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There have been many comments made about this year, but this will be a Scottish Cup Final like no other. There will be no fans, and it is being held 5 days before Christmas instead of it's usual time of the year when it is the end of season glamour showpiece.

The Scottish Cup is a tournament that has been running since 1873, and during that time not one club has ever won it 4 times in a row. Celtic have the chance to be the first team in 147 years to achieve that accolade. We have won the trophy 39 times so far - more than any other club, and will hopefully become the first to reach 40 wins.

Along with the cup history, this victory would see Celtic become the first team globally to win 4 domestic trebles in a row. That is potentially, quite an achievement, as cup competitions are notoriously uncompromising. One off day and the record is gone, as was proven recently when we lost in the League Cup to Ross County.

The big question pre-match was how many of the youngsters who had...
Scottish Professional Football League

Sunday 13th December

Celtic Park. K.O. 3pm

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A return to League duty after an impressive win and performance against Lille on Thursday night in the Europa League. Today’s opponents Kilmarnock had already claimed points against us with a draw back in August and also a chance for the Bhoys to win two games back to back since the first week in October. Neil Lennon kept faith with the fringe players he brought in for a tremendous job against the French. Conor Hazard in goals and Soro and Turnbull taking the field was a welcome sight for the support who have endured so much turmoil in the recent past. Greg Taylor also made a start ahead of Laxalt on the left and Shane Duffy the preferred partner with Jullien in centre defence with Ajer moved to right back.

The Celts started the game with their intentions firm with an immediate attack that...
All Our Celtic Yesterdays - 1971, Part Two

The summer of 1971 was long, hot, and very pleasant. As the summer trundled on, our attention was diverted by other sporting events; at Wimbledon in June and July, Australia’s John Newcombe won his third Men’s Singles title, beating American Stan Smith in five sets. The happy-go-lucky young Aussie Evonne Goolagong emerged from nowhere to beat her compatriot, the defending Ladies’ champion Margaret Court in straight sets in the Ladies final, and later in July Lee “Supermex” Trevino won the first of his two Open Championships at Birkdale, beating popular “Mr Lu”, Lu Liang Huan of Taiwan into second place, and England’s Tony Jacklin into third. Lu was tied for the lead and playing well until his drive at the 17th struck a woman spectator on the head and injured her; the gentlemanly Lu, who wore a straw trilby hat, was distraught and bogeyed the hole. Trevino, never slow to exploit an opponent’s misfortune, safely parred the last two...
All Our Celtic Yesterdays - 1971, Part 1

The year 1971, in the context of Scottish football, began with the awful tragedy at Ibrox on 2nd January, when 66 poor souls died in the ghastly crush on stairway 13 at the Rangers (Copland Road) end of the ground. The events of that dark, foggy day have been chronicled many times elsewhere, so I will only make this observation: there, but for the grace of * and the order in which the goals were scored, could have gone you or I. I was at the match, and like most of our deflated support, trooped down the steep terrace steps and away from the ground completely unaware of the tragedy unfolding at the other end. In those days, without the instant dissemination of news that we take for granted now, it was not until later in the evening that we heard of the disaster. I had wondered as I walked home why so many ambulances were heading the other way, but assumed it was a road accident. It was of course much, much worse than that.

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October was a hectic schedule in regards to our beloved Hoops and let’s be brutal it was anything but pretty. We started the month in Sarajevo for the final qualifying round for entry to Europa league group stages and just scraped it 0-1. From here we moved onto Perth three days later in league duty against St.Johnstone where we left it very late to win 0-2 and goals coming from late subs Leigh Griffiths (90) and Klimala (90+3). In a game where we dominated possession but failed miserably in the final third with three shots on target being a tell tale sign.

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Saturday 17th October 2020.

Celtic hosted the first Glasgow derby of the season and the fans, mostly, were in a buoyant and confident mood going into the fixture. This was proved to be nothing more than bravado as our players and...