CELTIC have won the Scottish Cup a record FORTY-ONE times – and they aim to add another to that tally at Hampden this afternoon.

Everything is poised for a memorable showpiece showdown against Philippe Clement’s Ibrox side as the 3pm kick-off looms into view.

Brendan Rodgers is unbeaten at the national stadium and has no intention of having that sequence of success interrupted against opponents the champions have beaten three times in four Premiership outings this season with the other game tied at 3-3.

INVINCIBLE…Brendan Rodgers holds aloft the Scottish Cup after the dramatic 2-1 triumph over Aberdeen on May 27 2017 – the win that sealed the all-conquering unbeaten campaign.

Setting the scene for the big game, CQN are asking questions in our bumper quiz that covers the holders’ eleven appearances in the competition’s grand finale this century.

The Hoops have won TEN – with the only blip coming when Peter Lovenkrands stole in to head past Rab Douglas in the last minute to send Martin O’Neill’s side toppling to an unexpected loss in season 2001/02.

However, apart from that stumble, it has been a 100 per cent success story for Celtic.

Here are ten questions to test your knowledge of the Hoops at Hampden in the 21st Century. The answers will be provided when the line-up is announced later today.

Good luck!

UP FOR THE CUP…Neil Lennon is shouldered high by Giorgios Samaras and the celebrating Celtic players after the 3-0 triumph over Motherwell at Hampden on May 21 2011 – the Irishman’s first honour as a manager. (See Question 2.)


1: Celtic beat Hibs 3-0 to get the ball rolling at Hampden in season 2000/01. Which Hoops legend claimed a double?

2: Neil Lennon lifted his first Scottish Cup as a manager in 2010/11 when the Hoops overwhelmed Motherwell 3-0. Rival captain Stephen Craigan deflected in the second goal, but which players claimed the other two strikes?

3: Who was Celtic’s matchwinner in the 1-0 victory over Dundee United in 2004/05?

4: Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic were the goal heroes when Brendan Rodgers’ side sealed their Invincibles’ 2016/17 season with a 2-1 success over Aberdeen. Can you remember who scored for the Dons? Clue: He went on to play for Celtic.

5: Callum McGregor got the opener in the 2-0 win over Motherwell in the 2017/18 Cup Final. Who claimed the second goal?

6: Who was the two-goal hero in the 2-1 victory over Hearts a year later?

7: The following season’s Cup Final was pushed back to December 2020 when Celtic went to penalty-kicks to beat Hearts following a 3-3 stalemate after extra-time. Who scored the Hoops’ goals in open play?

8: Who thumped the deciding penalty-kick past former team-mate Craig Gordon to cement Celtic phenomenal quadruple treble?

9: Who scored the vital breakthrough goal in last season’s 3-1 win over Inverness Caley Thistle?

10: Four Celtic players who featured in that Hampden success have since left the club on a permanent basis. Can you name them?

* DON’T miss the unbeatable match report and best action images from the Scottish Cup Final this afternoon – only in your champion CQN.


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