Date: 15th April 2017 at 8:38pm
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Brother Pedro has warned Brendan Rodgers that he’ll be up against 11 warriors next Sunday at Hampden.

A 2-0 win over Partick Thistle has sent Scottish Cup hopes sky high at Ibrox despite remaining nine points behind second placed Aberdeen with five matches left to play.

Dave King’s demand of a strong second looks like an exercise in wishful thinking with the campaign of #goingfor55 best forgotten.

After today’s win over Thistle Caixinha said: “This team is always ready to beat anyone, and Celtic is up next. The history of this team is about winning, so we need to be ready. I hope to have 11 warriors starting the game.”

The history of Caixinha’s team is one that has won 16 out of 33 matches in the top flight with the gap to Celtic growing on a monthly basis. If Celtic win tomorrow the gap between the Glasgow clubs will return to 35 points.

In four previous meetings between the clubs this season Celtic have won three with the last match a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park.

Caixinha will be cranking up everything possible in the week leading upto the game but as a relative veteran of the fixture Rodgers will keep the talking low key as he prepares his team to deliver where it matters- on the park.