Neilson unconcerned with Celtic

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Defender Robbie Neilson has backed his Dundee United team-mates to perform in Saturday's trip to Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Celtic.

Celtic's recent 10-match winning run in the SPL is deemed irrelevant by Neilson, who believes the wide expanses of Parkhead will suit United's young team, high in confidence following their 6-2 Scottish Cup win at Airdrie.

Neilson said: "They're doing well, but it's always an enjoyable place to go."

He added: "I don't even know what their run is - it doesn't really matter to us when you go there and play.

"Whether they're on a three-game losing streak or a 10-game winning streak, it doesn't really bother us.

"It doesn't really come into our focus at all. It's about going there and us performing at our best.

"We've got some good young players and hopefully on the big stage they'll do well. They will get some space on a big pitch and it will suit their game."

Seven days after the rout of Irn Bru Second Division Airdrie, in which Johnny Russell netted a hat-trick, United face a completely different prospect at Parkhead.

"It's a big step up, it's a big difference going from one week to the next," added Neilson, who missed the Airdrie match but is set to return.

"But I'm sure we'll be able to perform and we'll be confident going there."

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