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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. Petec 9.29pm

     

     

    The difference being John could and didn’t :-)

     

     

    Concentrate on who we have the now

     

     

    Until further notice

     

     

    Neil Francis CSC

  2. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Neil Lennon has defended his current tenure as Celtic manager by claiming “it’s not my side, it’s Brendan’s”.BBC

     

     

    Sure is!

  3. James Forrest

     

    Your thoughts are always welcome and whilst I don’t always agree I do re the new manager.

     

    I love everything about Lenny in relation to Celtic and have the utmost respect for him in the way he stood up to what was thrown at him. Do I think he’s the best option? – No

     

    If he gets the gig next week will I support him? Absolutely yes.

  4. Good cup final evening CQN

     

     

    Thanks for all the kind words regarding my wee brother Thomas.?

     

     

    All went well, and he will be up to some mischievous behaviour no doubt trying to get by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.?

     

     

    Celtic let’s get this cup won for all our dearly departed loved ones as well as us Mere mortals.?

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    D. :)

  5. David66 9.54pm

     

     

    that’s been a long time for you all, football is a wee release from real life so hope you have a good day the morra, take care

  6. There is no rational reason why we shouldn’t beat Hearts comfortably tomorrow.

     

    So why am I so feckin nervous???

  7. Gutenberg 9.58pm

     

     

    There is a very fine line with confidence & nervousness :-)

     

     

    I am also nervous but still think this team has went to the well, then went back to the well and then still go back (domestically) and I think the bhoys will get the job done tomorrow ….

     

     

    I would rather be nervous than not be in the final, so at this point nerves are good :-)

     

     

    Petec

     

     

    Just watched the Broony press conference link you put on, cheers

  8. I’VEHADTOCHANGEMYMIND on 24TH MAY 2019 9:46 PM

     

     

    Neil Lennon has defended his current tenure as Celtic manager by claiming “it’s not my side, it’s Brendan’s”.BBC

     

     

    *getting his excuses in early.

  9. Knightswoodbhoy on

    James Forrest

     

    you may have noticed I referenced you in a post earlier can I just assure you that I abhor the tide of vitriol directed at you today since then, I don’t always agree with you but I value your opinion and honesty.

  10. Tontine Tim on 24th May 2019 10:08 pm

     

     

    I’VEHADTOCHANGEMYMIND on 24TH MAY 2019 9:46 PM

     

     

    Neil Lennon has defended his current tenure as Celtic manager by claiming “it’s not my side, it’s Brendan’s”.BBC

     

     

    *getting his excuses in early.

     

     

    …………………………………………………………..

     

     

    TT, Whos side is it?

  11. Thanks guys, Thomas’s passing has brought another brother closer, so there is some good to come out of it.

     

     

    Anyway onto the cup final, GFTB I’m with you, no matter what tomorrow our players/ team have won a double agianst greaaaaaat adversity this season, think about it, the smsm, Rodgers deserting us, whole defence injured, whole midfield injured, no strike force for best part of season.

     

     

    So in my eyes our bhoys should play with gyle, freedom and passion mañana after everything this season has thrown at them.

     

     

    D. :)

  12. i'vehadtochangemymind on

    Hmmmm TT

     

     

    hadn’t seen it that way!

     

    However , I’m a lennie fan !

  13. Gutenberg 10.10pm

     

     

    Exactly… for all my confidence I would like two early goals :-)

     

     

    Love the Scottish Cup final, first ever game against the Huns was 1980, then followed that final with ‘85, ‘88 & ‘89 didn’t realise back then that there would come a time when I wasn’t young, single & FREE :-)

  14. David66 10.14pm

     

     

    Again exactly, not getting the excuses in early but this season from Athens to Brendan to now has been as mixed up a season as I can remember… I agree with Greenpinata/Jobo nearly every Celtic fan young & old bought into Brendan …. no animosity from me these days, Brendan’s time was amazing as much as his midnight flit amazed ! Tomorrow is all about the here and now, not our previous manager not our next manager … Neil, Broony & the bhoys with big Billy & Stevie Chalmers never far from our thoughts … again it’s been a strange season but I suppose that’s Celtic :-)

  15. TEUCHTER ÁR LÁ on 24TH MAY 2019 8:56 PM

     

    Centenary semi final

     

     

     

     

    https://youtu.be/HPB7wvhjBe8

     

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    Brilliant,,,I remember shouting at the game ” Get Mcghee oan” cue much laughter from the naysayers roon aboot…..Good job big Billy ( God bless him) was listening.:O) hh

  16. stephbhoy on 24th May 2019 9:09 pm

     

    ‘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.’

