Rangers or Hibernian will face Celtic in this season’s Premier Sports Cup Final after Ibrox-linked St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark handed the Parkhead club the opportunity to progress at Hampden

The goalkeeper has been touted by some as a potential replacement for Ibrox legend Allan McGregor and whilst the 29-year-old is generally a safe pair of hands, this audition slipped through his fingers.

McGregor, 39, has made a career out of stopping Celtic in their tracks and Zander Clark dealt a spirited Saints side a major blunder when his scuffed clearance helped our Old Firm rivals to the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Whilst Portuguese winger Jota did appear to handle the ball in the build-up – something missed by those pesky masonic referees – James Forrest capitalised on a goalmouth scramble to score the only goal of the game.

 

St Johnstone had proved a stubborn opponent to Celtic in the second half and that opportunity aside – somewhat gifted to them by Clark’s lax clearance – looked uninventive and uninspiring.

However, this victory has sent a Celtic warning shot towards Ibrox ahead of Rangers’ Premier Sports cup semi-final with Hibs at Hampden.

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Pressure on Rangers to reach Hampden Final and halt Celtic charge

After Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff left the club for Aston Villa – and with Giovanni van Bronckhorst set to takeover his duties next week – the club must halt gathering Parkhead momentum this season.

Celtic have went through a transition of their own this season and are now one game away from silverware in Ange Postecoglou’s first attempt. The only side with any real hope of stopping them is Rangers.

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Gio van Bronckhorst will know that success in the Premier Sports Cup is expected this season. (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

It puts the pressure firmly on a Rangers side who will be asked to respond following the exit of their backroom team as we look to send out a message over who is top dog in Scotland.

New manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be at Hampden for the clash with Hibs – although he won’t take charge – and fans are planning a special tribute.

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