Hughes ready for Celtic backlash
Inverness boss John Hughes reckons Saturday's trip to Celtic Park is the perfect dress rehearsal for next month's League Cup final.
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The Highlanders will face Aberdeen on March 16 on neutral ground at Parkhead as they look to claim their first-ever major trophy.
But before that, they must take on a Celtic side still hurting from their first Scottish Premiership defeat of the season following the Dons' 2-1 success at Pittodrie on Tuesday night.
Hughes' men, meanwhile, are still on a high after their 3-0 derby success against Ross County that same night but the Caley Thistle boss knows the Hoops will come out swinging on Saturday.
However, the former Celtic defender believes that will only prepare his side for their date with destiny.
He told CaleyJagsTV: "We can expect a backlash from Celtic. I had the privilege of playing for the great club and very rarely did they go back-to-back games suffering defeats.
"If they do lose a match, it is imperative for their players that they get back to winning ways.
"But the match will give us a right good taste of the atmosphere before the cup final.
"It has to inspire you, collectively and individually. As a player, you must want to go there to that stage, play against the best players in Scotland and show them how good you are.
"They need to show their mental toughness. If you are a shrinking violet, you shouldn't be putting that Inverness strip on.
"We need to go there, stick together and give it a right good go. If we do that then, hopefully, Celtic will know they have been in a game and who knows, with the way that we can go about our business, it might just go our way."