Defender Charlie Mulgrew believes Celtic have been handed the ideal opportunity to exorcise the ghosts of their last meeting with Ross County after both teams were paired together in the Scottish Communities League Cup.

The Hoops were famously dumped out of the Scottish Cup in April 2010 by the Highlanders, who booked their place in the final at Hampden with a 2-0 win and left then interim boss Neil Lennon's men facing the prospect of ending the season without a single trophy.

Mulgrew said: "It was a disappointing day for the club. But it's a different team, the manager has been a bit longer in the job now. It will be at the back of a couple of players' minds but we will just take it as another game and we will go up there and get a result."

He added: "We will hear a lot about it in the build-up to the game but we've just got to approach it like any other game.

"Hopefully we can go there and win and get the result and go through. At a club like Celtic every game is important, even the friendlies. This game will be no different and we will be looking to win it."

Mulgrew, along with Emilio Izaguirre, signed a new deal with Celtic at the weekend, which keeps him at the club until 2015. He paid tribute to boss Lennon for showing faith in his abilities and vowed to repay that faith with his performances on the pitch.

He said: "It gives you a lot of confidence that the manager has that belief in you so hopefully we can go on and win games for Celtic and win more trophies."

The ties will be played on September 20 or 21.

The draw for the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup:

St Johnstone v St Mirren, Ross County v Celtic, Kilmarnock v Queen of the South, Falkirk v Rangers, Motherwell v Hibernian, Ayr United v Hearts, Aberdeen v East Fife, Airdrie United v Dundee United.

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