“It would be a great achievement to go to such a place and win and we have to believe it. We will go there with no fear, but lots of respect. They proved in the first game that that they are a good football team.
“I don’t think they played typically Italian-style, defensive and boring; I thought they were very expansive and tried to build from the back.
“But I think we can get at them. We scored three goals and created other chances and we can cause anyone problems on our day.
“However, we have to keep it tight at the back and not give any cheap goals away.”
Celtic’s stand-in skipper has sat out a chunk of the last three months with a knee injury, but is set to resume full training in two weeks.
That gives the 28-year-old utility star an outside chance of playing in the March 15 showpiece at Hampden. Mulgrew admitted: ‘Two weeks this Wednesday is the schedule, but it might be a bit sooner. I’m just taking it day by day.’
Asked if he believed he could make the League Cup Final, Mulgrew replied: ‘Yeah, hopefully. The plan is to be training that week, whether it comes a bit early we will just need to wait and see.
‘I came back a bit too early and broke down. It’s been a long road, but there’s now light at the end of the tunnel. I’m delighted to be back running outside and can really see an end of goal of being back at training. It’s been difficult but you need to get your head down and work as hard as you can.”
Mulgrew watched as his team-mates drew 3-3 draw with Inter Milan in the Europa League last week and he admitted he’s been an extremely frustrated spectator. He added: “There have been a lot of big games and missing out has been disappointing, but I’m over that now and looking forward.’