McManus keen to seize moment
Stephen McManus is relishing the challenge of facing Rangers in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.
Last Updated: 12/03/09 10:27am
Celtic captain Stephen McManus is relishing the challenge of facing Rangers in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.
It is the first final between the Old Firm clubs for six years and McManus is looking forward to leading his men out at Hampden Park.
The defender is determined to enjoy the occasion and hopes the match will live up to expectations and provide plenty of excitement.
"It's the first one a lot of us have played in," said the 26-year-old. "It will be a proud moment but it's more important for the team.
"It's a great occasion. We are not going to be footballers for all of our days so you want to make the most of these moments and play in big games.
"You remember Celtic-Rangers games because they are the two most popular teams.
"Hopefully it's a good occasion and hopefully the game is fast and flowing and it's end to end."
Celtic were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by St Mirren last Saturday but McManus insists the shock defeat will have no impact on the clash with Rangers.
He explained: "We were devastated but it's done. You come in on Monday and move on.
"You can't win everything you enter. This is the first cup final of the season and you're glad to be part of it.
"We've got the same hunger, the same desire and passion every game."