ANDY HALLIDAY has claimed that the Scottish Cup draw against Celtic is ‘perfect’, despite the Hoops winning 3-1 against the Jambos on Wednesday.

The timing of the encounter is ideal for Halliday, who got a warm reception from the Parkhead crowd on Wednesday night, admitting that they’ll have to beat the Scottish champions at one point if they have ambitions of winning it.

Halliday, who is experienced in losing in the final of the Scottish Cup, three times to be precise, admitted it was the perfect tie for Hearts, who have ambitions of winning a trophy this season.

Andy Halliday
Britain Soccer Football – Celtic v Rangers – Scottish League Cup Semi Final – Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland – 23/10/16
Rangers’ Andy Halliday looks dejected after the game
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He said: [Daily Record]

“We have improved in terms of our squad. From our perspective, we will strive to get better every year and I think we have done that since I came to the club. But the most important thing to doing that is finishing as high in the league as possible.

“It’s a cup I’d love to win before my career ends but you can look at this two ways. For me, Celtic are heavy favourites to go and win it this year so for me it’s a perfect draw for us at the quarter-finals.

“You have a better chance of beating them at Celtic Park or Hampden so for me it was the perfect draw. We have set out ambitions to try and win a cup.

“We have been in the final the last couple of years. If you want to win it there’s a good chance you’ll need to beat Celtic or Rangers, so I think the draw has come at a good time for us.”

“It will be two very good teams attacking from the get go. It will be played at a frantic pace like it was the last one (at Tynecastle).”

Celtic had to work hard for their win on Wednesday night, but Saturday will be a completely different game. The Hoops will have their starters back and will be hungry for another win and their name in the hat for the semi-final as they look to boost their treble hopes.

As for Haliday, the ‘perfect’ scenario for his side will be to not receive a humiliation, which this Celtic team are more than capable of dishing out.


  1. I hate the fact that pundits have latched onto this Americanism ” from the get go” it’s absolute nonsense and not even grammatically correct. What’s wrong with the normal and correct saying “from the word go”? Cmon pundits get it right.


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