Scottish Cup: Rangers 'massive advantage' over venue - Hartson

Rangers will hold a "massive advantage" with their home ground Ibrox hosting the Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United, says John Hartson.

The former Celtic striker said it was "unfair" and that Rangers should be in the away dressing room as "that will put the cat amongst the pigeons".

The Scottish FA has refused to move the semi-final to a neutral venue.

However, former Rangers striker Mark Hateley does not believe the last-four clash should be moved.

In October, Ibrox was named as the venue for both semi-finals, with the final to be held at Celtic Park.

Hampden Park is unavailable due to redevelopment work taking place to lay track for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Tannadice club made an official request to the SFA, but say the governing body rejected this, citing examples from Uefa as a precedent for a club playing a semi-final on its own ground.

If you ask Ally McCoist, or anybody, it's a daft question really because of course it gives Rangers an advantage

Former Celtic striker John Hartson

Hartson said playing the tie at Ibrox would give Rangers the advantage.

"In terms of why they can't have it elsewhere, I really don't know," he added. "Ibrox is a great venue to play football and I enjoyed going there, scoring there and winning there.

"It'll be a wonderful occasion to go to Ibrox and play, I'm sure the Dundee United players will be looking forward to the semi-final.

"If you ask Ally McCoist, or anybody, it's a daft question really because of course it gives Rangers an advantage.

"They know the surroundings and the dressing room; maybe stick Rangers in the away team dressing room and that might put the cat amongst the pigeons."

However, former Rangers striker Hateley disagreed and said it was the luck of the draw who got to the last-four stage.

"Hampden is obviously out of commission for the Commonwealth Games and you need one of the best stadiums in Scotland," he said.

"Ibrox or Parkhead then automatically jump out. It's the luck of the draw and the Cup is all about having that luck.

"Having a home tie will do Rangers well. At the start of the season nobody knows who's going to the semi-finals. I think I played a semi-final at Parkhead in my time and it's just about the team on the day."

United say they have been given a maximum ticket allocation of 13,100 for the semi-final at Ibrox - which has a capacity of 51,082 - having initially been offered 11,000 tickets.