Motherwell's Cedric Kipre wants to avoid red card against Celtic

Scott Sinclair of Celtic goes down from a challenge in the penalty box by Cedric Kipre of Motherwell during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Cedric Kipre has been sent off twice against Celtic this term.

Cedric Kipre of Motherwell is sent off resulting in a penalty to Celtic during the Betfred League Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow,...

Celtic and Motherwell will square up against each other at Hampden Park next month in the Scottish Cup final, and Cedric Kipre claims he wants to avoid getting sent off against the Hoops again.

The Fir Park centre-back has already received his marching orders against Celtic twice this term; the first coming in the League Cup Final defeat last November following a brush with Scott Sinclair and the second in last month's league draw.

Managing to get a win over the Hoops in a final will not come easy, and after last weekend's 4-0 demolition of 10-man Rangers, Kipre knows a sending off against Celtic will only make things worse.

Scott Sinclair of Celtic goes down from a challenge in the penalty box by Cedric Kipre of Motherwell during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“Hopefully I can stay on the pitch for 90 minutes this time," the Ivory Coast international told the Scottish Sun after both teams booked their places in the final.

"I wanted to return to Hampden to have another crack in a final. I was very disappointed with what happened the last time.”

Celtic are on track to defend their domestic treble having already sealed the Scottish League Cup and just a win or two away from winning the Premiership.

Brendan Rodgers' men will be facing Motherwell in another final and, given the gulf in quality between the sides, Celtic remain favourites.

Cedric Kipre of Motherwell gets sent of for a foul in the penalty during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Stopping the Hoops has proved a tough nut to crack for teams in the Scottish top flight again this term, with only Hearts and Kilmarnock managing to secure victories over Celtic after they went unbeaten last season.

Motherwell will be hoping to cause an upset next month and, while many teams will not hesitate to play dirty against Celtic to get the job done, the Steelmen know best, and Kipre particularly will be treading softly.

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