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Celtic vs. Motherwell

Scottish Cup Final

Saturday 19th May

Kick-off: 3pm

BBC One Scotland & Sky Sports Football



This Saturday, Celtic once again find themselves presented with the opportunity to make history. This time last year we witnessed the Invincible Treble, whilst this time around it’s the potential of a feat no other team has achieved in the history of the Scottish game – a back to back treble.

Saturday’s final will certainly have something of a déjà vu like feel to it, as, much like November’s League Cup final, Celtic once again find themselves facing Motherwell.

It was a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory for the Bhoys on that day, but football’s an unpredictable game and cup finals have been known to bring about some shocks over the years. While Celtic will be sure they have what it takes to clinch the treble, Motherwell will undoubtedly be eager to get some payback for the League Cup and walk away with some silverware in the process.

Celtic

Brendan Rodgers will be keen to continue his domestic trophy winning streak as Celtic manager and an important part of ensuring that happens is getting his team selection for Saturday right.

In his pre-match interview last Sunday, the manager stated that he already knew his starting eleven for Saturday’s final. So could the team we saw against Aberdeen be the same one that lines up this weekend, or could we potentially be in for a few surprises?

Perhaps the first question regarding the potential line-up for the final, is just who will start in goal - Craig Gordon or Scott Bain? Whilst Bain has certainly performed well when called upon, earning himself a four year contract in the process, it’s still up in the air whether or not the manager truly fancies him as Celtic’s new no.1. In...
Hoops still in seventh heaven despite trophy day defeat

Celtic - 0
Aberdeen - 1 (Considine, 47)


Celtic Park, Glasgow
13th May
SPFL


Celtic rounded off the 2017/18 league season with a fairly feeble performance against Aberdeen, who managed to secure second position in the league on the final day of the campaign. In a season in which Celtic can win a second consecutive domestic trouble next Sunday, it was evident that Brendan Rodgers’ players mind’s laid elsewhere, Aberdeen managed to pip Rangers to becoming second best team in the country, after the Ibrox side threw away a 3-5 lead to Hibernian to draw 5-5.

In a game in which the Hoops had the lions share of possession and the more shots between the two, it was Andy Considine’s 47th minute strike that was the difference – a left footed driven shot into the bottom left corner, after some good work by Kenny McLean was enough to beat Scott Bain and give the Dons the victory.

While it could be argued that Celtic have dropped an alarming amount of points at home in the league this season, few could argue that a seventh successive SPFL title and a possible second treble in a row could be deemed unsuccessful. The reality is, despite some hiccups on the way – Celtic have been the dominant side in the country this season and when it has really matter, they have duly performed. This was significantly evident in the recent drubbings of Glasgow rivals Rangers, in which the bhoys thumped them 4-0 at Hampden to secure place in the Scottish cup final on Sunday – along with the 5-0 hammering of the Ibrox side at Parkhead to secure the league title two weeks ago.

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Scott Brown lifts a 7th consecutive title trophy

Next week, Brendan Rodgers and his side will be looking to overcome a Motherwell side...​
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Edouard (14' and 41'), Forrest (45'), Rogic (47'), McGregor (53')

Celtic Park
Sunday 29th April 2018


Now that is how you seal the league!

After a disappointing result last weekend at Easter Road, Celtic were presented with the opportunity to wrap up their seventh consecutive league title in the Glasgow Derby, in front of their own fans. A situation the SPFL had desperately tried to avoid. The added pressure certainly did not faze the Hoops as they ran riot and dominated from start to finish.

The surprise inclusion in the Celtic line-up was Odsonne Edouard, the man who struck the winning goal only a month ago at Ibrox. Moussa Dembele missed out through injury, which paved the way for his fellow Frenchman to get his first start in this fixture. He was the only change from the team that hammered Rangers 4-0 on April 15th.

It was expected that Rangers would come out fighting after their dreadful display two weeks ago, however they could not get close to their opponents in the early stages. The early Celtic pressure paid off in the 14th minute. After some good work out on the left by McGregor, the ball fell to Tierney who skipped past Candeias and drilled a cut back straight to Edouard who only had to tap the ball in from 6 yards out. The Frenchman was off to a flier, and it was a sign of things to come.

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Edouard opens the scoring after good work from Tierney.

Celtic could have been 2 or 3 goals up within the first 25 minutes, however just as the tempo of the game had slightly dropped and the half was winding down, the second...
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Rodgers' Celts have a stranglehold over their rivals and will look to create yet more history this weekend
Getting one over your fiercest rivals tends to be sweet at the best of times. Indeed, thumping their next door neighbours has become somewhat of a familiarity for this Celtic team over the past few years, with last week's dominant 4-0 Cup win being the 10th straight undefeated game against Murty's mob. This coming Sunday however, Brendan Rodgers' record breaking side have yet another opportunity to write their names into the history books. With a win against Rangers, the Hoops will seal 7-in-a-row, not only taking a step closer to the mystical '10' AND -potentially- a back to back treble, but also rubbing their rivals' noses firmly in it in front of a packed out Celtic Park.

Undoubtedly, both the players and manager will have been dissapointed at failing to seal the trophy against Hibs at the weekend (despite what any conspiracy theorists might think). It was a very below average performance, in what has been a season full of inconsistency problems, which is perhaps not overly surprising considering the side's insane exploits last term. Many of the big hitters from the Invincible season have struggled to regain their blistering form, with Scott Sinclair looking particularly out of sorts of late, despite his statistics once again proving to be impressive. By Rodgers' own admission, the football has not always been what we had come to expect following the often all action, swashbuckling style witnessed in 16/17. On Saturday Lennon appeared to have Celtic 'sussed', the team failing to ever really get into their stride, with the Leith...
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... having run riot at iBrokes.

The Champions proved why they're the dominant force in Scotland in last week's derby clash, and continue on their travels in the Premiership to Motherwell on Sunday.

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

The game against Scotland's shame last Sunday had even the most composed of Celtic fans on the edge of their seat. In a thrilling contest between 1st and 2nd place, the Hoops twice came from behind with goals from Tom Rogic, Moussa Dembele, and on-loan substitute Odsonne Edouard to win the match, despite being down to 10 men following Jozo Simunovic's dismissal.

It was a game that had been built up by the media as a chance for The Rangers to put pressure on Celtic in the title race, and many inside the Govan side's camp had the same optimistic outlook. However, a determined and resilient show from the away team had them and the ecstatic supporters bouncing and looking as strong as ever to cope with the demands of a championship run-in.

The win sent Celtic 8 points clear on 67, with their nearest rivals having played a game more - a comfortable lead to take into the back 9 of the league.

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10 men Celts get fourth straight win at Ibrox.

Motherwell v Celtic

The Steelmen face the men in green for the first time since a treble-header back in late November / early December, which included the Betfred Cup final win for the Hoops. The other results, a 1-1 draw at Fir Park, and a 5-1 trouncing at Celtic Park in the third meeting compounding...