CELTIC are on the brink of glory when they face Hearts in the delayed Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on Sunday.
The side are a mere 90 minutes away from a spectacular TWELFTH successive domestic honour to seal the extraordinary quadruple treble – four years of complete domination of Scottish football.
It’s an accomplishment that is unlikely to be ever matched by anyone and Hoops fans are witnessing their favourites march into folklore where their dramatic achievements will live forever.
The silverware showdown with the Tynecastle outfit is an action replay of the Parkhead club’s previous success in the national competition when they came back from a goal adrift to overcome the Edinburgh men 2-1 with a double second-half salvo from Odsonne Edouard.
That memorable occasion was on the iconic date of May 25 last year after Neil Lennon, shortly after taking over in an interim basis from the departing Brendan Rodgers, guided the team to a 2-0 success over Hibs at Easter Road in the quarter-final and followed that up with a 3-0 triumph over Aberdeen in the last four before booking a spot against Hearts in the Final.
READ ALL ABOUT IT…Alex Gordon’s latest Celtic book, ’50 Flags Plus One’.
Author Alex Gordon recalls the day the club completed that extraordinary treble treble in his latest Celtic book, ’50 Flags Plus One’, when the club yet again did the seemingly impossible.
After clinching the eighth successive crown – and the fourth under the auspices of Lennon – with a 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at Pittodrie all eyes turned to Hampden in the season’s grand finale.
Alex, a veteran of fifteen Celtic books, wrote: “The memorable date of May 25 2019 – the fifty-second anniversary of the European Cup victory – arrived and with it the alluring promise of the club’s unprecedented ninth consecutive trophy in domestic competition. A feat many shrewd football judges would have hitherto insisted was an impossibility.
“Mistakes can be rectified over the marathon that is the league programme, but one freak bounce of the ball or an individual error or a dubious refereeing decision will often lead to oblivion in knock-out competitions.
“Odsonne Edouard had already made Celtic history as the club’s most expensive player at £9million, so it was somehow appropriate the French personality was the man who delivered even more to the club’s extraordinary folklore in the 2-1 win over Hearts as the curtain came down on a tumultuous, mercurial and, ultimately, satisfying and successful campaign.”
The eventful 2018/19 campaign is told with insider knowledge by Alex Gordon, a former sports editor of the best-selling Sunday Mail, and his latest publication is acclaimed by club legend and Lisbon Lion Bertie Auld as “a truly unique tribute to Celtic”.
John ‘Yogi’ Hughes, the seventh-highest goalscorer in the club’s history, acknowledged: “It’s an amazing journey of several lifetimes.”
Celtic icon Davie Hay provides a thought-provoking foreword to the book.
* ‘CELTIC: 50 Flags Plus One’ celebrates the club’s remarkable fifty-one league championships in their glorious history. To order a copy – and get a FREE book, ‘Seville: The Celtic Movement’ – please go to: ‘CELTIC: 50 Flags Plus One’.
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