After a short family break, I’m back in time to blog about the Scottish Cup semi-finals at Hampden. Motherwell take on Aberdeen today whilst Celtic play Rangers on Sunday.
These are hugely significant ties for each club. A place in the final awaits each of the ties’ victors.
Aberdeen will be looking for their first top flight silverware since winning the League Cup in 2014. Motherwell have to go much further back to find success when they won the Scottish Cup in 1991.
As for this incarnation of Rangers……well they’ve yet to get off the mark with any of the top prizes in their six year history. They’ve won the lower division titles and even the Scottish Challenge Cup, but have yet to win any of the big three.
All three have appeared in finals in recent years. All have been runners up last time around.
For Celtic this is huge. Not only are they the holders, but to make the final would put them in position for another piece of history.
Their 49th league title is all but tied up. Winning the Scottish Cup would be their 38th.
More importantly, they are going for back-to-back trebles. Never achieved in Scottish football.
Many have claimed this is bad for the Scottish game. Much of that commentary coming from the blue half of Glasgow.
It’s hard for me to comment without a degree of bias. However, Celtic’s dominance is purely a sign of their continued strength.
Until another club steps up and challenges within their means, Celtic will continue in this fashion. There won’t be a stream of trebles forever, but this team ARE making history.
The weekend’s ties will both be worth tuning in to. Aberdeen have been Celtic’s closest rivals since the demise of Rangers in 2012.
Motherwell, despite missing out on a top six place in the league have found a new lease of life under Stephen Robinson. With both clubs being defeated finalists to Celtic in the last two cup finals in 2017, there will be a strong desire to exact revenge.
Celtic will have to get there first of course. Rangers will be out to stop them on Sunday.
In one-off games, anything can happen. The last meeting between the two Glasgow clubs ended in a sweet victory for Celtic at Ibrox.
This time it’s Hampden and Celtic will be aiming to complete the match with 11 players on the park and a fitter squad. It’s a huge game where victory would be another step toward history for Brendan Rodgers, his players and Celtic.