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Wary Janko urges Bhoys to stay alert

By Ronnie Esplin

Saidy Janko will be as wary of a cup shock as any Celtic player when Raith Rovers visit Parkhead tonight.

The 19-year-old Swiss right-back endured a nightmare senior debut with Manchester United over a year ago.

He was substituted at half-time when Louis van Gaal's side were on their way to a 4-0 defeat by League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

Janko, signed in the summer after leaving Old Trafford, was speaking ahead of the Scottish League Cup third-round clash with Championship side Rovers.

The Switzerland Under-19 player recalled his MK Dons experience, admitting it makes him more aware of cup shocks.

"It was a bit unfortunate," he said. "He (Van Gaal) was not happy with the formation. I was the one who had to go off but at least I got a few minutes.

"It was a good experience for me because not many 18-year-olds get to play in the first team at Manchester United so I'm very honoured, but it definitely could have gone better.

"I don't know much about them (Raith) to be honest. But you have to be 100 per cent aware and ready."

Boss Ronny Deila, meanwhile, admits Carlton Cole needs more time to get up to speed as he considers offering the former West Ham striker a deal.

The 31-year-old, a free agent after being released, is training with the Hoops.

Deila, who revealed that discussions over a new contract for Nir Bitton are ongoing, said: "It is early. He needs more time than that (a week)."

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