DUNDEE boss Neil McCann has warned Celtic his team will have a real go in the League Cup quarter-final at Dens Park on Wednesday.
The Tayside outfit celebrated their first league win of the season with a 3-2 success over St Johnstone yesterday.
And McCann is determined to use the victory as a springboard when Brendan Rodgers brings his Invincibles to Dens as they search for their 56th successive unbeaten game against domestic opposition.
McCann said: “I am really looking forward to going up against Celtic, a really hard game and test for us.
“It’s an opportunity to get into a semi-final, so I will need to come up with something that’s strong, that allows us to be hard to break down against a very good Celtic team.
“I still want the guys to have the freedom to play because football is boring if you just think: ‘I am going to try and frustrate for 90 minutes’.
“Somewhere along the line you will come undone against a side like Celtic, so you have to be prepared to play, as well.
“We must come up with something that suits us, that allows us to be solid and try to reduce the spaces that Celtic like to operate in.
“But when we have the ball I will not just ask them to smash it up the pitch.
“That’s not fair to the fans and I don’t think it’s fair to the players, because we’ve got good footballers here.
“I don’t want to play like that.
“I am so happy with the boys I’ve got here. I’ve no doubt that if we get it right from my coaching staff, and they perform on the night at 100 per cent, we can give Celtic a game. Definitely.”
“Will ye, aye,” as Leigh Griffiths tweeted yesterday.
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