Celtic winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is feeling confident about our Scottish League Cup chances and fancies facing Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in the final, The Herald report.
The Hoops sailed through to that fixture yesterday with a stomping 5-2 win over Hibernian, with Elyounoussi grabbing two of the goals.
Rangers take to the pitch later today, facing Hearts. The Ibrox side haven’t made the final of either national cup competition since the 2015/16 season so have a lot to prove.
Elyounoussi though thinks it would be ‘nice’ to play them for the trophy, clearly having no fear of a crunch derby fixture at the national stadium.
As quoted by The Herald, he said: “Yes [I would like Rangers in the final], why not? We are not scared of any team.
“We believe in the players, our coaching staff and the team around us. I think it would be nice to play Rangers but it doesn’t really matter to us.”
Celtic’s cup consistency
Elyounoussi is right to feel bullish about our chances considering the continuing and relentless march of Neil Lennon’s side towards trophies.
Yesterday’s win was incredibly the Hoops’ 30th consecutive win in the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. Nobody has been able to touch us since Brendan Rodgers came to the club in 2016.
It’s a winning mentality that has transferred seamlessly into the Lennon era.
For some fans, a derby final may be a nervy occasion. I know I haven’t felt any more settled heading in to derby matches despite our dominance in recent years.
However, given we have already knocked off Rangers on their own patch this season, why wouldn’t Elyounoussi want the chance to pick up a big derby win at Hampden?
From the team’s perspective, it’s the big match that allows them to best demonstrate their qualities.