Barrie McKay believes that Rangers need to earn promotion back to the Scottish Premiership to experience more Old Firm derbies next season.

The Gers, who are currently 14 points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship table with a game in hand, are set to face Celtic in a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on 17th April.

It will be just the second meeting between the two Scottish giants’ since Rangers had to start in the fourth tier after their liquidation in 2012.

And McKay, who insisted that everyone in Scotland is looking forward to the game, stressed that Rangers want to be involved in more Old Firm derbies next season by returning to the top flight, where the Ibrox outfit would take on Celtic more frequently in league fixtures in the 2016/17 campaign, if they achieve promotion.

“Obviously all my family and friends want to talk about it”, he was quoted as saying by the Herald Scotland.


“It’s good to get the Old Firm game back in Scottish football. If you’re a neutral, a Rangers fan or a Celtic fan, you’re buzzing to have the game back.

“But, as I said, we need to get back up so there will be more of those games next season.”

Celtic, who are en route to winning their fifth consecutive Scottish Premiership title, beat Rangers 2-0 in a Scottish League Cup game last season.