For as long as Celtic’s history is written, these days will live in legend


Queens Park (twice) Vale of Leven, Rangers (twice) and Aberdeen have all won the Scottish Cup three consecutive seasons.  The latter were the last, in 1984.  Celtic have won the old trophy 38 times, more than any others, but have never won the Cup three time in-a-row.

They successfully retained the Cup only eight times, the first time in 1901, when they beat Queens Park in the final, having despatched Rangers in the previous final.  It looked good for three-in-a-row the following season, when Celtic faced Hearts in the final, but despite goals from McOustra, Quinn and McMahon, Hearts scored four and the trophy went to Edinburgh.

The record could then have been put right in 1909.  Celtic got the better of Hearts in the 1907 final, and St Mirren a year later, but 1909 was the year the Cup was withheld after a riot, a fire and many injured Celtic and Rangers fans.

Celtic dominated the Scottish Cup in this era.  Dundee won the Cup in 1910, the only side apart from Celtic who won it between 1906 and 1913.  And without wanting to write too much about them getting the better of us, it was Hearts, again, who in 1913 stopped Celtic, after successes against Hamilton and Clyde in the two previous finals.  That loss to Hearts also cost Celtic four-in-a-row, as they won the trophy again in 1914.

Fans in this era would have grown used to retaining the Scottish Cup, but it would be an incredible 60 years before Celtic would do so again.  Celtic beat Rangers in 1971 and Hibs in 1972, but lost 3-2 to Rangers in 1973’s Centenary Scottish Cup Final.  That loss actually denied Celtic five Cup wins in-a-row, as they beat Dundee United in the 1974 final and oldco Airdrie in 1975 (my first Scottish Cup Final).  The 1976 attempt at three-in-a-row ended at Fir Park, when Motherwell won their third round tie.

The closest we came to three-in-a-row was 1990.  Having beat Dundee United in our own Centenary Season Cup Final in 1988, we denied Rangers a treble to beat them in the 1989 Final.  Celtic had a miserable 1989-90 season, but a fourth round win over Rangers cleared the way for a run to Hampden and Aberdeen.  90 minutes and extra time came and went without a goal.  18 penalties could not separate the teams, but after Anton Rogan missed Celtic’s 10th kick, Aberdeen scored to win.

Martin O’Neill’s Celtic won the cup in their imperious 2003-04 season, with Henrik Larsson bidding farewell by despatching Dunfermline, then Martin bid farewell after a far-from imperious 2004-05 season with a Cup Final win over Dunfermline.

Celtic’s next opportunity to win three consecutive Scottish Cups came in 2006, but, alas Roy Keane and Du Wei’s debut, also the latter’s final game, is remembered warmly by Clyde fans.  Which brings us to tomorrow.  After completing the Invincible Treble by beating Aberdeen in the 2017 Final, Celtic achieved the Double Treble last season when they overcame Motherwell in the Final.

In our long and illustrious history, on only eight occasions have we retained the Scottish Cup and we have never achieved what will be attempted tomorrow.  If it helps you contextualise how much an achievement the Treble Treble would be, the Scottish Cup treble alone has been an as yet impossible task.

For as long as Celtic’s history is written, these days will live in legend.  Let’s make it happen.

No pressure now, Celtic.


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  1. fairhill bhoy on

    Sitting in Palma airport,flight is due in Glasgow at 1:40pm,no delays today please ?


    MARSPAPA-god bless your friend mate

  2. Never had the pleasure of meeting Barca mole, though I long term lurked and read his posts.



    RIP Barca Mole.






    D. :)

  3. Knightswoodbhoy on

    Good morning gentlemen all just heading off for a few drinks then Hampden here we go, was thinking back to the awful days off the 90s and hoping that we can put in disagreements aside for the day and enjoy these hopefully special moments.


    Good lunch and god bless.

  4. Good luck to NFL and the team today.



    Lets bring home this Treble Treble



    COYBIG ?????????

  5. We will have so many deflectors and detractors today, let’s be as one and roar on the bhoys from every corner of the globe, from every pub, from every living room, from everywhere on Gods green earth, let us all pull together and let the people sing……



    Come on the Tic.



    I will be in the pub with a few friends and my bhoy and a few of his friends (feckin cost a fortune for a round?), my wife and her sisters, my daughter and grandson will be in my house watching, so come on Lenny get those fires lit in our players bellies today.



    Hail Hail



    D. :)

  6. 67 European Cup Winners on



    You made me tingle !!!!!!!!!




  7. !!Bada Bing!! on 25th May 2019 10:10 am



    Let’s make some more history Bhoys……






    Here is hoping BB.



    Come on the Celtic.



    I Hope Neil gets his hands on the Scottish Cup Today. A Brave Man – Celtic to the core – A Genius in fact.

  8. ?????☘️??


    In the heat of Lisbon


    The fans came in their thousands


    To see the Bhoys become Champions


    In 67 ?????☘️??



    No wonder I’ve got a bump in my head to this day wee Eddie threw me so high in the air on 25th May 1967 that his two year old had to be scraped off the ceiling


    When Stevie Chalmers netted the winner ?


