Rangers boss Michael Beale has appealed for heroes in his Ibrox team ahead of the League Cup Final clash with Celtic at Hampden.
The English manager was speaking to RangersTV in his final comments before the hotly-anticipated match with the Gers looking to avenge the final of 2019, which Celtic won with 1-0 courtesy of an offside goal.
Rangers also haven’t won the League Cup trophy since 2011 and this is an early chance for Michael Beale to land a blow on Celtic as he looks to reverse the Gers’ domestic decline.
The Rangers boss has made an appeal to someone in his squad to step up and be a hero at Hampden as Michael Beale and his charges look to claim the League Cup Final from holders Celtic at Hampden.
“I’m expecting two excellent teams to go toe to toe, I’m expecting goals and excitement, it’s a good game for the neutral,” said Michael Beale.
“It’s a game where the team who makes the least mistakes and can impose their style will probably go on and win.
“You’ve got to win it in the penalty boxes. We’ve been here before and played very well between the boxes but not rewarded ourselves with goals or gone on to win.
“We need heroes at the weekend, but who’s that going to be? I’m just as excited as everybody else to see.”
Michael Beale speaks ahead of Rangers Celtic Final
The Rangers manager has also been talking about the club’s improvement under his stewardship, with the Gers winning 13 out of 14 matches since he took charge.
With Celtic having the upper hand in the Premiership, Michael Beale knows that knows that Rangers have to land a dent here and he has urged his players to take the “opportunity”.
“If you come into a club like I did in mid-season, you’re unbeaten in 14 games with 13 wins, you can be happy with it so far,” said Beale.
“I’ve seen the team improving week in, week out in terms of understanding relationships on the pitch and it certainly helps going into this game in good form.
“The most important thing is taking the opportunity that’s in front of you. It’s a big opportunity for the players and for the club in general and for the fans.
“We want them to get used to coming here and having good days out, so it’s important that we perform at our best.
“I’m here to improve our situation from where we found ourselves and it’s the start of a rebuild. We’re starting to see a new Rangers coming together slowly but surely.
“We’ve had a rollercoaster ride the last few years, some highs and lows, but all of that makes you stronger – the good and the bad. Let’s really focus on this game and try to bring the trophy home for our fans.”
Here’s how we predict Rangers will line up for the League Cup Final v Celtic.