A lot of water has flowed since September, when Celtic eliminated Partick Thistle from the League Cup. Celtic went on to win the Cup and claim their 10th successive trophy, topped their Europa League group, but slipped last time out, Thistle have dropped into the play-off position, second bottom of the Championship.
Despite this, tomorrow’s Scottish Cup opponents beat second placed Inverness home and away since they lost 5-0 at Celtic Park and recorded a win a Dens. So they are a team who can get their act together on occasion.
Celtic should be in peak condition after the winter break. Firhill is a ground most of the team will be familiar with, the only note of caution will be our performance against Dunfermline at Celtic Park in August. Dunfermline are only three points ahead of Partick but took Celtic to extra time in this season’s League Cup, the only side in four seasons of domestic cup football to be level at the end of normal time.
Thistle, on the other hand, are likely to remember what happened when they faced Jock Stein’s Celtic in the 1971 League Cup Final. Every dog has its day.
It will be good to see our former player, Kenny Miller in a Thistle shirt, the fourth Glasgow team he’s represented.