How Celtic lose cups: red cards and penalties


I don’t know anyone who was confident Olivier Ntcham would score with his penalty against St Mirren earlier this month.  Our stats have been awful this season.  Ryan Christie scored his only attempt in a comfortable win over Hearts.  Moussa Dembele also scored his solitary attempt, against Alashkert, but Olivier and Scott Sinclair have each missed two, while Leigh Griffiths missed against Motherwell.  Seven out of 12 have been converted.

Those of you who are old enough to remember the last time Celtic did not win a domestic trophy will recall we went out of that particular Scottish Cup semi-final on penalties.

If you were Derek McInnes, you would have spent all week planning for this eventuality.  Hopefully, the point is not lost on Neil Lennon.  Celtic will take the game to Aberdeen, but if the tie is level in the latter stages of the initial 90 minute period, Aberdeen will sit every-deeper and play for penalties – which they will have a decent chance to win.

That reversal in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final aside, Celtic have only exited a cup tournament since Neil Lennon’s first tenure as manager after being reduced to 10 men.  Efe Ambrose conceded a penalty and was sent off in the 2016 League Cup semi-final against Ross County, and Craig Gordon was sent off in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness.  The latter remains an infamous refereeing performance for the failure to award a penalty and red card Inverness’s Josh Meekings for punching a goal-bound header off the line.

Objectively, if Celtic are going to be stopped from collecting a treble treble, it is most likely to happen on Sunday, as a result of either a red card or a penalty kick competition.  We can plan for both.

Expect Aberdeen to wind up whomever they think is vulnerable to some referee attention – I’m looking at you, Scott.  The script has been written on this one.  Do not get drawn in, play the game on our terms, if anyone loses composure, let it be their daft full back (again).

None of us have confidence in our penalty takers, but practice helps (despite luddite beliefs).  Training will be light tomorrow.  It should consist exclusively of penalty kick practice.

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  1. Bada 10.39pm



    When I read your post about Mark Reid I was delighted, was a great wee trip down memory lane … (obviously no way near the standard of memories on here :-)

  2. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Mark Reid’s very late penalty in the 1984 league cup final was how to take a penalty even as high pressured as that one.



    Choccy got our first goal in the above from a well worked free kick between him and Tommy.



    Mark Reid was one of these players , in my opinion , not appreciated that much by some of our support. One of the few natural left footers in the first team in the eighties.



    That’s me for the night.

  3. Having read back, and sensed the slight nervousness about Sunday, I’d just like to say that I, for one, can’t wait for the game. I can’t wait. I’d leave tomorrow if I could, but I’d lose a day’s trade and I’d be stuck in the Asda car park for over 24 hours.



    Sunday cannot come quick enough until I see the Hoops again. Bring it on, whoever you may be (ok Aberdeen in this case). I believe it is written in the stars.



    Come on you boys in green!

  4. beatbhoy on 12th April 2019 10:34 pm



    Apparently the assembly team for the T-Rex has been complaining about the amount of work involved in placing the massive skeleton on its specially designed frame.



    But the Team Leader simply told them “Get it on!”






    When I took the wee guy to the SECC to see the walking with dinosaurs thing – he compered a lot quicker than the dude introducing the Dinos.



    It’s all there In the Word.



    You unfortunately are Skeptical and any looking will be without True Belief.



    Start Believing then the Word comes Alive – Every Single verse – Usually need to hit Rock Bottom Howevaaaaah.

  5. Tonyrome.



    No bottle misplaced by Andy that day.



    Did he only take it because King Kenny didn’t fancy it? Thought he was the regular penalty taker at that time.

  6. beatbhoy,



    I’m so annoyed about the Earth Worship.



    So many tunes frae back in the day.



    I hope Celtic win and Neil emphatically nails it.

  7. Delaneys Dunky on

    My favourite penalty shoot out was against Spartak Moscow in 2007. JVH missed a penalty in extra time, but scored in the shoot out. Artur Boruc saved two penalties in the shoot out. His countryman Magic Z scored his to put us through. Magic ???

  8. DD



    How much balls did Big Jan show that night?



    Couldnt watch when he stepped up to take the second one




  9. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    I’vehadtochangemymind on 12th April 2019 7:56PM



    Q. Where did NASA aim its Hubble telescope to snap a visible black hole?



    A. Page 67 of Sevco FC’s June 2018 accounts.




    Pierre’s penalty miss against the huns cost us a league flag. Or maybe it was all just a nightmare I imagined we lived through.

  10. Delaneys Dunky on



    I said to my son who like you was worried, “Big Jan will not miss 2 in a row, he’ll bury this, and our best ever goalie will get us through.”

  11. Delaneys Dunky on



    Me too


    Wanyama is a Tim.


    Meant to be here.


    That strip is one of our best ever.


    VW Barcaskelper ?

  12. DD 10.58pm



    Gary Caldwell ?



    Also penalty shoot outs, did Naka not miss ?? Although he was probably better from 32yds not 12 :-)

  13. beatbhoy on 12th April 2019 10:59 pm






    Well we’ll agree on your last sentence for sure.






    Respect dude.

  14. Dallas 10.46pm



    Mark Reid – Darius Wydocweck (sic) and our Anton Rogan underrated left backs but only two I would let hit a dead ball :-)

  15. DD 11.21pm



    Naka was more accurate if the goal was a moving bus and he had to put it through the window of said bus






    Dallas, will be delighted Brian McClair and Shunsuke Nakamura on the same blog :-)

  16. Delaneys Dunky on



    The Dalmuir Foxes ensure there are less Dalmuir rats. No sure if that applies in Leicester.


    Hope all good in my favourite holiday county.


    Mon the Ayrshire Tims!

  17. No need No need for Broonstigator to beat a very highly motivated Aiberdeen(+MIB).



    Broonie is a MEGA teamplayer, Neil saying he’d build the team around Broonie, I reckon was for certain games.



    A mega fluid midfield wins games Quickly, especially against Aberdeen.

  18. Delaneys Dunky on



    Good luck Pedro fae the Rock.


    God bless you mi amigo.


    Gambling is a sin. ?

  19. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    What a fantastic day out with POGMATHONYAHUN and his lovely


    wife yesterday, took me a while to get home though, after getting


    off the bus at St Kilda for a pit stop, i met up with some other tims


    who spotted my Celtic top and offered me more Guinness.


    Well how could i say no? you’ve got to be sociable haven’t you?


    Hope you keep your promise to come back Tam, there’s a bed here


    when you do.


    H.H Mick

  20. Delaneys Dunky on



    I trust Tam was more reserved in behaviour since Mrs Pogmahon was there. Glad you had a great meet.



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