DONNELLY DISMISSES IBROX CLAIMS

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SIMON DONNELLY reckons there is not a solitary Ibrox player who could get a place in Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic line-up.

The former Hoops striker has dismissed any claims there is anyone at Graeme Murty’s disposal who is remotely good enough to even be considered for inclusion in the Parkhead squad.

Donnelly cited last month’s 3-2 win in Govan as proof the Parkhead men, who played for over half-an-hour with 10 men following the dismissal of Jozo Simunovic, have the upper hand.

Looking at Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final between the Glasgow sides, the ex-Scotland international said: “Celtic still have the quality players which Rangers (sic) don’t have and they managed the last game like champions.

“You could argue James Tavernier has been decent this season, but I wouldn’t swap anybody in Celtic’s team.

“They are winners at the moment. Until somebody knocks them off their perch, I wouldn;t swap any of them.”

Donnelly insisted the Hoops are now in the heads of Murty’s players which is a complete role reversal of the 1990s.

He recalled: “In the nineties, when Rangers had a hold over us, it didn’t take a lot to dent confidence.

“How many times did a Celtic side back then play well, but Rangers would go up the park and score? And you’d think: ‘Here we go again.’

“That looks like what happened to Rangers (sic). They were pegged back twice and right on half-time, too. They’d be asking themselves: ‘How do we beat this team? They’re behaving like champions’.

Rodgers will take his team into his 10th meeting with the Ibrox outfit with a record of seven wins, two draws and no losses.

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