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CUP AIM FOR HISTORY BHOY BAIN

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SCOTT BAIN is ready to play his part as Celtic set out on Saturday evening in their quest once again to become History Bhoys.

The Hoops are preparing to take on League One leaders Falkirk in their opening hurdle in the Scottish Cup which they won for the fourth successive occasion only five days before Christmas.

The Parkhead side are already record-breakers in the competition, but they are aiming to add to their wonderful sequence that kicked off with a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in May 2007 with Tom Rogic’s memorable last-gasp winner against Aberdeen.

Strikes from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham brought a 2-0 success over Motherwell a year later and then Odsonne Edouard took centre stage with his double against Hearts on the iconic date of May 25 2019 when the Edinburgh men were defeated 2-1 after taking the lead.

And the Tynecastle outfit were on the receiving end again just before the turn of the year when rookie keeper Conor Hazard was the unlikely Hoops hero with two saves in the penalty-kick shoot-out after a dramatic 3-3 stalemate following extra-time.

That victory sealed the phenomenal quadruple treble and shotstopper Bain hopes the Celts can march on to even more glory in the national competition with the Final scheduled for May 22.

CUP THAT CHEERS…Scott Bain with the glittering prize at Hampden in 2019.

First, though, the Bairns need to be dismissed in the east end of Glasgow on Saturday evening with the tie commencing at 7.30pm and being beamed live by satellite channel Premier Sports.

The 29-year-old shotstopper said: “The international break gives the players at home time to work on areas that we want to address in preparation for these games coming up.

“Now that the Scottish Cup is there to play for and it gives us added motivation in these games. There’s not a league title to play for, but we need to make sure our levels are as high as ever in these remaining league games so that transfers over into the Cup games.

“It’s very difficult to turn it off and on, you need to be at a high level constantly and keep the motivation at that level to keep going on the right path.”

Bain, speaking to the Celtic website, added: “We don’t want to give up any trophies easily, so we’re determined to go in there and give a good account of ourselves.

“We know how important it is to win silverware at a club like Celtic. With the season not going the way we wanted it to go, this gives us a chance to give the fans something positive before the end of the season.”

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