The last time Celtic lost a domestic cup game was April 2016. They return to Hampden this weekend hoping to keep that record going and book their place in another final. The team from A Celtic State Of Mind preview the game against Aberdeen.
Aberdeen v Celtic Predictions
Brendan Rodgers did not lose a cup tie as Celtic manager. Looking back at the games we played we did not look like losing any of them, but the fact is that the last time we lost a cup game he wasn’t the manager. We go into Sunday’s game without him and it is difficult not to be concerned about what effect this will have on the players. The fans are worried about and we are hoping the players are not.
Calum McGregor followed our captain and leader, Scott Brown, this week by saying Neil Lennon has been great for the squad and the transition from Rodgers to Lennon has been seamless. He has also thrown his weight behind the interim manager getting the job on a long term basis.
“His track record at Celtic as a manager has been outstanding. There’s not been many better in Europe and in league football as well. He has to have a case to get it.” said McGregor before looking south for reasoning “If you see the success with Solskjaer at Man Utd – people will ultimately judge you on success”.
Unlike Solskjaer, Lennon should end up with some silverware this season and success. The improvement in results was enough for the Man United board after the horrors of the final days of Jose Mourinho’s reign, but the feeling is Celtic are still going to go through a recruitment process no matter the result on Sunday.
It’s heartening to hear the players say that they are behind the interim manager. Both parties have been extremely professional since Rodgers left in the face of massive uncertainty, and while performances haven’t been great (which has been the case for nearly all this season) the winning mentality and effort can’t be questioned.
Like our recent game against Rangers, we will try and get as many tried and trusted players on the park as possible. Those players that have thousands of important minutes over many years. Aberdeen held us to a draw a few weeks back and had a decent spell in the second half of the game. They will be looking to contain and stay in the game then take their chance in the second half when we seem to drop in energy. Celtic will need to ensure that they are in front when this happens.
I don’t expect this to be a great game for the neutral and hope that Celtic’s experience is enough to come out on top on the day. A 1-0 victory for Celtic with Edouard scoring.
Under former manager Brendan Rodgers you always looked forward to a trip to Hampden due to the amount of success which the team had there.
Aberdeen has been tough opposition this season, with games between the two sides being very close. The Dons, however, may try to take this game to extra time and penalties but this Celtic side has proven that it can step up for the big games.
The team performed very well in the quarter-final tie at Easter Road which has undoubtedly been the best performance under Neil Lennon. If the former Hoops captain wants to be in with a shot at the manager’s job once again he knows that winning the League along with the Scottish Cup could be crucial. I’m going to go for Celtic to win the game 2-1 with Odsonne Edouard grab a goal after his blistering performance at Pittodrie on Boxing Day.
After Saturday’s disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Livingston, the Bhoys should be desperate to bounce back and Sunday’s game is an absolute must in terms of getting the victory.
Celtic faced a determined figure in the shape of Liam Kelly in the Livingston goal but misses like Oli Burke’s in the last minute are simply not acceptable. Hopefully, Lennon has drilled this into the players as on their day Aberdeen can be a dangerous side. Last month’s draw at home showed that Aberdeen will look to nullify the Celtic threat going forward and with 20 Goal striker Sam Cosgrove back in the side, the Celtic defence will need to stay alert for any counter-attacking danger the Dons may bring.
Lennon historically doesn’t have a great track record at Hampden but our best performances under him so far have come in our toughest games – I’m hoping this is going to be the same and therefore I’m going for Celtic to win 2-0, Ryan Christie to score anytime.
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