Dundee boss Neil McCann is expecting a “warm welcome” from Celtic fans tonight as his side take on Brendon Rodgers’ men in the Betfred Cup.
The Dee gaffer also revealed he has been subjected to “disgusting” abuse from the Hoops’ faithful over the years, due to his Rangers’ connection.
McCann started his career at Dens Park before joining Rangers in 1998 following a two year-stint at Hearts.
In 1999, he grabbed a brace against the Bhoys to clinch the SPL title for the Ibrox side.
Since then, the 43-year-old hasn’t been the most popular among the Celtic fans.
He said: “I expect a nice cheery, warm welcome.
“It’s never changed since I’ve been playing football. I get the same adulation from the Celtic fans.
“There’s nothing they can say to me that I haven’t heard before.
“I’ve heard some disgusting, despicable things but nothing they say will bother me.”
The Dark Blues’ gaffer goes in to the tough task against the current League Cup holders in buoyant mood after claiming the side’s first win of the league season against St Johnstone.
McCann feels his side are up to the task of ending Celtic’s 55-game unbeaten run.
He said: “It’s about whether our players really believe inside that they are good enough to step up and play against Celtic. I do, 100 per cent.”
The Dee boss is no stranger to League Cup glory, sending Dundee into the 1995 League Cup final with a spectacular winner against Airdrie before a 2-0 defeat by Aberdeen left them still searching for their first major trophy since the 1974 triumph in the same competition.
McCann added: “I got to the final with Dundee in ’95 and unfortunately I had quite a bad injury playing in that final, and I regret that to this day, that I didn’t do myself justice, and I don’t think we did ourselves justice in that cup final.
“But scoring the winner in the semi-final and seeing what it meant to the city, and I think it had a great impact on the club financially, I know what those types of cup runs can do.
“If we can bring a bit of silverware to this city it will be revered and the players will be revered too. It’s early days before we can be looked upon as a constant to get to those stages but it’s got to start somewhere.”