Tannadice the scene for Cup quarter final


On Saturday my mind wandered, as it does, to the demise of Gretna in 2008.  The village team were bankrolled through the Scottish league system until promotion to the SPL in 2007 but then the cash ran out.  The club went into liquidation a few weeks from the end of the season but while most of the first team squad were made redundant, a few remained on a week-to-week basis to see out the remaining league programme, assisted considerably by the SPL and Livingston FC, who made their ground available.

Should Rangers fail around the same time, I thought, how apt it would be for us to meet them in the Scottish Cup final.  We would be there at the end to wave goodbye to a unique institution.  Witnesses to the final whistle on a club with an enormously controversial history.

Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed by Dundee United at Ibrox yesterday, who Flushed Away the opposition and won their first game against an SPL team in 2012.  We will have to scramble for tickets for the prospective event at another venue.

United seem set to try their hardest to spoil my enjoyment of the Cup.  Our quarter final draw against them next month will be one of the toughest games of the season.

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  1. There is a couple of things worrying me regarding our present team.


    I don’t think I can remember when we had such an abundance of brilliant young talent.


    However, complacency in certain players during prime games, ICT for one, last season cost us the league.


    Likewise a terrible start could have left us out of the running this year, despite the huns being useless.


    Most of all, what worries me, is the fact that although we are dominating games, we are not destroying the opposition.


    We need a few 5 or 6 nil wins, to stamp our authority all over this season.


    Laughing at the huns as they wallow in their home-made misery is grand, but until we have won the league, it is all a sideshow.

  2. @Pmacgiollabhain Phil MacGiollaBhain


    “Coisty” did well to get a 6 figure pay-off in his contract drawn up by a certain Martin Bain. He really is unsackable…

  3. Cup match is away. Excellent stuff. Ground will be full. Our fans will be in full voice. Our pitch will stay in good condition for the Jelly & Ice Cream extravaganza.


    What’s not to like?


    The Celtic East Coast Road show rolls on.




  4. Paul67



    Thank God we cannot meet the huns at the end of the


    season(end of the world for them) there would be murder.

  5. Hubris–for explanation and resume read Minty Murray. As for the odds of 10 in a row away games—I’m fairly good at maths but it has to be astronomical. Houston, we have a problem.

  6. MadraRua says:


    6 February, 2012 at 15:19



    Do you not think the players have grown as a team since the times you are talking about??



    Past results matter little when you have a team that has won 15 games on the Mo’ bounce..



    So whatcha worrying about??




  7. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    Who picks the people to make the Cup draw and what is the rationale for Billy Davies being one of them?

  8. the long wait is over on

    Didnt someone post that the odds against us picking up all the away ties we’d had in the Scottish cup since 2009 was 256-1?



    If so has that draw now made those odds 512-1?







  9. Tough draw but we are never at our best against the “wee ” teams,I would rather be playing than watching!!!

  10. Paul67



    We have a very good record up there and would it not drive home the pain for the bares even more, to see us eliminate the team who put them out with ease.



    The Big Man upstairs had a plan all along and it is falling into place…




  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    The theory of the pre-determination of Cup draws in Scottish football has exceeded the 3 Sigma level.

  12. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Modren theory of pre-determination of Cup draws in Scottish football exceeding the 3 Sigma level is rubbish.

  13. Green Lantern (((((0))))) on

    An away tie at Tannadeechey will at least ensure that Celtic will be well up for it, and it could turn out to be a really great football game with the ball played on the deck for a change in Scotland.

  14. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Green lantern



    He is an unemployed Scottish football legned both on and off the park.



    Most suitable indeed!

  15. I think its a good draw. I agree with Big Chips that its sometimes tougher at home in the cup than it is away. I would also prefer to go to Tannadice than Fir Park or Tynecastle or indeed Ayr or Love St.

  16. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Paisley, thatcher and the huns all in a week?



    Wonder what the odds are/

  17. The Battered Bunnet on

    Shout for Scott Brown.



    Since returning to the team a few weeks ago, he is showing a side to his game that we had not seen before.



    He is clearly responding to Lenny’s coaching and encouragement.

  18. !!Bada Bing!! Kano 1000 on

    Green Lantern-Billy Davies’ current blanket media exposure is IMO,him being manoeuvred in to position by Whytes people.Dead man’s shoes and all that.

  19. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Anyone place a bet on us getting the Arabs ?



    Were the odds short ?



    HAil Hail

  20. Son of Gabriel on

    The script was written.


    Let’s jst keep winning Celtic



    Yesterday on this was phenomenal btw. Couldn’t even bring myself to slag the blue noses in the pub they were so sick.



    Lovin the unsackable comment!



    Every1 is missing the big question tho. What flavour of ice cream?

  21. Why the concern with being drawn against Dundee Utd? At least they should try to play open attacking football against us i would have been more concerned if we had to travel to meet the hammer thowers of Murderwell.

  22. Just been informed by colleagues at work that Dundee Utd recently had a similar run of away draws in the cups:






    QF-Dunfermline (home)




    R4-East Stirlingshire (away)


    R5-Hamilton (away)







    R2-Alloa (away)


    R3-Ross Cty (away)


    QF-St Johnstone (away)




    R4-Partick Thistle (away)


    R5-St Johnstone (away)


    QF-Rangers (away)







    R3-Ross Cty (away)


    QF-Motherwell (away)




    R4-Ross Cty (home)

  23. lochgoilhead bhoy on

    If 3 years ago you said what are the odds of us not getting a home draw in the next 3 years then I guess the odds are big. However today when the draw was made the odds were even.

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