REO HATATE and Filipe Jota are in at the start for Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden this afternoon.
The Japanese midfielder and the Portuguese maverick have missed recent games through injury, but Ange Postecoglou reckons the talented duo are fit to face Michael Beale’s Ibrox outfit.
They come in for Sead Haksabanovic and Tomoki Iwata who move to the bench.
There is still no sign of Liel Abada who has not figured since the international break.
TEAM: Hart; Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate; Jota, Kyogo, Maeda. Subs: Bain, Haksabanovic, Mooy, Turnbull, Kobayashi, Oh, Iwata, Ralston, Vata.
Earlier today, we asked how much you could remember about recent last-four encounters in the Scottish Cup in CQN‘s fun five-minute quiz.
Now we repeat those questions and provide the answers.
OVER THE TOP…skipper Scott Brown joins the celebrations after Tom Rogic’s goal against the Ibrox side in the Scottish Cup semi-final in 2018. (See question 2.)
1: Celtic overcame their Ibrox rivals 2-0 on their way to the Scottish Cup Final in their Invincibles season in 2016/17. Can you remember who scored the Hoops goals that April 23 afternoon?
2: A year later, the city foes met again at the same stage. On this occasion, Brendan Rodgers’ side routed their opponents 4-0. Please name the marksmen.
3: James Forrest and Tom Rogic netted the first and third goals in Celtic’s 3-0 semi-final win over Aberdeen on April 14 2019. Who scored the other goal?
4: Forrest is just one of three Celtic players that day who is still at Parkhead. Can you name the other two?
5: Celtic beat Aberdeen 2-0 in November 2020 on their way to a phenomenal quadruple treble in the penalty-kick decider against Hearts the following month. Can you remember who scored the goals against the Dons?
1: Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair (pen).
2: Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor, Moussa Dembele (pen), Olivier Ntcham (pen).
3: Odsonne Edouard (pen).
4: Scott Bain and Callum McGregor.
5: Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Well done if you got five out of five – go to the top of the class!
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