Gary Mackay-Steven hopeful Celtic can use Scottish Cup semi-final to banish painful memories from last trip to Hampden Park


The Scottish Premiership leaders have been drawn with Rangers in the last four of the competition.

Gary Mackay-Steven is hopeful that Celtic will be able to use their Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers to banish the painful memories from the last time they played at Hampden Park, The Scottish Sun reports.

Their last trip to the famous stadium saw them stunned by Ross County in the last four of the League Cup despite Mackay-Steven helping them get off to a flying start with the opening goal in the first minute. And the winger is keen for the Hoops to have a much more positive experience when they come up against their bitter rivals in April.

"It is a different competition and a different game but our last Hampden memory wasn't the greatest," he told The Scottish Sun.

"Hopefully we can put that to bed next time. We will be looking to put on a positive show and to get this club to a final."

While the 25-year-old believes that the disappointment from the last time they played at Hampden will motivate the team to book their place in the Scottish Cup final, it is arguably the possibility of securing a win in the battle of the Old Firm - which will be only the second contest between the pair in almost four years - as well as moving to within one game of winning a trophy that will act as bigger incentives for the Bhoys. 

And while Mark Warburton's side's performances against Scottish Premiership opposition - including the recent wins over Kilmarnock and Dundee - would suggest that the Gers could represent a tougher challenge than Ross County did, the defeat in January is likely to help the Hoops avoid any complacency that may result in another surprise defeat at the ground. 

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