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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 11.11pm

     

     

    Neil talks honestly …

     

     

    Just catching up with the press conference and a point that I don’t think anybody has picked up on.. when Brendan left first thing he done was take his “team” Chris Davies & co, Neil just mentioned and I paraphrase “it’s hard being here on your own” without his own go to people to talk things over… might just be me, but even going into a job you’ve already done but in a different environment must be hard going …. especially if “all” top managers always have their trusty sidekicks by their side

  2. The jolly roger will be appearing in Premier Sports 1 before the kick off for those interested…..more pish will be spouted from him………good luck CELTIC and NFL.

  3. Knightswoodbhoy,

     

    did you not see the abuse from James Forrest to Big Wavy,

     

    and only because he assumed a post was about him.

  4. Gerry

     

    Six girls in our family, luckily all of them are Celtic fans. No persuasion required thankfully.

  5. Fingers crossed Joe.

     

     

    Craig Levein is a formidable opponent, especailly as his Team is written off. Bullsh*t , Hearts have been preparing for THIS game since they got here.

     

     

    We need a wee bit of gold dust frae the Almighty to get us there… Winning it.

  6. GFTB,

     

     

    The Truth is the Truth.

     

     

    I want Callum to play the Broonie role next Season.

     

     

    I’m sure it is gonnae happen. ;))

     

     

    Brendan was showing off things.

  7. Peter, one sunny Thursday evening Mrs TT and I walked up tae the Haldane Primary and voted tae join the ECC, it wasn’t done hastily as I had watched many debates on it. As we were walking back down tae Balloch she asked if we had done the right thing as we would be leaving the country in 2 weeks for the colonies. My response was aye as a) I figured we would be back again in a couple of years and b) if we didnae then hopefully we would leave the place in a better position than when we left. Since then no regrets as Scotland has moved on fae a wee free community tae a European one.

  8. Gutenberg 11.21pm

     

     

    Wife & two step daughters were already fans of the liquidated mob before I met them… wouldn’t even let them join us if they wanted :-)

     

     

    Love them all dearly but once a Sev always a Sev …. my only dilemma was MissGFTB followed in her old mans footsteps and I enjoy her referring to Celtic as us, and her mums team as them … no hatred in this household, but me & the wee blade know we are the goodies and the other mob are the baddies :-)

  9. TT, Respect, I must admit I’m not your average St Pats dude……

     

     

    I’m in the Boris camp, hardcore brexit.

  10. Matt

     

     

    i had forgot that chatechism . quite the way to be a supporter.

     

     

    keep it lit.

  11. Knightswoodbhoy on

    Gordybhoy64, I would arguethat JF ‘s abuse is mainly in response to spflak coming at him but I do agree not exclusively ,

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on 24th May 2019 11:41 pm

     

     

    Petec- had a few beers with The Maestro last weekend, what a gentleman HH

     

     

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    Magical – I hope he got to speak to the players.

     

     

    PAUL MCSTAY

     

     

    PAUL MCSTAY

  13. Gerry

     

    Never had any doubt about who my girls would follow, but my rebel daughter has a Hun boyfriend. Great wee guy but he knows I’m in charge of allegiances…

     

    He probably just pays me lip service.

  14. Gutenberg 11.51pm

     

     

    It takes all sorts :-)

     

     

    Enjoy the game tomorrow, finals should be treasured… am always confident but if we fall short I won’t be blaming this pool of players … one of these days we will lose a final … I do still hope it’s not the morra :-)

  15. Petec 11.56pm

     

     

    Meant to say I wasn’t on the blog the other week but having a look back on noticed your Ultrasonic – Obsession shout out :-)

     

     

    Well it’s now 25th May 2019….

     

     

    History (Jobo – Bistory)

     

     

    In the heat of Lisbon

     

     

    There’s only one King Billy that’s McNeill

  16. Gerry

     

    If we lose I won’t be blaming anybody. But please not tomorrow. After that the cups can take a back seat, and Europe.

     

    Just get 10.

  17. bluegrass celt on

    Gordybhoy64 @ 11:18

     

    Big Wavy posted a wee provocative message, clearly aimed at JF ( ask yourself who else it was targeted at) hoping for a reaction. Then suggested , (after getting a positive result), that JF had a short fuse, thus adding to the demonisation.

