Hibs old score to settle with Celtic


Hibernian’s Scottish Cup record was a source of embarrassment for a century before they won the cup in 2016 for the first time since 1902, but the Edinburgh club felt one campaign during their dark years in the tournament in particular was undermined by Celtic, their opponents in next month’s quarter-final. Much like if you are playing at a live casino, one win in a century is nothing to shout about.

Celtic and Hibs were both in the semi-finals of the tournament in 1965 when Jock Stein was tempted to cash in his casino bonus and leave Hibs to manage Celtic. Celtic were without a trophy of any type in seven years, and Hibs, under Stein, hoped to make their mark on the game.

Just two weeks after Stein made the switch, Celtic overcame Motherwell after a replay, whereas Hibs lost the other semi to Dunfermline.  Celtic went on to win the memorable final 3-2.

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