RONNY DEILA believes Celtic will overcome the loss of talisman Charlie Mulgrew and win the League Cup semi-final against new Rangers at Hampden on Sunday.

The Hoops have been dealt a massive blow ahead of their first meeting with the Ibrox side with the news that Mulgrew will be sidelined for six weeks.

The stand-in skipper has failed to overcome a persistent knee injury and will miss next month’s crucial clashes against Dundee and Inter Milan.

Deila said: “I am disappointed that this has happened to Charlie.

“First of all, I feel sorry for him.

“But it is bad for us because he is a very important player.

“However, it has happened and we just have to deal with it and solve the problem it presents.

“I am sure that we will be able to do that and get it right on the day.

“Apart from Charlie, we have a strong squad at the moment.

“We have a lot of fit players and a lot of competition for places in every area of the park.

“We also have a lot of big personalities and big-game players.

“I am sure they will step up and rise to the occasion.

“We are looking forward to the game and are confident.

“We are in a good place after winning four games in a row and going out on top in the league ahead of Aberdeen at the weekend.

“The Hampden game is one we will really enjoy.”

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