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CALMAC’S FINAL SAY

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CALLUM McGREGOR insisted no-one at Celtic is listening to noises elsewhere as the holders concentrate on Sunday’s Betfred League Cup Final.

The Hoops haven;t lost a Cup-tie in over three years and the midfielder is confident that will remain the case following the Hampden silverware shoot-out against Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit.

The 26-year-old Scotland international, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “It’s important we focus on it as another Cup Final. We’ve been in quite a few in the last few years.

“We don’t listen to any outside noise. We’re totally focused on what the manager wants us to do.

“The group of players in there knows exactly what it takes to win trophies.”

McGregor was aware of the background racket before the eight-in-a-row champions travelled to Govan for the Premiership meeting on September  The Hoops had lost on their previous two visits and there were many who predicted Gerrard would complete the hat-trick to set the tone for the rest of the season.

The fighting talk was dismissed by the visiors when goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes gave them a comfortable 2-0 victory.

McGregor said: “To be honest, the boys are solely focused on what we’re doing. That’s been the key to why we’ve been so successful.

“We know it’s going to be a big test – Cup Finals always are. They can go either way on the day.

“Rangers have been going well this season and we have to respect that, turn up with the desire to win and implement the game plan.

”Cup games are different and if you have a bad day you’re out. But this run of 30 games shows the consistency and mindset of the players.

“It’s not going to last forever, but there’s a feeling within the club we understand what playing for the jersey means. We have to win and win with a style.

“We approach it the same, whether it’s the league, Cup or Europe. We’ll do that on Sunday and, hopefully, that will be enough.”

McGregor, of course, has enjoyed success against the Ibrox side at the national stadium in the past and scored a peach of a goal in the Scottish Cup semi-final in April last year as Brendan Rodgers’ men ran amok in a 4-0 triumph.

The anchorman would be delighted to stage an action replay at the weekend.

 

 
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