CELTIC skipper Scott Brown reckoned the champions’ display in the 4-0 Scottish Cup semi-final yesterday struck Rangers dumb.

Caretaker boss Graeme Murty revealed his players had cheered when they heard they had been drawn against Brendan Rodgers’ side in the last-four of the competition.

However, those remarks came back to haunt the Ibrox side as the Hoops strolled to an emphatic win and a place against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup Final on May 19.

Brown, who had an outstanding 90 minutes, said: “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we were going to win.

“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.

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

Goals from Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor had the holders two goals ahead at the interval before Ross McCrorie was red-carded following a foul on Moussa Dembele who stroked home the resultant penalty-kick.

Olivier Ntcham also netted with a spot-kick to complete a landslide triumph.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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