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Celtic inviting all the pressure, says Rangers' McGregor

By Ronnie Esplin

Rangers defender Darren McGregor claims Celtic have put themselves under pressure by "shouting from the high heavens" ahead of the Old Firm League Cup semi-final next year.

A huge cheer came out of the Hoops' dressing room following their 1-0 home win over Inverness on Saturday when the draw was revealed live on television while in-form Parkhead striker John Guidetti said beforehand that whoever faced Ronny Deila's men at Hampden Park were "going down".

McGregor, who joined the Govan club from St Mirren in the summer, was happy to see Celtic apparently so confident and believes complacency could be a factor in the Gers' favour when the game takes place in late January or early February.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Cowdenbeath in the Championship tonight, the 29-year-old said: "The pressure is on Celtic. They are the ones shouting from the high heavens about what is going to happen.

"We will coast along and do what we need to do.

"They (Celtic) are obviously looking forward to it.

"Two years ago with my old team St Mirren, we showed that on a cup day (beating Celtic 3-2 in League Cup semi-final) you can beat anybody. So complacency can be a killer but we will go there confident and we will be ready for it.

"On paper they look like they are the better team, of course they do.

"They are stacked full of internationals, they play at a higher level but we are fine with the underdog tag."

Meanwhile, Hearts will meet Celtic at Tynecastle in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

Scottish Cup fourth round draw: St Johnstone v Ross County, St Mirren v Inverness CT, Hurlford Utd or Stirling Albion v Raith Rovers, Rangers v Kilmarnock, Hearts v Celtic, Queen of the South v Brora Rangers, Stranraer v Dunfermline, Elgin City or Bo'ness Utd v Arbroath, Falkirk v Cowdenbeath, Spartans v Morton or Airdrieonians, Berwick Rangers v Albion Rovers, Dundee v Aberdeen, Annan v Brechin City, Ayr United or Alloa v Hibernian, Motherwell v Dundee United, Partick Thistle v Hamilton.

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