In the past, winning the Scottish Cup has been either the end to a triumphant season, or the first step onto greater things. Saturday’s final against Motherwell falls into the latter category. Neil Lennon has done a terrific job with Celtic this season, he has ‘brought the thunder’ back like he promised, and established a bond between the players and the fans which has not been seen at the club since Martin O’Neill’s days at the club. However, the one problem, which Lennon has admitted, is that Celtic have not won any trophies this season.
The League Cup final was largely a disappointment, as Celtic failed to turn up and allowed Rangers to grab the initiative, particularly in extra-time. In the league, Celtic have performed very well, pushing Rangers to the wire and gaining 92 points, but the thing that has to be remembered is that we had the title in our own hands, and managed to blow it. So, it is vital that Celtic end this season of promise with a victory. This team needs to learn to become winners, we don’t want to get into an Arsenal-style situation where a team is lauded for it’s type of football, and not for it’s trophies won.
If we look at the game itself, it has the potential to be difficult. Stuart McCall will have his team up for the game without a doubt, and with players such as John Sutton and Jamie Murphy they will create chances. I’m sure McCall would also love to win the Scottish Cup for his old friend ‘The Gaffer’.
As for the team to play on the Final, I would stick mostly to the team that started on Sunday, with Commons in for Forrest. If it was up to me I would play Stokes alongside Hooper, but if rumours are to be believed it will be Samaras once again up front with Hooper.
In his speech after the game, Neil talked of this season being only the beginning, and ending the season with the Scottish Cup would be a huge step in the right direction. Whilst it may not lead to the glory that followed the 3-2 Cup win over Dunfermline in 1965, it would show that the Lennon Revolution is gathering pace.
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