RONNY DEILA is hoping for peace in Sunday’s League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

The Celtic boss revealed Strathclyde Police had visited Celtic to remind the players and management team of its responsibilities.

He said: “We have talked to the police, but they have been to every other club in the semi-finals.

“It is a football match, with a lot of emotion and it should be that.

“I hope it is going to be peaceful. That is what we want.

“The police said we are responsible to keep it peaceful. To be aware and understand what is important and that is what is happening on the pitch.

“Everything we do to cause problems can affect other people.”

Asked if the police had requested him not to go on the park after the final whistle to celebrate with the Hoops fans if they win, the former Stromsgodset manager said: “No, but I have said many times first of all we have to win.

“We have to concentrate more on that and we will see after the game.

“I will never do anything to offend the Rangers fans.

“It is about celebrating with your own fans and not doing anything wrong to the others.

“Respect is a big thing. We will show it and, hopefully, Rangers will do the same.”

Deila added: “Nothing in football is easy. Every game we go into we are favourites and we are expected to win, so this is nothing new for us.

“We are favourites but Rangers’ budget is the second biggest in Scotland and they have beaten teams in the top division and played in big matches before.

“You saw in the cup in England that nothing is straightforward.

“It is going to be a tough game, but when we are on top form, we have a good chance to win.

“We have confidence because we have had a lot of good results and performances lately.

“But we have to treat every opponent with respect because, as I said, anything can happen in the cup.”

*Reference in this feature is to new Rangers, formed 2012.

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