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McGregor craves Pittodrie points to wipe away Rangers' pain

Allan McGregor wants Rangers to put Pittodrie pain behind them by winning at Aberdeen in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Sunday.

The Ibrox side have not won away to Aberdeen in almost four years and that is a statistic the champions — and McGregor in particular — will be hoping to change.

McGregor — who was part of that team in December 2006 — believes it is time Walter Smith's men improved their record in the Granite City. He said: “I'm not quite sure why it's such a difficult place to go to.

“When teams outside the Old Firm go to Pittodrie the crowds are not as big and the atmosphere is not as intense, so perhaps the players find it more difficult to get up for those games.

“We haven't won up there for a long time. Hopefully we can this weekend.”

Meanwhile, Neil Lennon will guard against struggling Hibernian starting their fightback at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Hibees boss John Hughes has come under mounting pressure following a poor start to the season and again he had to withstand the sound of boos from his own fans following the 3-1 Co-operative Insurance Cup defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Wednesday night.

Celtic have won all five SPL games so far and go into the game in great shape following a 6-0 win over Inverness in their Co-operative Insurance Cup tie.

The Hoops boss knows Hughes will be looking for a response from his players at Parkhead.

“We have to make sure that it's not against us, because that would give them a huge lift,” he said

“They'll be coming, like all teams do with Celtic, to put on a performance and players do lift themselves when they come to Celtic Park. We have to be above that.”

The Old Firm were kept apart yesterday in the quarter-final draw for the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

Walter Smith’s men are the holders and they face a trip to Kilmarnock in the last eight.

Celtic were also drawn away, to St Johnstone, and Saints midfielder Liam Craig is relishing the clash.

“We showed last season that we can compete with the Old Firm and even this year we showed that at Ibrox, so it's up to us to do well in this competition,” he said.

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