MIKAEL LUSTIG reckons tomorrow’s Ibrox opponents need to “find a new way to play” if they ever hope to beat Celtic.
The Hoops remain undefeated after nine Glasgow derbies since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers in May 2016.
The Irishman has enjoyed success in seven of the encounters while two have ended in stalemate, both, oddly, at Parkhead.
Lustig said: “Rangers have been a little bit stronger and they’ve tried to bring new players in to make them a better team, so, of course it seems like they have taken a small step to being better.
“But they probably need to find a new way to play or do something different. We’ll see what they do.
“But you just look at what we have done in the league and in Europe and the fact we’ve already won the League Cup, so we should be favourites, absolutely.
“We feel good, the last couple of times that we’ve been in at Hampden we played really good football and we won, so we’re looking forward to it.”
The Swedish international defender added: “Last season was so good for us, for the players and the fans. Whether we would be able to do that again was going to be really hard.
“I’ve been here for all six years and, of course, every season you want to win the treble. To have the chance to do it two years in a row is incredible.
“We’re always humble and do our talking on the pitch. We’ve done it so far and, hopefully, we can do it again.”
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