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

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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. eddieinkirkmichael on

    Does Lenny think there is merit is the academy system? Who really knows but we could compare his attendances at their games since he became interim boss with the attendances of his predecessor.

     

    According to Joe Mchugh over at VideoCelts BR never attended any academy games during his tenure at Celtic. Lenny on the other hand has attended every game since he’s been back.

     

    I bet if you asked BR for his opinion on the academy system he would be gushing in his praise for it but would you believe him? Lenny on the other hand would certainly be honest in his assessment, as he has already stated his position.

     

    What does this mean in the grand scheme of things, nothing, IMHO.

     

     

    Some posters come on here to share stories, others for the camaraderie, others offer opinions for debate and yet others offer their opinions as the only opinion that matters and any other opinion is mince.

     

    If you come into a debate believing that yours is the only relevant opinion and no matter what someone else believes doesn’t merit discussion because according to you they are wrong, then really can you be surprised if someone takes uxbridge at your condescending belittle ing of their honestly held views?

     

     

    I’ve noticed over the yrs that superiority complexes intermingled with a smug belief in ones own intelligence doesn’t go down well with some posters on CQN.

     

     

    Justanopinioncsc

  2. Serious question ? – Has anyone noticed the suppression of sites with commentability has went into overdrive in the last few days-Boris Johnson is about to be PM,Julien Assange is getting roasted and theres big shit happening everywhere-its frightening. I hope im wrong.

  3. Gene on 24th May 2019 7:50 pm

     

     

    Well 44 years ago today I got married to my beautiful wife – how she’s put up with me for this long God only knows. How have we celebrated – a McDonald’s and a visit to the Odeon to see Detective Pikachu with our granddaughter.

     

     

     

     

    Who says romance is dead.

     

     

    …………………………………………………………………………………..

     

     

    Magical and Congratulations.

     

     

    I hope you both have many more Together.

     

     

    The Stag Weekend/Week overshadows the Marriage noo. :((

  4. GENE. congratulations pal, you have beat me by 5 years, you have a nice evening and tell mrs gene she is so lucky to have you, remember gene im only 4 or 5 junctions up the m6 from you any problems you have my e-mail.hh and god bless.

  5. EDDIEINKIRKMICHAEL on 24TH MAY 2019 7:56 PM

     

     

    Wise words my friend.

     

     

    I decided a while back that Internet forums are not the best place for worthwhile debate. I joined CQN when it started and used to post but not so bothered these days. It’s nice to pop in now on occasion. Nice bunch of folks.

  6. Petec

     

    Thanks for your good wishes

     

    My stag was a night at the rugby club – the honeymoon a night in the local Post House hotel

     

    Times have changed

  7. Bhrutus on 24th May 2019 8:04 pm

     

     

     

    Serious question ? – Has anyone noticed the suppression of sites with commentability has went into overdrive in the last few days-Boris Johnson is about to be PM,Julien Assange is getting roasted and theres big shit happening everywhere-its frightening. I hope im wrong.

     

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    All part of the inexorable rise of right wing politics in Europe.

     

    Sieg – (just in cast the new Gestapo are taking notes)

  8. When Craig was struggling Health wise Neil wiz there to Support him.

     

     

    Noone knows anything, despite what anyone says.

     

     

    Celtic might not get a Treble Treble but the Players will deserve a massive round of applause – if we fall at the last (first) hurdle.

  9. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    ‘there’s always a fairytale aspect to celtic. it manifests itself sometimes when you need it most’

     

     

    Amazing 16roads ; no. 5 scores in 67th minute!

  10. EDDIEINKIRKMICHAEL:

     

     

    Totally agree with you on Lennon being honest about his views on academies.

     

     

    In 2010, this is what he said:

     

     

    ““The academies are not working. We haven’t produced a regular first-team player since (Aiden) McGeady, probably, although we have a good crop of players coming through.

     

     

    “I’d like to go back to the system when I was growing up.

     

     

    “There were no academies in those days and Scotland, England and Ireland were still producing top-quality players.

     

     

    “My argument is someone like Wayne Rooney. Would he have needed an academy to come though in the game?

     

     

    “Would Steven Gerrard or McGeady? I’m not so sure.

     

     

    “Some people think academies are the way forward and a lot of them work on the blueprint from Clairefontaine in France

     

     

    “But I’ve been on courses where I’ve argued about it and studies have come back to say academies aren’t working. They are not as successful as people thought they were going to be.

     

     

    “So maybe I’m right and everyone else is wrong, I don’t know. It’s just an opinion.

     

     

    “Maybe that’s something that needs to be addressed and the money maybe put somewhere else.”

     

     

    He repeated those sentiments in 2013, when Mark Wotte got into an argument with him about their viability and about youth development as a whole. Whilst at Bolton in 2015, he said similar. Note that he wondered if Rooney and Gerrard would have needed academies; we’ll never know since one came through Everton’s splendid youth system and the other through Liverpool’s, two clubs who spent huge sums on their youth setups and reap the benefits time and again.

     

     

    Note the key statement in there; it’s not even on the academies per se.

     

     

    “So maybe I’m right and everyone else is wrong, I don’t know. It’s just an opinion.”

     

     

    If I said that on here … man oh man, I’d get pilloried.

  11. TheLurkinTim on

    Teuchter…am buying it…even if yer no selling it ;-))

     

     

    Legendary History Bhoys….tic tok

     

     

    H.H.

  12. I would not employ any first team coach who does not look at and respect the benefits of having a well run academy.

     

     

    Our academy has produced some very good players over the years, it has produced good squad players and it has given players a career in football if not at celtic.

     

     

    In our squad right now Forrest, KT and mcgergor are first team regulars having come through our academy and have shown a loyalty missing in players brought in.

     

     

    Ajer come over at what, 17 years old and spent 2 years in the academy. Ralston, henderson, Johnson and now dembele and oxo-flex all look like they have a chance. The boy church is also highly rated and might just make the grade.

     

     

    I reckon the best is yet to come from the academy. we started the education/ academy about 8 years ago. That upped the training and development of young kids. 12 years olds then are only 20 now. It takes years for players to progress and develop and I am sure the academy will have improved routine, structure from its early years and will run better for the kids development.

     

     

    HH

  13. Teuchter ár lá,

     

     

    I really hope we do. All 11 Hearts (The Scottish Nation with em) players are gonnae give Everything they have to stop Celtic Winning.

     

     

    It will not be Easy to Win This.

     

     

    Wow What a Party if we do Win the Scottish Cup. ;)))))))))

  14. If fit the first three names on Neil’s team sheet are Lustig, Brown & Forrest…. obviously KT is on everybody’s team sheet but these 3 players are the ones Lenny will depend on getting the job done.. a young Broony loved going head to head with Neil, so much so that’s why Neil rated him from very early on, young James Forrest (the player :-) am sure Neil was and has always been a big admirer and PC Mik and Neil have much mutual respect .. all this is just my opinion and could be a lot of mince but surely we are all allowed to post mince :-)

     

     

    My glass is always full and even though I am taking nothing for granted this team will not let us down the morra … and in the highly unlikely event we do not manage to win, this team has still certainly not let us down these past few seasons

     

     

    Hail Hail

  15. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Jesus TáL , Lustig was substituted in that match by Darnell fisher!

     

     

    Monthepoliceman

  16. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Gene- congratulations,good to see you back on,look forward to World Cup Cricket updates…

  17. you can be certain there are a few characters on here who are plants-who talk football rather than passion