beaten 5-1 in September's league meeting between the sides.

    Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn: "I started the season feeling really good, but the injury affected me in terms of stopping me from kicking on and getting going.

    "These past few weeks I still think I've been off the pace a little bit. I've not been my usual self in terms of being a threat up front.

    "The longer the run goes without scoring, the more you end up snatching at things.

    "You don't mean to do it purposely, but I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform. I want to score goals and play well.

    "I've been working hard this week though. I've realised what I need to work on.

    "I'm still learning. It's been a step up to the Premiership and, as a group, we are still developing.

    "I know personally I can do better and I'm working on that. Hopefully I can kick on this weekend."

    Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "My focus is always on my own team and we're always focused on what we can bring with our style.

    "If we can impose that then as we've seen before, we can give a lot of problems to opponents.

    "I don't think their game changes. The idea of their method will be fundamentally be the same.

    "They are going to build from behind, they want to create opportunities from midfield and look to get the ball in the box to score.

    "That's the way Mark Warburton believes in that way of working.

    "I had heard Niko Kranjcar may be injured, but I don't think that changes anything.

    "Whoever comes in will be asked to do the job of building, creating and scoring goals."

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