CELTIC are poised for this evening’s Scottish Cup fifth round encounter against St Mirren at Parkhead with the prize of a place in the quarter-final draw on Monday up for grabs.
At this stage of the tournament last year, the Hoops walloped Championship outfit Raith Rovers 4-0 in Glasgow where Liam Scales hit the opening goal. Daizen Maeda joined in and, remarkably two other scorers that evening are no longer at the champions.
Nir Bitton left at the end of his contract in May last year and Giorgos Giakoumakis completed his £4.2million switch to MLS club Atlanta United during the week.
ON TARGET…Nir Bitton was a goalscorer in the 4-0 Scottish Cup fifth round win over Raith Rovers last season.
The match also saw Christopher Jullien’s final competitive appearance for the Hoops when he replaced Cameron Carter-Vickers with 12 minutes remaining.
How much can you remember about past connections with the Paisley Saints? Have a go on CQN’s fun five-minute quiz.
1: Which former St Mirren player was a key man for Martin O’Neill’s Celtic and captained the team in the UEFA Cup Final against Porto in Seville in 2003?
2: Celtic won 6-0 at Parkhead on August 21 2021 in Ange Postecoglou’s first match against the Paisley side. Who scored a hat-trick that afternoon?
3: In the same game, which player scored his final goal for Celtic?
4: The teams met in Glasgow again on March 2 last year. Celtic won 2-0 with Callum McGregor claiming the clincher. Can you remember who hit the opener?
5: Celtic beat Stephen Robinson’s side 4-0 at Parkhead last month. Kyogo Furuhashi claimed a double and David Turnbull added a fourth. Who struck the breakthrough goal?
The answers will be provided when the starting line-up is confirmed in CQN later today.
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