11:27:21 AMCeltic v Rangers (Sun)
|Celtic v Rangers (Sun)|
Co-Operative Insurance Cup Final - Rangers v Celtic|
Venue: Hampden Park Date: Sunday, 15 March Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Coverage: Sportscene, BBC One Scotland, Sportsound, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Sport website.and here
Mark Wilson is close to a return for Celtic in Sunday's Co-operative Insurance Cup final against Rangers but Barry Robson is unlikely to play.
Willo Flood is ineligible and Lee Naylor, Shaun Maloney, Paddy McCourt and Koki Mizuno are all ruled out.
Rangers full-back Kirk Broadfoot is struggling with a foot injury ahead of the final.
Nacho Novo is available for selection again, while Madjid Bougherra is also expected to be fit.
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan:
"The two teams at the moment want to win it but probably fear getting beaten more. But the opportunity is there to play.
"We have all been to finals when you think it's going to be a walkover and it's an excellent game.
"So I really can't tell you how it's going to go. The players on the day usually determine who is going to win it.
"If the two sets of players go for it, it's going to be an excellent game.
"So we're hoping good players will decide the competition and some good goals, to make it exciting, something to talk about."
Rangers manager Walter Smith:
"Even at this stage of my career, I still get nervous but it's welcome and I like it.
"I like the pressure of Old Firm games. I've had quite a few of them and I look forward to it.
"We will enjoy the build-up this year. We never really got that opportunity last year, we had a big European game against Werder Bremen the Thursday night before the final against Dundee United.
"So, while I wish we had a bit of that, I can look forward to the final more than I did last time."
Rangers (from): McGregor, Broadfoot, Whittaker, Bougherra, Edu, Weir, Papac, Davis, Mendes, McCulloch, Ferguson, Niguez, Lafferty, Miller, Boyd, Novo, Alexander, Beasley, Fleck.
Celtic (from): Boruc, Hinkel, O'Dea, McManus, Caldwell, Crosas, Hartley, S Brown, McGeady, Nakamura, McDonald, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Samaras, Loovens, Wilson, M Brown.
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