CELTIC’S Cup Final talisman Kyogo Furuhashi leads the attack against Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden this evening.
The Japanese striker, who has scored doubles in two previous silverware showdown in the League Cup in successive seasons against Hibs and Rangers, has overcome the injury he sustained last week to face the Championship side as the Hoops aim for a coveted treble.
Kyogo was forced to limp off early in the second-half of the 5-0 win over Aberdeen on Flag Day, but has been given the nod by boss Ange Postecoglou to start against the Highlanders in his first Scottish Cup Final.
Daizen Maeda also returns to the team after missing out against the Dons through suspension.
TEAM: Hart; Johnston, Iwata, Starfelt, Taylor; Hatate, McGregor, O’Riley; Jota, Kyogo, Meada. Subs: Siegrist, Haksanabovic, Abada, Turnbull, Oh, Bernabei, Forrest, Ralston and Welsh.
HOOP HOOP HOORAY…hat-trick hero Dixie Deans is congratulated by Billy McNeill, Lou Macari and Jimmy Johnstone during the 6-1 Cup Final romp over Hibs in 1972. (See Question 4.)
Earlier today, CQN tested your knowledge of showpiece occasions at the nation stadium in our fun Cup Final quiz.
Now we repeat those questions and provide the answers.
1: Who scored Celtic’s winning goal when they beat Dunfermline 3-2 in the Scottish Cup Final in 1965 to kick-start the unforgettable Jock Stein era?
2: Which Hoops player netted a double when Celtic overcame Aberdeen 2-0 in 1967?
3: Billy McNeill headed in an early opener when Celtic romped to a 4-0 win over Rangers in 1969. Who scored the other three goals?
4: Who claimed a hat-trick when Celtic hammered Hibs 6-1 in 1972?
5: Who tucked away Celtic’s penalty-kick winner in the 1-0 success over Rangers in 1977?
6: Who scored the only goal of the game in extra-time when the Hoops beat their Ibrox rivals in 1980?
7: Who netted the goals when Davie Hay’s Celtic beat Dundee United 2-1 in 1985?
8: Billy McNeill and Celtic completed a fabulous league and Cup double in their centenary year of 1988 when they beat the Tannadice side by the same scoreline. Who claimed a famous double that afternoon?
9: Tom Rogic scored the famous late winner to seal the treble in Brendan Rodgers’ debut campaign in 2016/17 when he struck against Aberdeen. Who hit the Hoops’ equaliser that day after future Celt Jonny Hayes had put the Dons ahead?
10: Celtic clinched the phenomenal quadruple treble when they beat Hearts 4-3 on penalty-kicks. Who hit the deciding spot-kick in the Covid-delayed Final in December 2020?
1: Billy McNeill.
2: Willie Wallace.
3: Bobby Lennox, George Connelly and Stevie Chalmers.
4: Dixie Deans.
5: Andy Lynch.
6: George McCluskey.
7: Davie Provan, Frank McGarvey.
8: Frank McAvennie.
9: Stuart Armstrong.
10: Kristoffer Ajer.
Well done if you got 10 out of 10 – go to the top of the class!
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