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Old Firm managers determined to focus on Premiership fixtures as cup final looms

Excitement among Celtic and Rangers fans ahead of Sunday’s Betfred Cup final is reaching fever pitch but rival managers Neil Lennon and Steven Gerrard are doing their best to keep the focus on Wednesday night’s Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures.

Rangers are looking to bring their eight-year hunt for a major trophy to an end at Hampden on Sunday. But with the Old Firm rivals level on points at the top of the Premiership, Gerrard does not want his side risking a slip-up against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Wednesday evening.

“We’re fully focused on Aberdeen and the challenge they pose,” said Gerrard. “It will be a tough game. Certainly going up there during my time here we’ve had some good challenges and battles so I expect the same. It’s 100 per cent focus on this game and we’ll worry about Sunday come Thursday.

“I am pleased we’ve got a game, though. Wednesday’s fixture certainly takes the focus away [from Sunday]. It’s an important three points for us.”

It was a similar sentiment from Lennon, whose side take on Hamilton at home. “The league is the priority and the season doesn’t end on Sunday whether we win the cup or not.

“We’ve got a lot of games between now and the end of December. So, Hamilton is our priority, it’s our most important game and we will go strong. And then our aim is to win the game as best we can.

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