RONNY DEILA has been given a warning from Kenny McDowall before tomorrow’s League Cup semi-final.
The Ibrox caretaker boss has told the Celtic gaffer nothing can fully prepare him for the intensity of the Glasgow derby.
McDowall, who is working his notice after quitting the crisis club, said: “I met Ronny Deila for the first time at a Hampden event on Wednesday and I’m sure people will have told him what to expect.
“But until you’re standing there and you see it full on, that’s when you realise where you’re at.
“I have said to the players it is an unbelievable game to be involved in.
“I don’t know how the players feel because I have never done that part, but standing in the technical area is unbelievable, just incredible.
“You haven’t experienced anything like it in your life.
“If it goes your way, it’s great. If it doesn’t then it can be a long week to follow.”
Deila, meanwhile, has admitted he would settle for the Hoops scraping a 1-0 win.
His team are overwhelming favourites, but the Norwegian pointed to an Ibrox budget well in excess of most Premiership clubs and insisted they should still be the second strongest team in the country.
He said: “Everything I am thinking of is winning.
“This game is going to be difficult. They are the second best in Scotland.
“They have a lot of experienced players who have been through this before and it is a semi-final, so it is not going to be easy.’
Asked if he would take a 1-0 win now, he added: “Of course. Go back one week and you saw Chelsea losing at home to Bradford and Manchester City losing to Middlesbrough.
‘It is a Cup semi-final and I don’t think the game is going to be great.
“The winner is going to be decided by small margins that will tip it our way or the other way.”
Deila hinted he will tone down his on-field celebrations if Celtic reach the final.
He has developed a habit of going to his supporters after wins to join in the joy.
However, he added: “It is about respect. To celebrate with your own fans is no problem.
“But I don’t want to cause any trouble for others. First of all, it is about winning.’