Matthews plays down pressure

Wales international looking forward to success in league cup

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Celtic defender Adam Matthews insists they are not under more pressure to win the Scottish Cup now that Rangers are out.

Gers were absent from the quarter-final draw at Hampden Park after they were beaten by Dundee United on Sunday.

Celtic were drawn against Inverness as they stay on course to win the treble in Scotland.

But, as far as Matthews is concerned, the demands for success at the Hoops are high regardless of whether Rangers are able to mount a challenge.

Expectations

"When you are at a club like Celtic, there are expectations anyway," explained Matthews.

"It doesn't matter if Rangers are in or out. The pressure is still there.

"It was there at the start of the cup and it's still there now.

"The players enjoy playing with that pressure and will be looking forward to the game."

Progressing

He added: "We are just taking it one game at a time but obviously it makes the competition easier now that Rangers are out.

"There are still some good teams in there and Dundee United is going to be a tough game.

"I think if we get through this one, we've got a good chance of progressing to the final."