     

     

     

     

    ******

     

     

     

    I think NFL’s point is that the players who are regarded as having been ‘produced’ by these academies would probably have been just as good if academies didn’t exist.

     

     

    And it’s not being through an academy that produces loyalty, it’s being a fan.

  17. Matt Stewart on

    A billion light years ago when CQN first started I posted something that was completely true, or at least I believed to be completely true.

     

     

    I soon shed this ridiculous ethical stance, as anyone who ever read any of my nonsense probably sussed, and ended up in the world of allegory, imagination, mind control, parable and metaphysical lunacy.

     

    However that first ‘truth’ has remained with me as a stalwart pillar in my relationship with my football team and our mutual interaction.

     

     

    So, especially for those who may waken up tomorrow (or possibly not go to sleep in the first place) with a hunger for fingernails, a desperation for Valium, a disdain for laxative and a sensitivity that sees a clock’s tic-toc sound like a firing squad loading their rifles, then this is what has always stood me in good stead.

     

     

    1. If I think we are going to lose, and we do then I have been miserable the whole day.

     

     

    2. If I think we are going to lose and we win, then I have been miserable for half the day, ecstatic after the match but in quiet moments, angry with myself over my lack of steel.

     

     

    3. However If I think we are going to win, and by some chance we lose, then I have not only been happy and positive right up until that final whistle seals our fate, but because of this nurtured approach, any defeat soon fades into irrelevance and the prospect of the next game and the next win takes over.

     

     

    4. Of course If I believe we will win and lo and behold we do, then not only have I been deliriously happy before, during and after the game and the world spins through space to the sound of singing and laughter, and the amount of cash I spend over bar/chip shop counter/ curry house etc, sees me feeding the children of retailers and suppliers and provide fuel for multi national agricultures and industries across the globe….and MOST IMPORTANTLY I take another step closer to my ultimate ambition instilled in me by my Dad in moments of paternal advice….”Whatever you do Matt, don’t end up the richest man in the graveyard!”

     

     

    So tomorrow as always I believe we will win and when we do the universe will ring loudly with music and banter, economies across the earth will see GDP beyond the dreams of avarice, children will laugh and dance and I will take one more step closer to the skintest and happiest of pauper’s graves knowing that when I pass across that mystical veil, the ferryman better not be expecting payment.

     

     

    So if anyone who has Lenny’s ear could just pass on to him that he may only see a ‘Treble Treble’, but all of us in the stands and terraces, in pubs and clubs, on couches, chairs and floors in front of the telly, with wirelesses out of windows in far flung territories and internet streams on computers, tablets and phones…well we also see that ‘Treble treble’ but our utter faith in the win gives us also an even bigger vision where with that historic victory we will inject the hormones of teenage growth into the world’s financial systems, peace will break out across the globe, disease will be eradicated, the lamb will lie down with the lamb and MOST OF ALL …I will realise mine and my dad’s dream dream of an eternal penniless but peaceful rest.

     

     

    So no pressure then….and all it takes is a wee bit of belief that with a win tomorrow mankind will discover its true meaning…..oh and my Bookie’s line will come in! ( I promise to spend it before “you know what!”)

     

     

    ‘mon the hoops…humanity is depending on you!???

     

     

    Hail Hail

     

     

    Matt

  18. Ernie,

     

     

    I hope you are well.

     

     

    Did ye vote on the Euro elections?

     

     

    If so who. ;))

     

     

    Mair important who’d you have as the Next Celtic Manager?

  19. I hope we can get Rafa here for 2 years at least, o_0

     

     

    Rafa is a dude that feeds off the Support – the Passion. I hope he is unveiled.

     

     

    Dermot Desmond can obviously kill a career.

  20. Gerry

     

    I’m free tomorrow. Its cup final day and with it comes a free pass – and my wife is a blue nose…

  21. Bet won beautiful, beautiful Gretsch purchased but yet I am still seem to be shite at playing the guitar. Seems spending a huge amount of money on a guitar don’t make you a rock god. But by feck you look good with it

  22. Gutenberg 10.50pm

     

     

    My good lady is also a Sevconian, she would prefer I went to the games… it’s my wee ten year old rebel daughter who objects to me disappearing… I was worried growing up she might follow follow her two big sisters but thankfully she is a wee Kieran Tierney fanatic … actually sort of now enjoying watching the games with her, about 50 stupid questions every ten minutes but she does love the hoops, it’s been a slow burn but worth every minute (& every blinking question :-)

  23. Lenny talks Honestly, Always.

     

     

    A Massive plus point for him getting the job.

     

     

    The Truth is Unbeatable.