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Celtic's McDonald: China trip won't hurt Old Firm form

"At Celtic and Rangers you play until the last minute," the Australian said. "You put pressure on teams. If a team is winning or drawing they go further and further back because they are so under pressure, and the fans are on top of them. You just keep believing and keep going until the final whistle."

Meanwhile, McDonald says his commitment to Australia's World Cup qualifier in China next week won't affect his form for Celtic's clash at Rangers.

"I played in Australia on a Tuesday, came back on the Thursday and scored twice on the Sunday against Aberdeen, so as long as I look after myself I will be okay," he said with the enthusiasm of youth.

"I have had lung tests and even an asthma pump to get used to playing above sea level in China. The medical staff are second to none at Australia. They have to be because if players come back jaded or injured, the clubs will be less inclined to let you go in future."

Hoops boss Gordon Strachan has no qualms over his greatest goalscoring asset gallivanting half way across the world on international business before such a crucial league fixture.

"He is used to it by now and, anyway, it's not really about physical fitness, it is how you feel mentally," said the manager. "So many teams go through the same thing that it is not such a big problem any more."

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