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. kevinlasvegas on




    Just a bit of joviality old bhoy. ;)



    now that’s mental talk. :)




  2. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Off to a wedding blessing tonight.



    New neighbour across the road.



    Ex-Police, ex-army but a big Celtic fan nevertheless. Tells me the majority of the other attendees are curent or ex-police, including several serving and retired CID.



    I know I’m paranoid but it just feels like a massive set-up :-((



    Please GOD, don’t let me say anything daft.












    Yep it’s impossible to offer criticism of his time at Utd without examining the failures of his predecessors.



    The job is no longer the one it once was.

  4. kevinlasvegas on

    There’s Gerry there, you are correct bud, I have been reading about it for weeks now and I thought I’d chuck my two bob in.



    The manager debate has kind of over shadowed the David Bowie final, well kind of. lol



    I see one of the sites has us linked with big herts striker, fierce big guy and would be a good foil to help our Eddie, but would he be sitting in the stand as soon as he pulled on the hoops?







  5. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Off to Colburn celts tomorrow – you cannot beat a club where everybody wins in the raffle !




  6. KLV 5.25pm



    We certainly need a striker or two, especially an actual centre forward but must be the Hearts boys agent linking us because am sure even big Peter wouldn’t sign him :-)

  7. BSR


    “You his multi? – the only time to post his to rub his tummy, or parrot his extremism?”



    I posted once, that would be one post for the hard of thinking, before siding with him, if you think that merits your reply, fine by me carry on, pathetic as it is.

  8. kevinlasvegas on

    Good job on the spelling, I like him, he offers a bit if steel we lack since Moussa left.



    Hopefully get a couple of strikers in, I have a bad feeling about the Griff coming back and can he be relied on, we got lucky this season with Jozo’s scoring run to win the title and Eddie’s quick mind for last minute winners, could have easily chucked it away with one striker at our disposal.



    I really hope Sinky turns up tomorrow for all our sakes, especially his own, the guy looks like he needs a goal. big park and lots of space to avoid those late tackles and afters from the tyncastle rugby boys.



    Not making a prediction, as we are totally Jeykll and Hyde this season.




  9. Big wavy @1:29


    Your prediction of 7-0 reminds me of the time,


    Rangers mad workmate used to organise correct scores football buster,


    Always had the rangers games on the coupon,and I always had them to be beaten 7-0!


    It drove him daft.




    I spelled it right? God damn lol … that was sheer luck!



    I agree, he’s definitely the TYPE of player we’re looking for, but with a little more skill.

  11. kevinlasvegas on

    Depends on how much he would cost Gerry. lol



    Yeah need a out and out striker, like the Griff and a big guy.



    It’s funny. we are always linked with middies and defenders, never strikers.







  12. FatherJack



    Aye , the day you did.



    But you pop up regularly to tub thump, and back slap, when posters disagree with him.


    and like him you also ignore his threatening deleted past posts, and subsequent warnings.



    If you’re happy with aligning yourself to that,……….go for it.



    He gets away with it on CQN ( when he’s cordial ) and may get some civility in reply due to his prolific


    style, and the general politeness here in.



    Elsewhere, not so.

  13. “He gets away with it on CQN … Elsewhere, not so.”



    How would you know?



    You get more pathetic with every response. This is a Celtic blog, have you even TALKED about Celtic on it today, or is it all just going to be about me?



    Honestly, people are sick of it.

  14. BSR


    You are wrong, but post away with your lies,as I said for the hard of thinking, I have sided with him once before today, I made it plain that I didn’t agree with how he reacts, you obviously didn’t read that bit, there are others who are in the same boat as me on this but I am the one you are having a go at, I am obviously an irritant to you, good.


    Have a nice day

  15. I wonder if Lenny will put his own stamp on the team tomorrow?



    He has been saying that he didn’t change too much of Brendan’s systems or tactics, because that’s what the players were used to.



    However Lenny did also mention that opposition sides now know how to play against us, and that is correct.



    Second half last Sunday, it seemed like the shackles were off and the team were playing a more fluid style of football under Lenny’s instructions.



    We need winners tomorrow more than anything else.



    Our captain, KT and the manager himself will hopefully ensure that the team is hungry and competitive.



    HH. ?

  16. You couldnt make it up…..



    The Orange Order has said it is being ‘discriminated’ against after marches were diverted away from a Catholic church where a priest was assaulted.



    Thug Bradley Wallace, 24, was jailed for 10 months in February after spitting on Catholic priest Canon Thomas White last July, outside St Alphonsus’ Church in Calton, East End of Glasgow .




    Four parades next Saturday and Sunday, including two by Orange Lodges and one by the Apprentice Boys of Derry and one by Dalmarnock No Surrender Branch Club are to be diverted to avoid St Alphonsus’ Church in London Road.



    Canon White was speaking to parishioners when he was attacked by Wallace, who was jailed at Glasgow Sheriff Court after admitting assault while following the Boyne Parade.





    Four Orange Walks in Glasgow rerouted away from Catholic church where priest spat on



    Police said if the parades go ahead protests are likely and there will be “significant and disruptive impact on the life of the local community” and pressure on police resources.



