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McCourt: No danger of arrogance

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Celtic winger Paddy McCourt is adamant there will be no over-confidence ahead of Sunday's Old Firm derby - just a determination to keep pushing to end the club's two-year spell without a trophy.

The Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders are firm favourites with bookmakers ahead of the visit of Rangers following their impressive display with 10 men during the recent Scottish Cup draw at Ibrox.

The Northern Ireland international said: "The mood is good, the lads are on an unbeaten 16-game run so confidence is high, but we try not to turn that into arrogance, we try to keep it level-headed. There is no arrogance coming out of the dressing room."

He added: "There is confidence there but the last thing you want is for that to turn into arrogance, and I'm sure the management staff won't let that happen.

"It is still neck and neck for the title and Rangers are still in all three (domestic) competitions.

"It would be a bit stupid if we thought we were the best thing since sliced bread without actually winning anything."

McCourt feels a personal pressure to help Celtic deliver trophies as they battle Rangers in three competitions, with a Co-operative Insurance Cup final and Scottish Cup replay to come next month.

"When you come to a club like this, the one thing you come here for is to win trophies," McCourt added.

"If you're not doing that there's no point being here.

"It's two years I have been here and I haven't won anything yet so I'm hoping this is going to be the year I can collect a bit of silverware."

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