Ask any manager who he wants in the next round of the cup and he will invariably say as long as it is a home tie he doesn’t care. You, however, live in exceptional times to be a Celtic supporter. Celtic have not lost an away tie in Scottish Cup or League Cup competitions in 12 years, when a week after putting seven goals past St Mirren, we travelled to Paisley and were eliminated from the Scottish Cup. Incredibly, we have not lost an away game in the League Cup since 2004.
Martin O’Neill’s Celtic famously lost at Inverness in the Scottish Cup just days after progressing to the Uefa Cup semi-final with a win at Liverpool. Martin’s teams also lost away League Cup ties in each of the following two seasons. Gordon Strachan lost his first Scottish Cup tie as Celtic manager in an also-famous game at Clyde, which saw Roy Keane and Du Wei caught in the headlights.
Since that game in Cumbernauld 15 years ago, the solitary loss at St Mirren is our only defeat away from home in Scottish or League Cups. As for Ibrox on Sunday, we are ready, bring it on.