Celtic vs. Rangers live score, updates, highlights & lineups from the Scottish Cup semi-final

Celtic vs. Rangers live score, updates, highlights & lineups from the Scottish Cup semi-final

Celtic and Rangers will meet for the fourth time this season with the two historic Glasgow rivals this time facing off in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Ange Postecoglou’s team took a giant step towards the Scottish Premiership title with victory over Rangers earlier this month and there is a sense that the Hoops have the edge over the defending Scottish champions right now.

For Celtic, there is a potential Treble on the line. The Hoops have already won this season’s Scottish League Cup in December, and they hold a commanding six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership. A victory over Rangers on Sunday would set them up for a clean sweep of the domestic honours.

Under Postecoglou, Celtic have played a brand of dynamic, modern football that has caught the eye and earned them many admirers. At times, though, Celtic have been guilty of wasting chances in front of goal this season.

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Rangers are fresh from making the semi-finals of the Europa League during the week. Continental competition has brought the best out of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s team this season — can they carry that into Sunday’s Old Firm derby at Hampden Stadium?

Rangers, the defending Scottish champions, have lost the last two Old Firm derbies and have struggled to cope with Celtic’s high-pressing style since the arrival of Postecoglou in Glasgow. Can Rangers end this run on the neutral ground of the national stadium?

Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

Celtic vs. Rangers live score

  1H 2H Final
Celtic 0
Rangers 0

Celtic vs. Rangers live updates

45th min: Hatate is under pressure from Jack, and looks like he’s gotten away from him before the Rangers man lunges for the ball. He doesn’t get it, but Hatate lands on his right ankle a little awkwardly. He’s down for a while holding it, but he doesn’t get any treatment.

43rd min: It’s a blow for Rangers as Aaron Ramsey sits down, and it’s clear immediately that he won’t be playing on. Scott Wright is on in his place.

42nd min: The ball comes loose to Lundstram on the edge of the Celtic area, right of centre. His first touch shifts it into space on his left, and the second unleashes a curling shot that smacks against the far post. Carter-Vickers has to alert to the rebound, before it breaks to a man in blue.

35th min: McGregor goes flying as he and Lundstram come together for a 50/50 challenge. The ball breaks to Jota on the halfway line and, despite a host of Rangers players around him, he wins carries the ball forward well and wins a free kick on the left. Postecoglou’s team haven’t quite clicked yet when they’ve got into the final third. Rangers counter well down the left. Roofe gets a header on a cross which is stood up towards the far post, but it’s half cleared. The ball comes back in and Aribo heads straight at Joe Hart from just a few metres out. The Rangers man is down holding his back briefly.

30th min: Rangers get a free kick on the edge of the D after Kemar Roofe goes trying to evade challenges amongst a crowd for Celtic players. Aaron Ramsey takes it. He gets it up, but it doesn’t come down. Rangers win another free kick shortly after, and they have a little more control at the moment.

25th min: Abada has Barisic one on one and drives at him, cutting in onto his left before flashing wide of the near post. Van Bronckhorst will be hoping that duel isn’t repeated too many times.

22nd min: Tavernier puts in a delicious cross from the right, that has to be headed clear for a Rangers corner. It’s hard to believe twenty minutes are gone already, this game is flying by.

18th min: Celtic are seeing more of the ball here, but Rangers look a threat when they get it. The timing of Aaron Ramsey’s runs has already caused a couple of problems for the team in green and white.

13th min: A couple of moments for Celtic. A long kick from Hart catches Tavernier out as it finds Jota. He bursts into the centre of the pitch and tries an effort from distance, but the height he got on it means it’s more of a concern for low flying aircraft than it is for McLaughlin. Hatate finds Jota again, edge of the area on the left, but he doesn’t play the early ball for Maeda and the chance goes. Rangers are in the ascendancy again, and the momentum in this game is swinging from one side to the other like a metronome on steroids.

9th min: A couple more chances for bot teams, coupled with a heavy challenge on Aribo from McGregor. Both teams looking dangerous, with Jota having headed narrowly over for Celtic.

4th min: Rangers have the first chance of the game. They win the ball back and counter. Ramsey plays in Kent to his left, and McGregor manages to slide in and put Kent off his shot. The stadium was full of smoke from the pyrotechnics at kickoff, but the air is beginning to clear now. The game has started at a frenetic pace.

1 min before kickoff: The teams are out at Hampden Park. Red flares light up the Rangers end, and the noise level has grown even more. Ange Postecoglou and Giovanni van Bronckhorst share a warm embrace on the touchline, but I wouldn’t expect too much of that kind of thing over the next couple of hours.

3 mins before kickoff: As you would imagine, there’s not an empty seat in the house at Hampden Park. With just a few minutes to go, the flags are waving and both sets of fans are in full voice.

15 mins before kickoff: Only fifteen minutes till kickoff now. It’s a relatively early start, but that won’t dampen the atmosphere in Glasgow one bit. This matchup is always high stakes and, with a place in a cup final on the line, no quarter will be shown today.

35 mins before kickoff: Just one change for Rangers after their midweek efforts, and that comes in goal where John McLaughlin starts. It’ll be interesting to see how Van Brocnkhorst’s side cope later on in the game, having played in midweek.

55 mins before kickoff: Both sides are at Hampden Park, and the team news is in for what is sure to be a fiery clash.

2 hours before kickoff: Hello and welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Rangers. This should be another pulsating Old Firm derby between two historic rivals with plenty to play for. We’ll bring you all the action as it happens including team news as and when it’s released.

Celtic vs. Rangers lineups

Celtic have had a full week of rest since their last fixture last weekend and have a full squad to choose from for this match. Kyogo Furuhashi is back to full fitness, but Daizen Maeda‘s run in the team continues. He’s led the press well in recent weeks.

Celtic starting lineup (4-3-3): Hart (GK) — Taylor, Starfelt, Carter-Vickers, Juranovic — McGregor, Hatate, Rogic — Jota, Maeda, Abada

Celtic substitutes (11): Bain, Jullien, Kyogo, Turnbull, McCarthy, Johnston, Ideguchi, O’Riley, Forrest, Ralston, Welsh

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Rangers come into this match on the back of an extra-time victory over Braga in the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday night. The physical toll of that match could be a factor on Sunday.

Aaron Ramsey, who scored in the last Old Firm derby and played a good game against Braga, starts. McLaughlin starts in goal for Rangers.

Rangers starting lineup (4-3-3): McLaughlin (GK) —Barisic, Bassey, Goldson, Tavernier — Lundstram, Jack, Aribo — Kent, Ramsey, Roofe

Rangers substitutes (11): McGregor, Amad, Davis, Kamara, Sands, Wright, Balogun, Fashion Jr, Arfield, King, Lowry

How to watch Celtic vs. Rangers

  UK USA Canada Australia
Date Sun, April 17 Sun, April 17 Sun, April 17 Sun, April 17
Time 14:00 BST 09:00 ET 09:00 ET 23:00 AET
TV channel Premier Sports beIN Sports 3
Streaming Premier Sports Player ESPN+ Kayo, beIN Sports Connect

UK: The Scottish Cup semifinal will be televised and streamed by Premier Sports.

USA: The match will be streamed in the USA on ESPN+

Australia: beIN Sports 3 will televise the match and the channel can be streamed on Kayo or via beIN Sports Connect.