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Scottish Cup win would repay Celtic supporters after disappointing season, says Stephen Welsh


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'Stephen Welsh believes a Scottish Cup win at Ibrox tomorrow will help in part repay Celtic fans whose 10 in a row dreams were shattered by Rangers. '

'Stephen Welsh believes a Scottish Cup win at Ibrox tomorrow will help in part repay Celtic fans whose 10 in a row dreams were shattered by Rangers. '

'Stephen Welsh believes a Scottish Cup win at Ibrox tomorrow will help in part repay Celtic fans whose 10 in a row dreams were shattered by Rangers. '

Stephen Welsh believes a Scottish Cup win at Ibrox tomorrow will help in part repay Celtic fans whose 10 in a row dreams were shattered by Rangers.

Steven Gerrard's relentless Gers side left the Hoops in their slipstream on the way to winning the club's 55th Premiership title.

Celtic did win the Scottish Cup for a record fourth successive time when they beat Hearts on penalties in the delayed 2020 final at Hampden Park in December.

And 21-year-old defender Welsh, who this week signed a new four-year contract that will see him remain at Celtic until at least the summer of 2025, is looking to get past the Gers in their fourth-round tie and stride on to finish the season on a high at Hampden again.

He said: "We know it has been a difficult season. The performances on the whole haven't been good enough for the standards this club hold.

"So winning a trophy at the end finishes (the season) on a bit of a high and it all starts on Sunday. If we win on Sunday it is a really big one.

"We will be looking for that, we go in with a lot of confidence and playing really well, so we look forward to it and hopefully we can repay the fans with a win. It is always a big game, especially going to Ibrox. It probably puts the pressure on a wee bit, it is the last cup to win this season but we are looking forward to doing that.

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"This club is built on winning trophies. We have done that for the past few years."

Meanwhile, interim Celtic boss John Kennedy insists he has shown Rangers "full respect" after his comments drew reaction from Ibrox ahead of their Scottish Cup clash.

The newly-crowned Premiership champions are 20 points clear of the Hoops, are unbeaten in the league and have beaten Celtic twice already this season.

Kennedy recently claimed "that on our day we are still the best team in the country", a claim that Gers defender Borna Barisic described as "disrespectful" and a " joke", with Light Blues boss Gerrard saying: "I know the reality and the truth."

However, Kennedy moved to bring some clarity.

"My take on it is, people make a story and a headline out of taking the comment out of context," said the former Celtic defender, who confirmed Polish striker Patryk Klimala is set to join New York Red Bulls.

"I was referring to us going into a cup game and on our day we can still be the best performing team in the country because we have that level in us."


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