Imperious champions like Celtic are commercially and competitively beneficial


There are five games between Celtic and a third successive Scottish Cup win, a run of success achieved only by Rangers (in the 60s) and Aberdeen (in the 80s).  Brendan Rodgers’ priority for the remainder of the season will be to win the league title, but with the embarrassment of trebles and seven-in-a-row leagues, matching the successive wins record in the Scottish Cup is a significant and worthy target.

Retaining the Cup also denies pretenders the opportunity to put a stake in the ground, a bit like we did against the other Airdrieonians (who perished when they were unable to pay David Murray’s bill) in the 1995 Final.

There’s a notion that Celtic playing Monopoly with Scottish football is a bad thing from a competitive or commercial sense, but I suspect the opposite is true.  On any given season the Cup would be sacrificed for the league, but everyone else wants to win a trophy, any trophy – this trophy.  Every competition is a chance to deny historically imperious champions.  So let’s just win it.

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  1. P67 — please, please no more.


    Couple of historical tidbits but otherwise unreadable.



    Not as if we don’t have any issues to discuss …


    Worse than the Times third leader on a slow news day.



    The optimist in me thinks that this is just short term filler before a big story.


    The realist in me thinks that this is just board friendly filler to keep the plebs occupied.

  2. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Agree ADI_DASSLER – Cup record would be nice, but in terms of importance, the league Championship is several orders of magniture greater.



    Not saying I’m not interested in the Scottish Cup, but it pales into insignificance against the league.






  3. Anyone tell me how “Cut and paste”from a Tablet.Laptop,nae bother,but this,no idea.


    Should be a nice wee surface for the scum to play on tomorrow night.Probably called off.

  4. Queens Park won the 1st 3 finals in a row.



    Then Vale of Leven won the next 3 finals in a row.



    Then Queens won the next 3 after that.



    Those first 9 were won before celtic even existed. Something called rangers appeared in 2 finals.



    the deid ones won it 3 times in a row from 34 to 36 and again 48 to 50. cELTIC NEVER REACHED ANY OF THOSE FINALS.



    those huns did it again 62 to 64. Beating celtic in 63.



    aberdeen then did it 82 to 84. Beating the huns twice and us on the 3rd win.



    so its been done lots of times, just not us, which is a source of bemusement to me.



    all eyes should be on 8 in a row, i aint fussed with a cup win or another uefa round, mere distractions to the most important prize. would be nice to win another treble mind.



    So what is the all important “Other


    things”,we should be discussing?.More Mogadon stories about bent Referees.More transfer drivel,taken from the rags.Or knowing you,some jibe at PL.We have not had any of these for some time,have we?


    We do have a Scottish cup tie on Saturday,so I think a bit of distraction away from the norm,is very welcome.If it does not suit you,hang around,I am sure the blog will get back to your favorite themes soon.

  6. Paul67



    Which new Celts make their debut in the Cup?



    – find out tomorrow in push for ticket sales.



    Brendan goes for 15 in a row, with the treble treble




    Mon the Hoops




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  8. Hunderbirds are Gone on



    All I can ever see when you (and others) post pictures is a blank page with a heading tinypic and some HTML links down the left hand side, but no image. Do I have to join “tinypic” to see the pics?



  9. Talking of a ‘sell out’,how about the SFA selling Scottish Cup ties to an obscure satellite TV company, and making the KO at 5.15 on a Saturday night? for a few quid more than Sky or BT would have paid.Premier Sports is Setanta Sports in new clothes, and remember how they sold us down the river….

  10. A quick stab at Saturday’s 11






    T.Ralston Boyata Benckovic C.Millar



    ————-Christie McGregor—————-



    —–Forrest Weah Burke——–






    Score prediction : 5 – 0



    To the good guys of course

  11. Paul67 et al



    Consecutive finals in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973,1974, 1975, winning five of them.


    How about that?

  12. badabing



    great last eposide thought jv was brilliant.



    watching billions , on season two just now really enjoying so far.

  13. ————————-Bain—————————



    Boyata Benkovic Simunovic



    Bitton Christie McGregor



    Burke Bayo Weah Edouard

  14. Imperious?



    This is the least imperious we’ve looked in a very long time.



    And we all know what happens when empires become decadent and complacent ….. rampaging huns take over.



    So……any authoritative chat about new defenders?



    HH jg

  15. 50 shades of green on

    Team fur Sat……night ?






    Tony Dedryck AJER Izzy.



    CalMac Broonie.



    Jamsie Ollie n Sinky.







    New guys for the second half…..

  16. Stairheedrammy on

    The first half of the season saw Brendan experiment wildly with team formation in away games immediately after European nights. Because of late goals in at least 2 of these games and a below par performance against the angry mob, that despite their dominance was won by a deflected goal and a marginal offside call amongst some other officiating bias, we find ourselves much closer to the SFA works side than we expected. Without significant player change, without wholesale experimentation and with some less biased refereeing, we are likely to win the league comfortably. So stick that in your pipe.




    Your not allowed to be so positive on here!



    Anyone would think you were a dyed in the wool Tim!!



    Whatever next?




  18. 50 shades of green on

    PHILBHOY on 17TH JANUARY 2019 2:37 PM





    I think the plebs to whom he refers is, err, us.






    Thought that myself mate, also thought it was against blog policy, but hey ho..



    Or maybe being a pleb is a good thing..




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