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Celtic vs Rangers Scottish Cup Final outcome debated as ex Arsenal star caveats 'win by a country mile' taunt

Martin Keown believes Celtic have the strength to beat rivals Rangers "by a country mile" in this weekend's Scottish Cup Final - but has warned that it's never that easy in a one-off game.

The Hoops have not lost to their old foes this season while Philippe Clement has never tasted success on derby day. And with the showpiece finale at Hampden coming on Saturday afternoon, Arsenal icon Keown isn't convinced the Belgian will start now.

The stadium will host a 50/50 split of supporters that will provide an electric atmosphere which Keown is excited by. But he insists Brendan Rodgers' Celts could once again be too strong for their opponents after winning the Premiership title this term.

"It's nice to see both sets of fans in the stadium because we rarely see that," the former defender said. "Looking at Celtic, eight points clear of Rangers and thinking, 'Should I be fair because Jim (White) is in the studio? Or should I just blow Jim away and say I think Celtic will win by a country mile.'

"But that never really happens in a cup final. Just looking at it, it fell away from Rangers a little, didn't it? Hearts got a late equaliser last time out, games against Celtic they didn't seem to turn up. I don't see why it would be any different this time, why would it be?"

Fellow pundit Simon Jordan feigned interest in the action, to an extent, as he revealed he hopes Gers can lift the trophy. Albeit he's not sure they'll be able to as they've not pushed their rivals this year.

"In so far that I can manufacture any interest in this game, I would suggest that it's gonna be very difficult for Rangers to overcome Celtic. They've not laid much of a glove on them all season and, again, whilst I reinforce my claim that I don't think the quality of these two sides is anywhere near what it's been in the past, it will be an occasion, have a jeopardy attached to it and will have both sets of fans inside the stadium.

"It's a scandal that they've had so many years apart where they haven't had stadiums with equal sides away supporters in there, but you'll see it in its pomp of the rivalry - hopefully it'll be constructive rivalry rather than abusive, I suspect I might be wrong on that - but I would pick Celtic to win this game. I hope Rangers do."