John Rankin is confident the Dundee United players can bounce back from the bitter disappointment of losing the League Cup Final to Celtic by beating the same opponents on Wednesday night.
The two sides go head to head once again at Parkhead in their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay.
The Hoops will start as firm favourites to continue their pursuit of a domestic treble but Rankin believes United can triumph against the odds.
He said: “We are looking forward to Wednesday and there is a determination in the dressing-room to go and put things right.
“Today we played with 10 men and for spells I thought we did really well.
“Our 18,000 supporters were right behind us and hopefully we gave them something to go home and be proud of today.
“Obviously we didn’t win the trophy but if they get behind us on Wednesday night . . . as I said, there is a real determination to get through to the next round of the cup.”
Rankin believes that United were not given a fair rub of the green at Hampden particularly when referee Bobby Madden refused to award a penalty after Scott Brown sent Ryan Dow tumbling in the Celtic box in the first half.
He said: “I don’t think we got what we merited today.
“I thought we were doing all right with just 10 men but then they got the second sucker punch.
“We threw the kitchen sink at it but it just wasn’t to be.”
When asked if he felt United should have had a spot-kick, Rankin insisted: “Definitely. Ryan had driven into their box and from my angle there is a hand in his back. To me it looked a penalty straight away but the official has different view of it.
“I think it is a penalty but at the end of the day it wasn’t given so we just have to deal with it.”