- Hoops still in seventh heaven despite trophy day defeat
Celtic - 0
Aberdeen - 1 (Considine, 47)
Celtic Park, Glasgow
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.
Scott Brown lifts a 7th consecutive title trophy
Next week, Brendan Rodgers and his side will be looking to overcome a Motherwell side who have enjoyed a successful campaign in their right, in order to record a historical double treble and win Rodgers his 6th trophy – a clean sweep – since his arrival to the current kings of Scotland two years ago.
While there may be cause for concern among some Celtic fans with recent results being inconsistent at best – the fact remains that when it has really mattered domestically, under Brendan Rodgers; the team is a different animal. Since his arrival to the club, they have won four out of four semi final’s at Hampden, as well as three finals with one pending. When there has been talk of a challenge or rivalry on the domestic scene – whether it be from Aberdeen or Rangers, it has been quickly halted with big performances and results.
It is football however, and the nature of the game will give Motherwell the required encouragement and belief that they can overhaul an otherwise dominant Celtic team and achieve some history of their own. Motherwell haven’t won a Scottish cup sine 1991 and have only done so twice in their entire history. The last time they appeared in a final was in 2011, when a Neil Lennon inspired Parkhead side defeated them 3-0 to give the Lurgan man his first piece of silverware as Hoops boss. The Steelmen will be will be desperate to avoid similar fate and achieve their third Scottish Cup victory.
The Hoops will be looking to emulate their Hampden success earlier in the season and secure the treble
While the treble is very much on the cards next week – Celtic fans the world over can rest easy having witness their team celebrate a seventh consecutive title – leaving the club three titles away from winning the much coveted ten in a row – something which has never been done by any other Scottish team.