    The decision is the latest in a number of decisions by Glasgow City Council acting on police advice to order parades by protestant organisations be re-routed.



    However, The Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland has said it is the victim of ‘anti-protestant persecution’ and ‘bigoted protesters’ and that Protestants are ‘effectively banned from walking down the street’.



    A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland said: “Now is not a good time to be a Protestant living in Glasgow.



    “The simple act of walking down a street is now effectively banned at certain times.



    “Wearing an item of clothing that identifies you as a Protestant will lead to you walking a gauntlet of bigoted protesters who object to your presence simply because you are not of their faith.



    “Disappointingly, this is aided and abetted by Police Scotland and the SNP led Glasgow City Council.



    “We will stand up to this bigotry, and we won’t let intolerance win. We support a Scotland of all faiths and none, where people live together in mixed communities.



    “We support Scotland having religious differences, without these religious divides.






    “Police Scotland claim that they can’t resource the parade and protests. But they manage to police pro-independence parades when there is a unionist protest.



    “They manage to police political campaigning when there are angry counter-protests.



    “They managed to police a recent republican event with terrorist banners on show.



    “But they have stepped in to say that they cannot manage to police Protestant parades, unless we agree to abide by rules of religious segregation, unless we agree to imposed religious divisions where certain streets are no-go zones to Protestants?



    “The Orange Order has made its position quite clear, we are an organisation that proudly supports and promotes our own heritage, religion and culture.



    “Being pro-Protestant does not make us anti-Catholic. We have the right to peacefully and quietly celebrate our own beliefs, without this anti-protestant persecution.



    “We will reflect on this discrimination, but we see it as a time to act.




    “We will be speaking to lodges, here and abroad, about what we do to ensure that our culture, our religion, our heritage and beliefs can be celebrated, as others are allowed to celebrate theirs.”



    A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “Police have raised significant concern about the impact of these marches and counter protests – both on the local community and their own resources.




    “The council’s decision to re-route the processions is proportionate and maintains the participants’ right to assembly while addressing those concerns.”



    A Police Scotland statement pointed out: “The decision to amend the route, time or prohibit any parade is a matter for Glasgow City Council.



    “We can confirm that Police Scotland made representation to the local authority in respect of the applications prior to a decision being made.”

  17. JAMES FORREST, please don’t let them get to you, they think they own cqn, one even said this is a celtic blog, oh the irony, hh and god bless.

  18. BIG JIMMY:



    Discriminated against! Hahaha!



    Loving it! You couldn’t invent people with this big a brass neck and such a colossal lack of self awareness.

  19. The Daily Record now saying that Dorrans was ” Acting as a Peace Maker, when a Thug from Dundee knocked him to the ground from behind”…..


    Not only have they now have TWO Journos covering this story instead of one…..They STILL claim that Dorrans wife, and Ryan Jacks wife are both “STUNNING” !!!!!



    Whether they wummin are stunning or not…what the feck has that got to do with “The Story” ?


    Maybe they are “Stunning”….but they certainly dont have taste.



  20. In answer to The Baterred Bunnet’s question, can I just butt in and say “I want Cocu” ? ??

  21. “The simple act of walking down a street is now effectively banned at certain times.



    That comment really sums them up more than anything…….when did they EVER conduct the “simple act of walking down a street” ?



    for all my life Ive heard them say,that ” They have a Right to walk on the queens highway”………at the very same time NEGLECTING to mention how us Non orange, Law Abiding Citizens, can NOT “walk on the queens highway to buy a feckin loaf of breed”, when this ugly Mob/Chumps are out and about, when they should be doing their feckin Community Service.




  22. BIG JIMMY:



    Holy Hell. That’s some barmy thinking right there.



    I’m sure no-one has a problem with them “walking down the street” provided the leave the brass band, sectarian banners and Halloween outfits at home …

  23. James Forrest



    Today like any other day I post about Celtic, you are a difficult poster to ignore, but well worth the effort I’m sure.



    You don’t come here to read about Celtic you come here to write about Celtic. unfortunately thats where it all falls down, in the end.



    Your tone and views and generally not well received, but if they are cordial and threat free, by all means fill your boots.



    It won’t be long till you throw your wee toys out the pram.



    As ever CSC

  24. James Forrest



    Let me correct that for you James.


    You are going Nowhere. Fast.

  25. For the 100th time, I am currently watching a Pink Panther movie….Thank God they didnt call it The Orange Panther…or I would have missed the superb Peter Sellers doing what he did best, cos I wouldnt watch it LOL.







    Some of you aren’t even pretending this is about differences of opinion any longer.



    That’s good. Everyone else knows the score now.




    Nice conundrumming .



    But you don’t leave us much of choice and the identikit remainer looks like Davie Moyes.



    The other alternatives are for Saturday night after the potential treble, treble and also the possibility of a manager that hasn’t been mentioned?



    With Neil Lennon still in the running I wonder what the conundrum might be by Saturday night? – given we were told Peter Lawwell has always wanted to give the job to Neil Lennon.

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