PAT BONNER insists Celtic will earn a place in next month’s Scottish Cup Final – if they bring their ‘A’ game to Hampden.

The legendary Hoops keeper believes his old team can’t fail against their Ibrox foes on Sunday, but they MUST replicate the displays that have seen them undefeated in their last nine games against their Glasgow neighbours, winning seven and drawing two.

Bonner, 57, said: “If Celtic turn up and play well, they will win the game. They have the best squad, the best players, they have done it in the last number of years.

“Celtic seem to play well when challenged in the big games and they have done okay under Brendan at Hampden Park. Naturally, Rangers (sic) will put up a battle.

“They have confidence because, of course, they know they can match Celtic at times in the games, but they haven’t beaten them, that’s the key, and I don’t expect it to happen this time.

“Celtic will pass, move and use the full pitch. I think the Ibrox side will have to press Celtic high, they can’t sit back or Celtic will pick them off.

“Can Rangers (sic) sustain that throughout the game? Well, that is the question. If they can do that, then they have a bit of a chance. I think it will be an interesting game.”

Bonner added: “If you have good, organised players you can challenge any team, but you have to get the players in, that’s the first thing, and you have to spend money.

“You can’t hope to have a loan player here, a loan player there and pick the odd one up. You have to spend money to compete against Celtic and that is going to be the big challenge, no doubt.

“And if that challenge comes, then Brendan Rodgers and Celtic will probably lift their game.

“They are doing what they have to do to win championships and if they win the treble this year again it will be a remarkable achievement.”

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