It’s fair to say that St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark has been feeling the love of the Celtic supporters over the last 15 hours or so.
The Saints number one produced a stunning performance at Ibrox to knock Rangers out of the Scottish Cup. This comes a week after Celtic lost at Ibrox and threatened to gift our rivals a league and cup double.
More importantly, however, the loss for Rangers last night only further ridicules ridiculous comparisons to Celtic’s invincible treble winners.
Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic managed to secure an invincible treble during his time as manager. As we know, this led to Celtic winning both the Betfred Cup and the Scottish Cup without being defeated. Rangers, meanwhile, were dumped out of both competitions by St Mirren and St Johnstone respectively.
Last night’s penalty shootout loss for Rangers surely now ends any comparison to that incredible Rodgers side.
Zander Clark the hero as Celtic look to dent Ibrox confidence further
Clark of course managed to produce an assist before saving two penalties in the shootout. His late header in the dying seconds of extra-time was proded home by Chris Kane. Clark would then go on to deny James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe during the penalty shootout.
And that defeat has now meant that Rangers have suffered defeats in two of three domestic competitions. The only one they haven’t managed to lose a game in is the Scottish Premiership. Next up? Celtic at Ibrox.
That means the Hoops have one final chance to give Steven Gerrard’s side a bloody nose in the league. Given we’ve dominated the ball in each of the last three derbies, you feel a win in this fixture is now long overdue.
Goodness knows what last night’s Scottish Cup drama will have done to Rangers’ morale. All of a sudden, they have nothing left to play for outside of their league run.
And it’s fair to say the Celtic fans were thankful to Clark for stepping up and producing on a big night. Reacting to his performance, Hoops fans were quick to congratulate him on social media:
Hahahaha yesss big man, get yourself up to Celtic we need a keeper 💚
— Adrian the Celt 🍀 (@natking84) April 26, 2021
Good luck in your quest to being the most successful team this season if you win the double
— jack68 (@jackbhoy681) April 25, 2021
What was that big green thing for St Johnstone ??? Kept stopping ball from crossing goal line ???
Asking for a Celtic fan
— Junior Pop (@junior_bhoy) April 25, 2021
Just heard you have been invited to join the ESL big man!!!! What a performance mate… what a performance 👏👏👏👏 🔥 🔥🔥 Good luck to you and your team for rest of tournament 👍 pic.twitter.com/HmIPvT5hrc
— El Capitan 🍀 (@ElCapit31349431) April 26, 2021
Unbelievable performance, totally deserved, enjoy your big day out
— 🏌️⛳ (@Idy2Mo) April 25, 2021
The magic of the fitba’ . Exceptional personal performance. The stuff of dreams . Congratulations hope you and the Team go on and win the Scottish Cup .. 🏆
— 🇳🇬steve murray🇳🇬 (@sdceltic1) April 26, 2021
Zander Clark …. take a bow son 💪🏻
— Lewis’s Celtic Bar CSC Benalmadena 🍀 (@celtic_bar) April 25, 2021
Zander Clark – Celtic legend 😂
— Barcelona MCP (@67Grohl) April 25, 2021