Former Rangers defender John Brown feels the Gers will be able to gauge how far they have been able to come this season from their performance in the Old Firm derby next month.

Mark Warburton’s team beat Scottish Premiership opponents Kilmarnock and Dundee in the previous two rounds of the Scottish Cup to set up a semi-final meeting with their arch rivals Celtic at Hampden on 16th April.

It will be the only second time the Scottish giants’ will be crossing each other’s paths since Rangers had to start again in the fourth tier after their liquidation in 2012.

Celtic and Rangers came face to face in the Scottish League Cup last season, with the Bhoys winning the contest 2-0.

And with Rangers almost certain to return to the Scottish Premiership next season, Brown thinks that the cup clash at Hampden will be an indicator as to what changes are needed at Ibrox in the summer.


“Saturday’s game would have given the manager another indicator as to the strength of his squad, playing against a solid Dundee side that have been doing very well in the Premiership”, he was quoted as saying by the Herald Scotland.

“The Celtic game will give him [Warburton] a big bearing on how far the team has come on and that will dictate what he needs for next season.”

Rangers, who thrashed Dundee 4-0 at the weekend, are currently 12 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship table with a game in hand.