Brendan Rodgers delights in 'comprehensive' Celtic win over Rangers

Moussa Dembele of Celtic is challenged by Matias Kranevitter of Zenit St Petersburg during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park

However, by telling his side to sit off Celtic, it merely gave the Hoops time and space to play, which they ruthlessly exploited.

Celtic absolutely lorded this Scottish Cup semi-final. But when it comes to one against one, you have to actually get up closer to your opponent than we did in the first period.

'We are in the final now and that won't be an easy game when you look at Motherwell, that's two cups finals we'll be playing them in this season. We've played well and won, we had a good edge and good composure.

"I wouldn't have been happy if I was taken off". "We train every single day and the energy levels are there but we were second best in nearly everything today - second balls, first balls, it was just unacceptable for Rangers".

Bruno Alves was put on for Daniel Candeias and the veteran Portuguese defender forced a good save from Craig Gordon with a header, seconds after the Hoops keeper had made a similarly impressive save from Alfredo Morelos.

"We were not worthy of getting anything from the game today".

"I was reacting to the situation in the game".

Rangers just want a victory to get one over their rivals, god knows they haven't had a whole lot to brag about in recent years.

Murty admitted there was anger and frustration - "all the kinds of emotion you would expect from a changing room that has just gone through that". His frustration was clear as he got himself embroiled in an angry exchange with a supporter but Murty really should have waited until the half-time interval to make his change.

"It was a very good game", said Rodgers. But he always manages to raise his game against Celtic's derby rivals and once again he was the man to spearhead victory over Rangers. The players themselves obviously felt confident after they beat Ayr 6-1.

The Ibrox side rallied in desperation but midfielder Olivier Ntcham scored a fourth from the spot in the 78th minute with Graeme Murty's side fortunate to finish with no further damage.

However, it was a horror mistake by Rangers defender Russell Martin which handed Celtic their second.

"But it is no good to keep asking for it", he added.

'They can cheer as much as they want, I don't think they'll be cheering tonight.

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