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Celtic striker Moussa Dembele dismisses 'warning' talk after draw with Rangers

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele dismisses 'warning' talk after draw with Rangers

If Celtic are able to get past Rangers at the weekend, they will move a step closer to winning the treble this season.

"If you are a betting man you would be daft to bet against Celtic", the former Parkhead striker turned pundit told Press Association Sport.

"The fact is that trebles are very hard to do historically and Celtic have only done three", he was quoted as saying by sctozine.com.

"Things couldn't get much worse under Mark Warburton but there seems to have been a response and that 3-0 win at Aberdeen the other week was absolutely enormous for them".

"Now we are the only team in Scotland defending zonally on corners, so we know that Celtic are not used to it".

Caixinha revealed he has been scrutinising footage of Celtic's outings against Barcelona and Manchester City in the group stages of the Champions League earlier this season closely in a bid to gain an edge for Rangers in this cup tie.

Brendan Rodgers' Celtic side are set to take on Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers on Sunday.

"They have coasted because they have been so far in front but after that last result, where Rangers played very well at Celtic Park, I do feel Celtic will re-focus".

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha hopes veteran defender Clint Hill will be available to bolster his squad after three matches out with a calf injury.

Sutton insists a similar overreaction to a victory, should Caixinha guide Rangers through to the final and stop a possible Hoops treble, would again be folly.

Meanwhile, Celtic's chances have been boosted by the availability of their skipper Scott Brown despite his weekend red card against Ross County.

Dodoo did not add to his five goals in total for the campaign against Partick, but it is clear that fans were impressed by him once more and many now want him to start in Sunday's huge Scottish Cup semi-final clash. Nobody really expected that and it caused Rangers a lot of issues in terms of thinking they could challenge Celtic for the title.

But Caixinha says no team is flawless as he prepare his players to take advantage of Celtic's flaws.

"I'm a guy who needs to have everything under control and things need to be from my leadership and after that I will share that leadership with the guys who are performing with me on the pitch, the coaches and the players".

"It is not to say that on their day, as they proved at Celtic Park, they aren't capable". But they have offered us a lot more over and above that, especially Myles going forward.

"Over the course of the season I don't think we have been consistent enough so I don't think you can say it would be a success by just getting to one cup final".


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