CELTIC striker Stefan Scepovic admits he looks at the calendar every day to count down to the 'madhouse' Old Firm showdown next year.

The Serbian hitman has been an inconsistent performer for Ronny Deila's side - he last started a Premiership game in October.

But he netted twice against Dinamo Zagreb in the recent dead rubber Europa League game.

He's been linked with a move back to Spanish football, with Levante trying to arrange a loan move.

However, Scepovic is desperate to stay in Glasgow and can't wait to experience the thrill of an Old Firm game when Celtic face Rangers in the League Cup semi-final at Hampden.

Scepovic said: "Everyone always talks about the Old Firm game. It gives me the creeps because everyone tells me about what a madhouse it will be in Glasgow that day!

"They say to me it will be incredible in the days leading up to the match and the game will be a mini war, but you have a chance in those 90 minutes to instantly become a club legend.

"Every day I look at the calendar and see how many days it is until the Old Firm derby.

"With Rangers not in the top league, it has been difficult for football to get sponsorship and that's affected the budgets of other teams.

"I think we need Rangers back - and Hearts too because it would lift the quality of the competition.

"For my own situation, I am very calm, reasonable and patient. I believe in myself and train hard and at no point have I thought that I made a mistake in choosing the club.

"There are several reasons why I have not played regularly. We use John Guidetti mostly and also this is my debut season in Scottish football . . . I am still getting used to it."

And Scepovic is convinced he will only get better as he continues to adjust to life on and off the pitch in Glasgow.

He said: "I get on very well with the manager Ronny Deila. He's a very approachable man, very open to communication with everyone, not just with me.

"You can always go and ask for an explanation or advice.

"But I believe I am improving all the time.

"I've got no intention of moving from this club. It's a real football club and the city and the country love the game.

"Celtic have a fascinating history with an amazing support - they once took 150,000 to the UEFA Cup Final with Porto even though most couldn't get into the stadium.

"I feel good where I am and want to succeed at this stage of his career. I'll certainly remain after June.

"The fans are strict, but fair. They will forgive you millions of bad passes, crosses or misses.

"But if they feel you haven't given 100 per cent or lack strength and motivation, they will be merciless."