The clock is ticking down for the first chance of silverware of the season. Tomorrow’s cup final has the added spice of a derby final too which only adds to the nerves.

There is so much hysteria around this fixture that comes long before a whistle is blowing if you struggle as a fan imagine what it must be like for a Celtic player.

Callum McGregor has become one of the cornerstones of Celtic’s success over the past few seasons and he has just been talking on Celtic TV ahead of tomorrows massive derby cup final showdown.

“We’ve done really well there recently,” he said. “This group has been successful, so when you go back to these stadiums, you have happy memories and in the build-up to the game, you look forward to it.

“It’s a cup final, we have to prepare properly, go in with confidence and respect the opponent. We have to perform and earn the right to win.

“All cup finals are tough and no matter the opponent, they always deserve to get there. This is a one-off game, but we try to take away the hype of the game and focus on the football side of it.

“Rangers have been doing well and we have to respect that too. You need your big players to stand up to the occasion.

“I think we’ve got a great squad and that’s been demonstrated over the last three or four games. We’ve got loads of strength in depth in the squad, so whoever is asked will step up and do a job.”

Luckily for Celtic, they have a team packed with players who have been there and won that when it comes to domestic trophies. This must be a huge factor heading into tomorrows clash. Rangers, on the other hand, have won nothing since they arrived back in the top flight of Scottish football.

We hope that pattern can continue tomorrow.


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