McStay: Rangers may not be so lucky against Celtic next time

Former Celtic player Paul McStay believes the main reason for Celtic’s defeat against Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Sunday was the Bhoys standing off their Old Firm rivals and allowing them to play their football.

McStay believes that, despite Celtic’s individual superiority, Rangers boss Mark Warburton was able to employ his possession style football against his opponents.

The ex Celtic midfielder does not believe that Celtic, or other Premiership clubs, will be so accommodating next time. He told the Scotsman:

“If that team had been given the opportunity to play Rangers again the next day, I think things would have been a lot different. I look at the technical ability there and have no doubt that Celtic have a better squad than Rangers but, on the day, Mark Warburton got his tactics right and Celtic stepped off. It worked for them in a one-off game but it will be interesting to see how it works out for them next season when they come up against a Celtic team which will pressurise them. It’s not just Celtic either – Aberdeen, Hearts, Inverness and Ross County will also do that to them.”

With Ronny Deila now officially announced as leaving the club at the end of the season, another manager will be in charge at Celtic Park for the next Old Firm clash in the league next season.

No doubt the new manager will employ different tactics to nullify Rangers’ attack, and it will be interesting to see what players both sides bring in over the summer in order to strengthen their sides to fight at the top of the league next campaign.