The jubilation and jokes quickly surfaced online after Celtic were drawn against The Rangers in the semi-final of the League cup.
Headlines like ‘Celtic manage to avoid Aberdeen’, something which I do actually think is a plus but I don’t buy into the bravado shown by many after the 5-1 hammering that took place just a few short weeks ago against the Ibrox side.
While it will never get old of reminding them of the result and how much it will be spoken about in the run up to the semi-final tie, it will have no bearing on what goes on inside Hampden.
Celtic have went to Hampden in recent years and capitulated against lesser teams. The willingness to explore a route to fail by some of the Celtic players who are still in and around the team over the past few years is always a concern. Case and point when this new Ibrox outfit managed a win against us on penalties, something that shouldn’t have happened.
The 5-1 game was inevitable in my eyes, I had never walked into Celtic Park in all my life so confident of not only a result but a thumping one. The team delivered on that day to the full with the backing of a raucous Celtic Support closing in on all the opposition players who wanted the ground to swallow them whole.
At Hampden, the atmosphere is very different! The fans are split down the middle and who knows what the state of the pitch will be like when we roll up at the end of October. All these factors make this game a very different proposition from the game at Celtic Park. This is not me getting my excuses in early as such because I do believe Celtic will still win the day and conquer the team who are aspiring for a top half SPFL finish. What I am saying, is it won’t be another 5-1 thumping. A win by the odd goal or maybe two if we’re on point.
Anyone who remembers the harsh defeats we’ve suffered over the years in cup competitions will perhaps share my trepidation to a degree while many will have the 5-1 game still ringing loud in the memory and be wondering what exactly I’m on about it and that’s okay too. In your face optimism beats my dull pragmatic approach hands down, but I’ve learned it softens the blow just a little.