Partick Thistle forward Kris Doolan believes that his team are more than capable of beating Celtic in the Scottish Cup last sixteen meeting between the sides.
The Jags man claims that the Hoops have been distracted by their upcoming Europa League tie against Zenit and he and his team-mates are more than capable of taking advantage of that.
“I’m sure Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic players will have an eye on the European tie,” he said, as quoted by the Herald.
“I’ve no doubt they will have their focus on the cup game but I’m sure they will still be looking towards Zenit. European football is where Celtic are judged and hopefully we can catch them off guard.”
The Scottish Cup tie is the fourth meeting of the season between the Hoops and their Glasgow rivals, with the Bhoys winning all three previous meetings so far.
An Olivier Ntcham goal gave the Bhoys a 1-0 win at Firhill in August, whilst goals from Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney picked the points for the Bhoys at Celtic Park in December.
In the most recent meeting between the teams, a Conor Sammon goal gave Partick a half-time lead before goals from Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths secured a Hoops victory.
Griffiths, the match winner in the last game, is set to miss the Scottish Cup tie because of a recurrence of a calf injury.
The Bhoys won the Scottish Cup last season in dramatic fashion, Tom Rogic’s goal winning the match in injury time against Aberdeen, and if they defeat Partick they are only three games away from successfully defending their trophy.
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