Rangers beats Celtic to reach cup final as rivalry resumes

 17 Apr 2016 - 17:11

Rangers beats Celtic to reach cup final as rivalry resumes
Rangers' Dominic Ball celebrates at the end of the match. Reuters / Russell Cheyne

GLASGOW, Scotland: Fallen Scottish power Rangers marked the latest stage in its recovery by beating Glasgow rival Celtic 5-4 on penalties to reach the Scottish Cup final Sunday.

The semifinal, locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes and 2-2 after extra time, was a taste of what's to come next season when the so-called "Old Firm" rivalry resumes in the Scottish Premiership after four years.

Record 54-time Scottish champion Rangers has already secured promotion back to the top flight after winning the second-tier League Championship. Celtic leads the Premiership.

Rangers will play Hibernian, which also plays in the second tier, in next month's Scottish Cup final.

Rangers was forced into liquidation in 2012 with tax debts exceeding $30 million and had to start again in the fourth tier, the country's lowest professional league.

Matches between Celtic and Rangers are among the most bitterly contested in world soccer, with the clubs traditionally divided along mostly sectarian lines — Roman Catholics supporting Celtic and Protestants behind Rangers.

AP