17.04.2015 02:23 h

Celtic gunning for Scottish Cup glory

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths hopes his perfect record at Hampden sets the Hoops up for victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

The Scotland striker has made two semi-final appearances at the national stadium and has triumphed in both.

Griffiths is looking to make it a hat-trick of cup final appearances, but knows his side will face a tough task to overcome opponents Inverness.

The Glasgow giants were held to a 1-1 draw at the Caledonian Stadium last weekend when the sides met on league duty and the Celtic striker is expecting a tricky tie at Hampden.

"I've played in two and I've won two so hopefully I can continue that. But Inverness will come and make it difficult for us," Griffiths said.

"They proved that at the weekend and showed they will be hard to beat. Every game has been difficult against them and I'm expecting the same again on Sunday."

Griffiths grabbed the winner in former club Hibernian's 4-3 Scottish Cup semi-final in 2013 before helping himself to a goal in Celtic's 2-0 defeat of rivals Rangers in March's League Cup last four clash.

While the striker has set his sights on another Hampden goal on Sunday, he insists he would sacrifice it for a Celtic victory which would be another huge step towards claiming a historic domestic treble.

"I'll be looking to score again on Sunday, but I think the most important thing is for the team to get to the Scottish Cup final," Griffiths said.

"We are doing well in the league, we're eight points clear again and we want to go for that treble.

"There is still a long way to go and there's some difficult games coming up, especially Sunday and Inverness are standing in our way of potentially achieving a very, very good season. "

Inverness are on a four game winless run, but have a good record against the Hoops with a win and a draw at home against Ronny Deila's side while narrowly losing 1-0 at Celtic Park.

And manager John Hughes is hopeful his side, who reached last season's League Cup final, can pull off a shock against Celtic.

"It's a formidable task but we can beat them," the Inverness manager said.

"I don't know why but there's something in the water. I might be wrong and it's dangerous to dream.

"But something just tells me there might be a shock on Sunday."

Saturday's semi-final will be an all Championship affair as Hibernian take on Falkirk.

Hibs are attempting to reach their third final in four years, but they have yet to beat their opponents in three attempts in the league during this campaign.

And after beating city rivals Hearts for the first time this season, manager Alan Stubbs is optimistic they can banish another unwanted record against Falkirk as the Easter Road club chase their first Scottish Cup success for 113 years.

"Hopefully we can put two stats right in the space of two games, because we hadn't beaten Hearts before Sunday. It's the same with Falkirk this weekend. It's different because of the circumstances of the game. It's about playing at Hampden, where some players won't have played before," the Hibs manager said.

"I think we have performed OK against them, but I'm very aware that it will be a really difficult game, one where we'll need to be at our best. There's obviously a lot at stake - the chance to get to the final of the most prestigious cup competition in Scotland. It's a huge carrot dangling in front of us."

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