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Ray Wilkins and Alan Brazil predict Celtic v Rangers semi-final tie

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Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:52

"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".

JASON THOMSON saw David Bates rise to the occasion to win a move to Rangers - and insists his former team-mate can handle the pressure of Sunday's Old Firm clash with Celtic.

"It's hard to pick out one from the Champions League semi- finals, but if you say maybe it's between Real Madrid and Juventus, they all have weaknesses".

Brendan Rodgers's Celtic side will head into the match as favourites.

"The only question is, can you identify them?"

And Thomson firmly believes the young stopper will not be fazed if he retains his place for the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday.

"I thought Rangers played really well at Parkhead, but you will see the real Celtic at the weekend", said Brazil on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (broadcast from 6am, April 21, 2017).

Brown is free to take part in the Old Firm derby after the club lodged an appeal against the dismissal, with the hearing scheduled to take place next Thursday.

"So [Celtic] are taking the right decision".

The under-fire whistler will be on duty again on Sunday after being appointed as one of the additional assistant referees helping out Willie Collum.

Well-known Celtic fan and former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United forward Alan Brazil, though, does not fancy Rangers to win this weekend.

"We have tried to correct some points that have happened during matches, and I will speak with them regarding some of Celtic's front players". So I have nothing to complain about.

Wilson should reform his defensive partnership with Clint Hill after the veteran rejoined Caixinha's squad following three games out with a calf injury.

This season has been no different, with Brown contributing to three goals and the same total of assists across 49 competitive games. Somebody had to referee it so I offered myself and I found out it's not easy.

'We're under no doubts it's going to be tough game for us, but we went to Celtic Park and got a draw in the league and hopefully we can go one better this time'.

"I was never 100%, "yes, I am going back to Rangers". "The refs are human like us".