Celtic will be looking to make it 28 in a row against Dunfermline

By John Reid

August 16, 2019

The Champions League exit to Cluj was undeniably a dreadful result for Celtic. However, it is time for the club to move on. They take on Dunfermline in the Betfred Cup on Saturday and have the chance to add to a remarkable record.

Should the Hoops defeat the Championship side on at Celtic Park, it will the 28th successive domestic cup victory for Celtic in a row.

Remarkable consistency shown in domestic cups

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That is a truly remarkable statistic and one that should be celebrated by the club. It takes incredible consistency to be unbeaten in one-off cup ties for three years.

Unfortunately, it looks as if a 28th successive cup victory will likely be achieved in a half-full Celtic Park. There is bound to be some fall-out from the Cluj game when it comes to the Dunfermline attendance.

Add to that the game is not on season books. Therefore, a crowd of about 15 to 20,000 is the most likely attendance.

Fringe players must be given a chance


As for the game itself, Celtic’s fringe players might well be handed the chance to show that they should be given an opportunity.

It is a match which seems to be made for the likes of Marian Shved or Christopher Jullien. A convincing win over Dunfermline might not make up for the Cluj defeat. But it would ease the tension which seems to be surrounding the club at the moment.