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Scottish Football weekend preview – Celtic and Rangers eager to book Hampden showdown

The semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup take place across the weekend, with the draw keeping Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers apart in the last four.

The semis have pitted league leaders Celtic against Kilmarnock on Saturday evening, before Rangers face Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon.

Celtic set to extend Killie winning run

WhatCeltic v Kilmarnock – Scottish League Cup semi-final
WhereHampden Park, Glasgow
When17:30 – Saturday, 14th January
How to watchViaplay Sports 1
OddsCeltic 1/8, Draw 17/2, Kilmarnock 16/1

With 38 points separating the two sides in the league, it's no surprise to see Celtic are strong favourites to see off Kilmarnock and reach the League Cup final.

Ange Postecoglou's men go into the semi-final unbeaten in their last nine competitive games and having comfortably won their last two League Cup fixtures.

Celtic won 4-1 at Ross County before cruising to a 4-0 success over Motherwell in the quarter final at Fir Park, when Liel Abada scored a brace. You can back the Bhoys to score Over 3.5 Goals on Saturday at 6/5.

The Hoops have won their last four meetings with Killie without conceding and one man played a key role in this season's league wins. Jota has scored in both meetings so far this term, including the opener in a 2-0 home win last week – the Portuguese ace is 9/2 to score first on Saturday.

Kilmarnock head to Hampden having won just two of their last nine matches, although they had collected a win and two draws prior to their trip to Celtic Park last weekend.

The only time in their history that Killie lifted this trophy was back in 2011-12, when they beat Celtic 1-0 in the final, and a repeat scoreline in Saturday's semi-final can be backed at 40/1.

Derek McInnes, who led Aberdeen to League Cup success in the 2013-14 season, has seen his side see off Hearts and Dundee United in the last two rounds.

Former Rangers man Kyle Lafferty scored the opener from the spot against the Tangerines and the Northern Ireland international can be backed at 14/1 in the Anytime Goalscorer market on Saturday night.

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Rangers can make their way past stubborn Aberdeen

WhatRangers v Aberdeen - Scottish League Cup semi-final
WhereHampden Park, Glasgow
When15:00 – Sunday, 15th January
How to watchViaplay Sports 1
OddsRangers 8/13, Draw 3/1, Aberdeen 4/1

The second semi-final looks likely to be a much closer affair, although Rangers' recent form sees them favourites to make the final on 26th February.

Since Michael Beale took charge at the end of November, the Gers are unbeaten in their last six competitive matches – five wins and one draw.

That run includes a 3-2 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie in late December, when two stoppage time goals from Scott Arfield turned the game on its head.

That dramatic victory means it's three straight wins for Rangers over the Dons, who are currently 20 points behind their opponents in the Scottish Premiership.

You have to go back to March 2019 (13 matches) for the last time Aberdeen beat Rangers, with the Light Blues scoring seven goals in their two meetings so far this season.

Fashion Sakala grabbed the opener in December's meeting and also opened the scoring in the Gers' 2-0 victory at Dundee United last weekend. The Zambia forward is 4/1 to score first at Hampden on Sunday.

The Dons have showed some signs of improvement since the turn of the year, collecting four points from their last two league games and keeping back-to-back clean sheets.

Bojan Miovski is Aberdeen's top scorer so far this season, with 11 goals to his name, although the North Macedonian striker hasn't found the net since 12th November. Miovski is available at 21/10 to in the Anytime Goalscorer market in the semi-final.

Although Rangers are the club with the most Scottish League Cup trophies, Aberdeen do have a better recent record in this competition than their opponents. The Dons last won the Scottish League Cup in 2013-14 and have been in the final twice since then, losing to Celtic on both occasions.

The last time Rangers lifted this trophy was back in 2010-11 and the Glasgow giants have played in just one other League Cup final since then (2019-2020).

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