Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor says he is extra determined to face Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final after missing out on last year’s encounter with the Gers, the Daily Record report.
The talented midfielder was left out of Deila’s squad during the Hoops’ 2-0 League Cup semi-final win over Rangers last season and spent the encounter watching on from the side-lines.
McGregor admits it was tough watching, and the experience makes him all the more eager to be involved this time around as the Old Firm duo are set to meet on April 17th.
"I was in the stand and it was tough to watch. Obviously a great day for the team and everybody was happy. But ultimately you want to be involved and playing,” he explained.
"Obviously the manager made his decision on the day and that's it, you have to deal with it. It makes me even more determined to come back this time. Hopefully I will be involved."
“As long as I continue to work hard and do my stuff on the pitch I don't think there is any reason why not. As I say it is the manager's call and what he thinks is best for the team."
The 22-year-old has been in and out of Celtic’s first-team eleven this season, making a total of 20 league appearances and scoring four goals as the Glasgow club chase another SPL title.
While the Old Firm duo faced off last season, a lot has changed over the past nine months at Ibrox and Mark Warburton’s Rangers side will now be a much tougher prospect for Celtic.
McGregor is largely expected to start to tie, and Deila will be hoping he can maintain his form after finding the net twice in his past three matches in all competitions.