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Caixinha: I don't care about Celtic's treble chance

The Rangers manager says he is just focused on his own team's bid for silverware.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha says Celtic's bid to win the treble doesn't affect him as he just concentrates on leading his own side to win the Scottish Cup.

The Glasgow sides meet on Sunday at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic already crowned as Premiership champions and having won the League Cup. Brendan Rodgers and his players are unbeaten in domestic competition and aiming for a clean sweep of trophies but Caixinha says his own bid for silverware is the only thing on his mind.

"I'm not worried about [Celtic being unbeaten]," he said. "And I don't think that they are so obsessed with that.

"Everyone is talking about stopping a treble and I don't care about it.

"I'm just focused on my team."

The Portuguese boss was respectful of Celtic's success under Rodgers but wasn't fazed by the prospect of trying to beat them in an all-or-nothing tie. He said that every team had areas where they could be beaten, even at the highest level.

"All teams have weaknesses," he said. "Even the best teams in the world at this moment.

"It's difficult to pick out one from the Champions League semi-finals but if you say maybe it's between Real Madrid and Juventus, they all have weaknesses.

"The only question is can you identify them? Can you get your team to expose them and then exploit them?"

Caixinha, who watched the last game between the sides from the stands prior to taking charge, said that results overall against Celtic this season weren't too important but said that the last game, a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park was useful in that it was the most recent and analysis could provide more information than the champions' games against other teams.

He said: "We are facing Celtic on Sunday and Saturday and that match we will prepare and analyse only according to that last confrontation, even if things are going to be different a little bit.

"It's important to have the information but I'm someone who thinks it's more important to live it in the first person. But my days aren't different if I'm preparing for this match or the previous one against Partick.

"My life is to arrive here early in the morning, prepare the training sessions, make my analysis after the session, make my analysis for the next one and so on.

"My days haven't changed because it's this match or a semi-final or an Old Firm."

In a week that has seen the standard of refereeing in Scotland called into question, Caixinha said tyhat he had no complaints about officials and he also backed Celtic's right to appeal Scott Brown's suspension, which will allow the club captain to face Rangers at Hampden.

"We would do the same," he said. "If I had one player who was in my starting 11 or match-day 18 who I really counted on and had conditions to appeal, I'd do the same.

"So they are taking the right decision."

The manager revealed that Clint Hill may be back in the squad for the match and that Michael O'Halloran had returned to first team training.

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