    Hail Hail to all those who are no longer with us who celebrated and witnessed


    The greatest day in our clubs History








  9. Good luck to Neil Lennon and the Bhoys today to bring back an unprecedented treble treble, we’ll be roaring them on in front of the TV.



    As Scott Brown, I believe said in the huddle last year in the cup final “Whatever happens today we win the f#@~ing game!”



    Same again Celts!

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Some busy Bhoys in EK last night, the Billy McNeill poster all over the place ?

  11. Saturday Scottish Cup final morning another Celtic day to savour, brought up on disorganised vast finals, when Hampden was so big you had to be on someones shoulders to see the pitch, in a two tier Celtic end, that had no rival ground, and an endless print of tickets.



    The dust, the rain Celtic supporters treated like second class citizens, are still standing in an all seated Celtic end today, with the chance of of eclipsing anything that has gone before at Hampden, in an unlikely to be repeated historic occasion.



    Neil Lennon led us there with our only win at Easter Rd this season, followed up with a resounding win over Aberdeen, the rebel’s treble to end all treble trebles.



    Who’d have thunk it CSC

  12. Hope it’s not too nerve shredding a performance today.



    Had too many in all my years supporting Celtic, yet here I am.



    Will be watching from afar, in the sun, on edge.



    C’mon ye bhoys in green.

  13. Matt Stewart on

    Age undoubtedly brings along experience, maybe a lot less wisdom than we would like to think but hopefully memories to scratch in and recall from our mental almanac and bore the proverbials off the coming generations.



    But one thing I am eternally grateful for that advancing years has gifted me with to accompany my creaking knees and silver hair……. A twenty quid ticket for a triple-treble cum treble-triple final.?



    The rest is just noise….which we’ll make for the Bhoys??



    Now will these flares still fit?



    Hail Hail




  14. Mike in Toronto on

    Big Jimmy



    You are Frank McAvennie. I claim my five pounds.



    If m right, bring your boots today. We may need your scoringON the park.




  15. Good morning from a bright and breezy North Staffs – I see the BBC are showcasing today’s big game on their nationwide channel – England Women’s friendly followed by homes under the hammer


    However on the BBC 1 Scotland channel the game build-up is nonexistent



    Good luck to the Bhoys

  16. eddieinkirkmichael on 25th May 2019 11:25 am



    Any team news?







    Nae chance Eddie, it annoyed me that the team was known the Day before the game. I guess that was Brendan giving everyone else a chance.



    I hope you are well. And I hope you are ecstatic around about 5PM.

  17. MIKE IN TORONTO on 25TH MAY 2019 11:18 AM


    Big Jimmy







    You are Frank McAvennie. I claim my five pounds.







    If m right, bring your boots today. We may need your scoringON the park.












    Mikey Me Bhoy,



    ive had more Burds than Frankie Bhoy…Ive had more wummin than Warren Beatty….and as for on the Pitch…..i’d only be to Happy to Rummel up Berra and his mates in Defence with so good old fashioned centre forward Play….NO Probs…….



    I could tell You stories about the wummin that would make Your Law Book pages Curl up !


    HH Mate



    Just Dae it Celtic…You dont really need Me these Days…Im a bit too auld.

  18. Taurangabhoy on

    Trebel Trebel yell coming up. Make history bhoys. Enjoy the moment Neil Lennon. Hail Hail

  19. Big Jimmy on 25th May 2019 11:37 am


    GENE on 25TH MAY 2019 11:26 AM






    ‘BBC scotland coverage starts at 2pm.’









    Followed by Bargain Hunt.



    I hope that’s not an omen.

  20. Big Jimmy


    I’ve got virgin TV – looking at the listings the new BBC Scotland channel has Doris Day on and BBC 1 Scotland starts at 3


    Must be missing something

  21. The Battered Bunnet on

    Good morning, and a very happy TrebleTreble day to one and all.



    A quick shufty at the Celtic Manager odds this morning show – unusually – no change at the top of the card.



    Moyes remains favourite a Evens, Lenny 2nd at 3s, Benitez 4s.



    With AVB likely off to Provence, John Kennedy has moved up the pack to 14s with some outfits.



    Bilic, Hughton and Michael O’Neill at 25s,



    Bielsa, Howe and Mourinho at 33s.



    Interestingly, despite assorted reports of talks yesterday, Michael Kollner isn’t widely quoted, although a few outlets are offering 14s, while Bruno Labbadia has popped up on the Skybet card at 18s.



    At the tie of writing, naebdy’s still got a scooby.



    Elsewhere, on 24th May 1974 – 45 years ago almost to the day – David Bowie released the Diamond Dogs album. I expect Future Legends will hear the single from the album at around 4.50pm this afternoon, which would be a Sweet Thing for any Candidate.



    A Blankety Blank chequebook and pen to the blogger who can fit Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family into a cup final post.



    Ooh ooh, Shake it up, shake it up CSC



    If you want, boys, get it here.




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