Sport Celtic on verge of Scottish football's greatest ever triumph if they can dump Aberdeen

13:20  29 october  2020
13:20  29 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Celtic eased aside Aberdeen to lift the Scottish League Cup for the 16th time and secure their Aberdeen looked overawed as Celtic won at a canter. Teams tend to live off scraps against Celtic It funny how some people put Scottish football down but they have probably never watched much of it.

Celtic attackers Odsonne Edouard, Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths are the joint top scorers in the league. With the arrogance of the english you would think they could actually win something.Your football team fail every time and your rugby team hoy and greatest ever football manager in fergie.

Paul Hartley has backed Celtic to edge Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday and move to within one game of Scottish football’s greatest EVER achievement.

Neil Lennon and his players are looking to finally secure the treble from last season’s covid-curtailed campaign.

Doing so would be their fourth successive clean sweep of domestic trophies.

And former Hoops star Hartley reckons a quadruple treble would outrank both Celtic and Rangers' nine-in-a-row league runs from years gone by.

The Cove Rangers boss represented all four of this weekend’s semi finalists - winning the Scottish Cup with Hearts in 2006 and Celtic a year later.

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Scottish Football . Celtic moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership with a comprehensive victory over last season' s runners-up, Aberdeen . Rogic, a huge Celtic asset, had smashed one off the Aberdeen crossbar early on, but when the goals started going in, they were delicious.

But great for Scottish football ? A boost to the status of the national sport? Celtic , the economic entity and football team, are not representative of Scottish football . In recent years there have been various European failings before the summer holidays were over by Aberdeen , St Johnstone

And he has tipped the Hoops and Hearts to make it to the final on December 20.

Paul Hartley et al. playing football on a field: Paul Hartley wheels away in celebration after a Champions League goal © SNS Group 0141 221 3602 Paul Hartley wheels away in celebration after a Champions League goal

Would a Celtic triumph five days before Christmas be the greatest triumph Scottish football has ever known?

Hartley told cup sponsors William Hill : “I think it would be the best achievement, so it’s a massive game for Celtic on Sunday with that in mind.

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“They’ve not been at their best since the start of the season, but just one game can turn it for them.

“I think it’ll go all the way to penalty kicks. It’s so tight, but I think Celtic will play Hearts in the final.”

Aberdeen go into Sunday’s semi in confident mood after holding the champions to a 3-3 draw at Pittodrie last weekend.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has lauded Lewis Ferguson for his leadership as well as two goals from the penalty spot against Celtic on Sunday and predicted that the Scottish cyclist Tao Geoghegan Hart sealed victory in the Giro d'Italia in Milan after a dramatic closing weekend of the race.

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It was the third game in the space of a week where Celtic failed to win, coming on the back of a 2-0 Old Firm shocker at Parkhead and a 3-1 Champions League defeat to AC Milan.

Paul Hartley standing on a baseball field © SNS

Hartley added: “I think they’ve got to bounce back on Sunday. There’s a lot of questions getting asked of them because of their patchy form, so there’s a lot of pressure on Celtic this weekend.

“Aberdeen are in good form and playing well, so they’ll definitely fancy their chances.”

Hartley was in Gordon Strachan’s Hoops side that won the league and Scottish Cup double in 2007 - with a goal six minutes from time enough to see off Dunfermline in the showpiece final.

That came a year after he was part of the Hearts team which dumped Gretna on penalty kicks to lift the trophy - after he had been sent off late in the game.

“It was a strange game against Dunfermline,” he recalled.

“We scored with five minutes to go through Jean-Joël Perrier-Doumbé – an unlikely hero from right back. But when you’re in finals it doesn’t matter how you win them you just want to win them.”

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Ratings out of ten for every Celtic player from Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Motherwell. © Mohamed Elyounoussi with the match ball. Picture: SNS The Scottish champions managed to shake off the embarrassment of Thursday night to defeat their Fir Park hosts by four goals to one. © Though Motherwell did ask questions of the Celtic defence, Bain was largely spared from having to do...

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