Ryan McGowan insists the Dundee United squad will rally round skipper Sean Dillon after his heartache at Hampden.
The Irishman had a day to forget as Celtic claimed the Scottish League Cup with a 2-0 triumph.
He spent six minutes off the pitch having treatment on a leg wound caused by Hoops defender Virgil van Dijk’s first-half tackle.
But by the time he came back on, Kris Commons had swept Celtic ahead.
He then lasted just 10 minutes of the second 45 before being shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Parkhead full-back Emilo Izaguirre.
But Australian inter-national McGowan tipped Dillon to pick himself up off the floor and insists the other players will do it for him in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup quarter-final replay with Ronny Deila’s men.
He said: “I feel for Dillo. He got a bad injury in the first half and came back on then ends up getting sent off.
“It just seems these days that you can’t just foul somebody and have a free-kick given. It always seems to be a yellow or red card.
“I haven’t seen the tackle back yet to be fair so I would like to see it again.
“Sean has been a terrific player for us. He’s the club captain so it was a big loss for us when he went off, not just as a player but we missed his leadership and encouragement too.
“But I don’t think he will let this disappointment affect him too much. I expect him to bounce back quickly. If he doesn’t then it is up to us as his team-mates to lift him up.
“We’ve got another huge game on Wednesday and if we win, it would arguably be better than Sunday’s match.”