Th Scottish League Cup winners and losers

With most cup competitions, you can expect some “shocks” along the way to the final. It’s by no means the most prestigious of domestic silverware but it is essential to winning the treble.

These days, many feel Celtic should win the treble more often. This season we would like to see this happen given how close Ronny Deila came to achieving that last year.

In total, Celtic have been in 30 finals,15 as winners and 15 as runners up. I’m sure this is a statistic Celtic would like to improve.

Last night Celtic took a step closer to reaching this seasons final. However, it was all rosy in the garden for Premiership teams.

Motherwell and the unbeaten Aberdeen were both bombed out hy Championship sides, Greenock Morton and Hibernian respectively. Kilmarnock exited the competition too but at the hands of Premiership rivals, Heart of Midlothian.

Of the nine Premiership clubs to make it to the third round, six have the quarterfinals. If Celtic had been one of the three to drop out I’m pretty certain the Scottish media would by crying “crisis”.

So when is a crisis a crisis exactly? When the unbeaten league leaders Aberdeen get pumped by third place Championship Hibernian?

Or maybe when they exit Europe? No, not at all.

What about when unbeaten Championship leaders Rangers are getting mauled 3-0 by the 46th minute by 7th placed Premiership team St Johnstone? No that’s just a learning curve for a tribute act.

Partick Thistle are without a single win this season in nine domestic games. When will their situation be a crisis?

Even Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle are struggling down at the bottom of the league with Motherwell with a combination of four wins in 24 games. It’s not been a great start for any of them this season in the league.

And yet Celtic, the only club that remain in the driving seat, involved in all four competitions, are deemed to be a club in crisis. Whilst I point the finger at the media, I can wag the same digit at some of the Celtic fans for a bile that spills from their mouths.

Last night wasn’t a pretty or polished performance. It didn’t need to be either.

Ronny Deila made many changes and Celtic did more than enough to win the game without breaking a sweat. In truth, Raith Rovers had to work harder despite Celtic’s dominance.

Notable performances from Kieran Tierney and Saidy Janko were encouraging. They ruled their respective areas of the park.

Kris Commons and Stefan Johansen grabbed the goals. This was not a tough game but it was an important win.

Next up are Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park on Saturday. We’ll see what stage our club crisis is at after that match.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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