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Scott Brown claims Rangers have been completely silenced following Celtic's 4-0 thrashing of rivals in Scottish Cup

  • Celtic reached Scottish Cup final with 4-0 thrashing of Rangers
  • Scott Brown insists Rangers have been silenced following the result
  • Brendan Rodgers praised the big game mentality of his Celtic side
  • Rodgers expressed empathy for under pressure Rangers boss Graeme Murty

Celtic skipper Scott Brown savoured his side's Scottish Cup semi-final triumph over Rangers – insisting the Ibrox club's cheers had been comprehensively silenced.

Rangers manager Graeme Murty had revealed in the wake of the last-four draw that his players had celebrated being paired with Brendan Rodgers' side.

However, that was to comeback to haunt them at Hampden as they were dispatched by four goals as Celtic booked a final showdown with Motherwell next month.

Scott Brown believes Celtic silenced Rangers with their 4-0 Scottish Cup victory

Scott Brown believes Celtic silenced Rangers with their 4-0 Scottish Cup victory

'We just knew as soon as we turned up that we were going to win,' said Brown afterwards.

'They can cheer as much as they want, I don't think they'll be cheering tonight.

'We knew, from start to finish, that we were going to dominate this game. We fancied it today.

'We know that when we turn up and play our game on a good pitch that nobody can deal with us.'

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praised the big-game bottle of his side following the win

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praised the big-game bottle of his side following the win

Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, praised the big-game bottle of his side after the crushing victory.

The Premiership champions, who had been lacklustre on league duty of late, made it ten games unbeaten against the Ibrox side – surpassing the nine-game unbeaten run racked up Walter Smith's Rangers between 1995 and 1997.

An unprecedented double Treble is now within reach, with Rodgers on the verge of a feat which eluded even Jock Stein and Martin O'Neill.

After watching his side progress following unanswered goals from Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor and penalties from Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham, Rodgers said: 'We play so many games and we are never always going to be at our best. But this season we've had a number of really good performances. In the big games, that's the edge we look for. 

'What the players have done in the last couple of seasons has really inspired the supporters to believe they can actually achieve the impossible sometimes. We are very focused and geared up for all our games. When you get to these games, you know what's at stake. 

Rangers boss Graeme Murty faces further scrutiny after his side were thrashed by Celtic

Rangers boss Graeme Murty faces further scrutiny after his side were thrashed by Celtic

'It's just a case of getting the players focused in the build up, making sure they are clear on their jobs and then go and play their football. 

Victory over Hibs at Easter Road on Sunday would secure a seventh successive title but, reluctant to become involved talk of back-to-back Trebles, Rodgers claimed: 'I haven't really thought about that. I'm always one where the mantra is the next game.

'We are in the final now and that won't be an easy game when you look at Motherwell, that's two cups finals we'll be playing them in this season. 

'That's a totally different game again with their physicality and they are a very honest team that work very hard.

'But we know that when we turn up and play it gives us a great chance.

RANGERS' REMAINING FIXTURES

April 22 – Scottish Premiership – Hearts (home)

April 29 – Scottish Premiership – Celtic (home)

May 5 – Scottish Premiership – Kilmarnock (home)

May 8 – Scottish Premiership – Aberdeen (away)

May 13 – Scottish Premiership – Hibernian (away)

May 19 – Scottish Cup Final – Motherwell (neutral)

'We are in a really good position there, but have five tough games to finish.

'But we want to finish the season well and be back here and look forward to the final with good confidence.

In a dominant first-half display goals from Rogic and McGregor cowed a Rangers side visibly unnerved by their opponents, 'It was very good', Rodgers continued. 

'Semi-finals are there to be won but if you can also play well, then great. Our idea is always to play well and in the first half I thought we were really dominant and in control.'

'We scored two very good goals and I was really pleased.

'You always have to deal with the tactics of the opponent. I could see what Graeme was trying to do, in terms of closing the centre of the field, keeping the wingers tight to our two controlling players. 

'It's easy to criticise a manager afterwards. We played well today and had a real edge to our game, which was good. We pressed it well and deserved to get to the final. 

Expressing empathy for his disconsolate opposite number, Rodgers added: 'It is football management. Obviously, Graeme is starting out his career.

'He has done a great job with the youth and development side. He has stepped in and it wasn't that long ago everyone was talking about what a good job he had done. 

'In football management, you can be brilliant one game and then not be so good if you lose the next one. But they are tough to take.

'Obviously they wanted the opportunity (to play Celtic). The players themselves obviously felt confident after they beat Ayr 6-1. They felt this was maybe going to be the chance for them. 

'I have empathy for every manager. Obviously it is a very difficult job.'

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