Inverness CT: No sense of fear ahead of semi-final - Greg Tansey

Inverness Caledonian Thistle drew 1-1 at home to Celtic last weekend
Inverness Caledonian Thistle drew 1-1 at home to Celtic last weekend
Scottish Cup semi-final: Inverness CT v Celtic
Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Sunday, 19 April Kick-off: 12:15 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland. Live text & radio coverage on the BBC Sport website

Inverness Caley Thistle will have no fear going up against Celtic as the Highlanders aim for a first Scottish Cup final, according to Greg Tansey.

"If we play to our potential on the day, we believe we are a match for anyone in the league," Tansey told BBC Scotland ahead on Sunday's semi-final.

"That's all we worry about.

"We know Celtic are the best side in Scotland but we're just concentrating on making sure we come out firing on all cylinders."

Caley Thistle have beaten Celtic already this season, prevailing 1-0 at home in August, and the teams played out a scruffy 1-1 draw at the same venue last weekend.

A bumpy surface and strong wind made life difficult in Inverness and midfielder Tansey insists the semi-final underdogs are looking forward to improved conditions at the national stadium.

"The pitch at Hampden is very good, so that's going to suit us," added the 26-year-old midfielder.

"It was the same for Celtic, we struggled to knock the ball around and that was frustrating."

Inverness were runners-up in the League Cup final last season and are still searching for their first taste of major silverware, while their opponents are aiming for a domestic clean sweep this season and a 37th Scottish Cup victory.

But Tansey does not think his team-mates will be apprehensive or tense on Sunday.

"There's no need to get nervous for a semi-final, you can maybe understand it for a final," said the Englishman.

"This time it's nothing to lose, if you get beat, you get beat. But we are fully focused on winning the game.

"There's no sense of fear. We've had our fair share of results against Celtic this season.

"It's more of an inspiration really, to take the club where we haven't been before and win our first trophy."

Inverness manager John Hughes
Inverness CT manager John Hughes played for the other semi-finalists: Celtic, Hibs and Falkirk

Manager John Hughes, a former Celtic defender, likened the Hampden date to a "home game" for the Glasgow giants.

"It's intimidating playing Celtic at the best of times but in the national stadium we need to settle very quickly," he explained.

"If we can keep the back door shut for as long as we can, we'll give ourselves a chance.

"The boys have earned the right to be there and give Celtic a real game.

"And the pressure might just be more on Celtic, you never know. They are going for the treble after all."

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