     

    In a way it reminded me of the way it sometimes happens in the workplace or growing up at school. Someone with insecurities, turns bully hoping to gain popularity.

     

    Not wanting to pigeonhole anybody here, but it’s easy to fall into it that mantra when you have a single vision approach to someone’s views that are polar opposites to yours. Trust me , I know. Just glad I met the most wonderful level headed woman who made me see the person I didn’t see myself.

     

    Lets all have opinions but let’s stop the vitriol against each other. We all have the same goal at the end of the day. Nobody here disrespects Lenny. Just some of us want Celtic to take this opportunity for once to make our team play the Celtic way. Not the drivel we’ve endured for the last 18 months . For me , Lenny and Moyes are not the way forward I’m afraid. And I think that is what JF is trying to say in his own elaborate way.

     

     

    HH ?

  18. Wan thing is Certain, If the Almighty allows, I’ll be here jibber jabbering the weekend 1st June.

     

     

    We will know who the Boss is by then.

     

     

    A very Tough calll for the Board.

     

     

    I hope they make an Inspired appointment.

     

     

    Can do nothing but Back the Manager selected.

  19. Gutenberg 12.03am

     

     

    Am pretty sure wee “eyes in the back of his heid” willie Collum will be Leveins best chance tomorrow… that’s not paranoia just human nature, wee Willie will be over compensating to prove he is impartial :-)

  20. Matt Stewart on

    THELURKINTIM

     

     

    Wirelesses….pah old hat nowadays wae all that technology and stuff….doesn’t matter where you are in the world, watching Celtic is no problem is it…? Well once upon a time I was making my way across South America and had reached Rio when a volcano in Iceland erupted and stranded me in Copacabana and Ipanema for a fortnight (at BA’s expense).

     

     

    Football was everywhere but unfortunately one evening (I think we were playing Motherwell) the only way to see it was on an internet stream….things didn’t quite go to plan….

     

     

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    The mountains (and window ledges)we have to climb to watch Celtic!

     

     

    Illegal Feeds

     

     

    The pillas are puffed, the wee screen’s turned on

     

    The glow frae its lamp tints the room

     

    The earphones are plugged, ma tea’s by ma side

     

    Ah’m chuffed as a wean in the womb.

     

     

    But whit’s a’ this buzz? There’s snow everywhere

     

    The picture is full of white noise

     

    They’re here then they’re no’, jist blur, fade and freeze

     

    Time tae rise frae ma bed fur the Bhoys.

     

     

    Eight thousand miles isnae really that far

     

    Fur a “PC that’s state of the art”

     

    Wae buttons and knobs tae turn, press an’ tweak

     

    A bargain frae Exchange an’ Mart.

     

     

    Wae ma coat hanger bent, twisted an’ kinked

     

    Its hooked bit stretched up tae the sky

     

    Wae wan foot on flair, and wan on the sill

     

    “An inch or two mair, if Ah try”.

     

     

    The picture looks great from this vantage point

     

    Ma neck will recover wan day

     

    Strain under ma arm or in between legs

     

    See the Hoops really startin’ tae play.

     

     

    Precariously I shift on wan foot

     

    A cramp stabs frae ankle tae spine

     

    The house o’ cards falls, I crash tae the grun’

     

    An erse in ma face – “Feck, that’s mine”!

     

     

    An’ now back in bed, wae sweet smellin sheets

     

    Re-running the game in mind’s eye

     

    An angel in white, a cup wae a spout

     

    In traction, in ward six Ah lie

     

     

    A passing wee thought frae ‘stranded in Rio’.

     

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    Hail Hail

     

     

    Matt

  21. Mon 25th May 2009

     

    Gordon Strachan

     

    Resigned as Celtic Manager after 4 Years

     

    Sun 31st May 2009

     

    Gordon Strachan

     

    Addresses the Celtic Supporters at the

     

    Tommy Burns Tribute Match

     

    To say his Goodbye

     

    He is given a Standing Ovation

     

    Result of the Game

     

    Celtic First Team -11

     

    Tommy Burns Select -4

     

    Tue 16th June 2009

     

    Tony Mowbray

     

    Appointed New Celtic Manager .