Venus: No excuses if Bhoys lose

19 January 2010 09:12
Celtic travel to Cappielow for a fourth-round tie that has already been postponed twice due to the big freeze.[LNB]Their injury woes have increased in the meantime, with Scott McDonald, Stephen McManus, Danny Fox and Ki Sung-Yeung joining Scott Brown and Shaun Maloney on the sidelines.[LNB]They are also not in the best form, having won only one of their last five games in all competitions.[LNB]But Venus said: "We're ready for the game. We've got X amount of footballers at the football club, we want the game to be on.[LNB]"There are no excuses at all."[LNB]Venus, who was also Tony Mowbray's right-hand man at Hibernian between 2004 and 2006, admits Cappielow will be "a little bit foreign" for some of Celtic's players.[LNB]"I've not been to Morton since I was last in Scotland," he said.[LNB]"It's an old-fashioned stadium, it should have an old-fashioned cup atmosphere, which should be good.[LNB]"Players should enjoy playing the games. I used to enjoy it and I hope they do."[LNB]Midfielder Marc Crosas also expects unfamiliar opposition to be a problem for Mowbray's men, but he added: "Every game is difficult, even if you know the players or you know how they play."[LNB]The Spaniard believes the format of the Scottish Cup gives lower-league sides a better chance of an upset than its sister competition in his homeland.[LNB]He said of the two-legged Copa del Rey: "It's a bit different because you play two games every tie.[LNB]"The small teams don't have the same chances they can have in a tie like that here in Scotland."[LNB]Meanwhile, Neil MacFarlane will urge his Morton team-mates to set their sights higher than knocking Celtic out of the tournament.[LNB]The Ton midfielder, 32, went all the way to the final with fellow First Division side Queen of the South in 2008 only to lose to Rangers at Hampden.[LNB]And the former Hearts and Gretna player believes this clash could be a stepping stone to another thrilling cup run.[LNB]MacFarlane said: "We've got to believe that we can go on a run to the final.[LNB]"We've knocked out Dumbarton and we have been given a plum tie at home against Celtic and if we win then who knows what could happen, we could go on a run.[LNB]"We have to look after this game against Celtic first and it's going to be a huge game but we have to believe in ourselves that we can do it."[LNB][LNB] Celtic 1/6, Draw 6/1, Morton 14/1  

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