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Everton's Steven Naismith. Picture: Phil Noble/REUTERS

Everton's Steven Naismith. Picture: Phil Noble/REUTERS

Everton's Steven Naismith. Picture: Phil Noble/REUTERS

SCOTLAND star Steven Naismith believes that home fans will focus on cheering and not jeering at Celtic Park tomorrow night and will leave his Everton team-mates Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy alone.

As McCarthy aims to win his fitness battle in time for tomorrow's game, much of the attention in Ireland has focused on the likely reception in Glasgow for Scottish-born players McGeady and McCarthy.

But Toffees man Naismith (below) says it's not such a big deal here in Glasgow.

"The Tartan Army are fantastic, they come and support us and make such a noise. When they turn up on Friday night their main concern will be 'let's back the team and get a win, let's keep this fantastic run going'. They'll not be thinking about anything else," said the former Rangers man.

"If we are playing well and creating chance after chance the fans won't be thinking about the other team. I think it's an easy thing to jump on and talk about. Every away ground I play in, the fans boo and shout, it's the norm, 95% of the stadium will be backing us.

"Players are different, I thrived on it, I liked it and enjoyed it and I can't see it being that big a deal. When the game starts everyone will be like 'come on Scotland, get a good result'. It's not about anything else," added Naismith, hoping to inflict defeat on his Everton pals.

"When we go into the game I want us to win and them to lose. We will go back to our clubs after the game and talk about the match, I think we will be talking about the result and how everyone played instead of anything else."

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