Celtic midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven calls for response

Celtic Gary Mackay-Steven Scottish League Cup

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Gary Mackay-Steven has told his Celtic team-mates to forget about their cup disappointment quickly and ensure they return to winning ways on Wednesday in the Scottish Premiership.

The Bhoys suffered a shock exit in the League Cup semi-final on Sunday as they were defeated 3-1 by Ross County at the penultimate hurdle.

Mackay-Steven had opened the scoring inside the first minute of the match but a red card for Efe Ambrose, which resulted in a penalty being given away, turned the game on its head and they ended up exiting the competition.

It was a huge blow for manager Ronny Deila, who was already under pressure this season after the club were knocked out of the Europa League following some dismal performances.

The hopes of a treble-winning campaign have been dashed once again and patience is said to be getting thinner with the current boss.

However, Celtic are still top of the league by six points and they have a crucial match against second place Aberdeen on Wednesday at Pittodrie.

The hosts will be hoping to close the gap on the leaders but Mackay-Steven, who has earned one cap for Scotland, is adamant his side are focused on putting the Ross County result to one side.

“There is still a lot to play for and there is no bigger game to play straight after this than on Wednesday against Aberdeen,” he said. “We are looking to bounce back in that.”

Aberdeen are quoted 4.50 in the match betting, the draw is priced at 3.60 while the visitors are available to back at 1.75 to extend their advantage at the top to nine points.

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