Dundee United goalkeeper Rado Cierzniak is predicting cup revenge for his team because of Celtic complacency.
The Tangerines have to pick themselves up from the deep disappointment of losing the League Cup final and go again against the Hoops tomorrow night in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at Parkhead.
It is a daunting task once again for the Tannadice team but Cierzniak believes they will benefit from Celtic thinking it’s already a case of job done in the wake of the 2-0 victory for Ronny Deila’s men at Hampden on Sunday.
Cierzniak, who is on a run of two consecutive penalty stops against the Celts after saving from both Leigh Griffiths and James Forrest, said: “We are thinking about Wednesday now I think we can beat them because Celtic will think, at the moment, that it is easy to beat us.
“So I really believe we can get a good result at Celtic Park.
“They can think what they want but I believe we can win and get back to Hampden for the semi-final (against Inverness Caley Thistle).
“The motivation is strong for us and everything is possible in this game.”
Cierzniak revealed he has done his homework on the Hoops’ penalty takers so United might become favourites tomorrow if the game goes to a shootout.
“I know the Celtic players well and have analysed them and their penalties,” he said.
“But I would prefer to win without having to save another one!
“No, seriously, if I can help my team get through in the cup-tie by saving a penalty again then that will be great.”
Although looking forward to the Scottish Cup clash, Cierzniak also reflected upon the League Cup final and bemoaned 10-man United’s lack of fortune.
“I got a touch on the ball at their first goal and sometimes goalkeepers need luck when they make saves,” he added.
“Sadly for me, it went back to the Celtic player (Kris Commons) and ended up a goal.
“We just didn’t get luck,” added the goalie, who then watched as skipper Sean Dillon was sent off for a tackle on Emilio Izaguirre.
“My opinion on that was that it should have been a yellow (card) but I didn’t see it properly.
“That decision killed the game and it was not easy for us after that.
“It is hard enough against Celtic when it is 11 against 11 because they have good possession and play nice passes.
“But I think the referee (Bobby Madden) is one of the best referees in the league and I don’t want to criticise him.”