Rumour Mill: Dembele out to haunt Rangers | Sutton slams Warburton | Souttar staying

Celtic hero Moussa Dembele out to inflict more pain on Rangers, Chris Sutton mocks Mark Warburton’s gap ‘narrowing’ claims and Hearts aren’t planning on cashing in on John Souttar.

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Goal hero Moussa Dembele turns to his provider, Leigh Griffiths, as the pair celebrate Celtic's League Cup semi-final win over Rangers. Picture: Getty Images

Better together: Dembele and Griffiths provide winning touch

Celtic’s winner at Hampden yesterday may prove something of a collector’s item. Playing Leigh Griffiths alongside Moussa Dembele was not something his personnel in other areas really allowed for, Brendan Rodgers stated this week. Yesterday, though, it took the combined efforts of the strike pair to end Rangers’ resistance’ in the League Cup semi-final.

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Scott Brown, right, and  Andy Halliday in a midfield tussle at Hampden

Scott Brown hails Celtic’s mental strength after Hampden win

Scott Brown believes Celtic showed physical and mental toughness to see off Rangers in yesterday’s League Cup semi-final on the back of their gruelling midweek Champions League loss at home to Borussia Monchengladbach, writes Andrew Smith.

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Moussa Dembele celebrates having given Celtic the lead. Picture: John Devlin

Five things we learned from Rangers 0 - 1 Celtic

Craig Fowler gives his take on the Betfred Cup semi-final as Celtic emerged as winners thanks to a late Moussa Dembele goal.

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Scott Brown (left) and Kieran Tierney celebrate Celtic's victory. Picture: SNS

Best Twitter responses as fans react to Celtic beating Rangers

Celtic defeated Rangers thanks to a late Moussa Dembele goal to reach the final of the Betfred Cup, though their performance was much more dominant than the 1-0 scoreline would indicate.

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Police Scotland say all of the arrests were made in and around the ground. Picture: PA

18 arrests following Celtic and Rangers semi-final at Hampden

POLICE Scotland have confirmed that 18 people have been arrested following the match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates at the end of the Betfred Cup semi-final. Picture: PA

Brendan Rodgers: Celtic performance just as good as 5-1 win

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes his team were just as superior to Rangers in their narrow 1-0 Betfred Cup semi-final victory at Hampden yesterday as they were when they hammered their Old Firm foes 5-1 on league business last month.

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Mark Warburton's side were beaten by a late Moussa Dembele goal. Picture: Getty

Mark Warburton: Defeat shows Celtic-Rangers gap ‘narrowing’

Rangers boss Mark Warburton believes the gap between his side and rivals Celtic is ‘narrowing’ after their 1-0 loss in the Betfred Cup semi-final.

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Craig Thomson shows a yellow card to Barrie McKay after believing the Rangers winger to have dived for a penalty. Picture: PA

Howard Webb defends Craig Thomson after Old Firm semi-final

Howard Webb has defended the performance of Craig Thomson after the Scottish whistler made a couple of contentious decisions in the Old Firm semi-final at Hampden.

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Lee Wallace makes a terrific challenge on Scott Sinclair. Picture: SNS

Rangers 0 - 1 Celtic: How the players on each side rated

Marks out of ten for every player as Celtic defeated Rangers in the Betfred Cup semi-final.

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Moussa Dembele (left) watches on as his flick evades Matt Gilks, giving his side the victory. Picture: SNS

Rangers 0 - 1 Celtic: Dembele the hero once again

Moussa Dembele continued his seemingly anointed introduction to the Old Firm rivalry with a dramatically timed and sublimely finished goal to settle an absorbing Betfred Cup semi-final in Celtic’s favour.

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Kenny Miller and Tom Rogic battle it out during the Betfred Cup semi-final. Picture: PA

Match day live: Rangers v Celtic, Betfred Cup semi-final

Follow the action at Hampden as it happens with our live blog.

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Celtic's Jozo Simunovic, right, is being looked at by a pair of English clubs. Picture: SNS

Rumour Mill: Newcastle and Palace want Celtic star | Barton tweets about Old Firm derby | Rodgers to add in January

Newcastle and Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, Joey Barton has tweeted his support for Rangers ahead of the Old Firm derby, and the Celtic boss admits he’s already planning his January shopping list.

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James Forrest has been in great form this season. Picture: SNS

James Forrest, Celtic’s unlikely ace in the Old Firm pack

Brendan Rodgers should stick with his flying winger for the Old Firm clash, and resist the temptation to start Patrick Roberts, writes Craig Fowler

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Where will the match be won and lost this Sunday at Hampden? Picture: John Devlin

Five key battles in the Rangers v Celtic semi-final

It appears that both managers will stick with the systems that have, on the whole, served them well. Brendan Rodgers will retain the 4-2-3-1 – which resembles more of a 3-5-2 in possession, with Kieran Tierney pushing forward and Scott Sinclair cutting in to join the striker – whereas Mark Warburton will go 4-3-3, with Andy Halliday marshalling at the base of a midfield triangle.

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Scott Brown admits he was not fully fit when Celtic lost to Rangers at Hampden

Celtic’s Scott Brown is raring to go in cup semi-final

Careers can often be defined by events in major derbies. What unfolded the last time Celtic and Rangers jousted at Hampden, where they will square up this afternoon for the Betfred League Cup semi-final, redefined Scott Brown’s career parameters over the matter of representing his nation.

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New goals. Moussa Dembele is keen to continue his rich scoring form which includes his hat-trick against Rangers 
Picture: Rob Casey/SNS Group

Master Moussa Dembele is the main man for Celtic just now

There was a thought about what Moussa Dembele could possibly do for his next trick after last month becoming the first player in half a century to hit a hat-trick in a league match between Celtic and Rangers. The answer was make a 40-goals-in-a-season striker largely disappear.

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Joe Garner is happy to be learning a new way to play football at Ibrox

Joe Garner wants Rangers to settle score with Celtic

There is no doubt that Joe Garner throws himself into his tasks with abandon. As an old-fashioned rumbustious centre-forward, though, the problem is that there appears to be too much gusto in the abandon with which he attacks, writes Andrew Smith.

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A point to prove. He may be 38, and not the fastest, but Clint Hill can offer Rangers a serious option his boss says. Picture: SNS

Clint Hill steps into the breach for Rangers at Hampden

There would seem few similarities between the two occasions in which Mark Warburton has grappled with Celtic. Yet, potentially troubling for the Englishman is that there are actually more than might first appear.

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton insists he's capable of flexibility. Picture: John Devlin

Mark Warburton denies Rangers are predictable

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has rubbished the idea that the rigidity he shows in sticking by a 4-3-3 formation makes them an all-too-predictable foe for Celtic, with memories of being thumped 5-1 by them last month still fresh when the Old Firm meet in this afternoon’s Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

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