It may be only 13 months since Celtic last played Partick Thistle. However, a lot has changed at Celtic since then. The teams are set to meet in the Betfred Cup quarter-final on Wednesday Park at Celtic Park.
They last met in last season’s Betfred Cup in August 2018, where the Hoops won 3-1. The biggest change that has happened at Celtic since then is in the position of manager.
Brendan Rodgers was Celtic boss for that game at Firhill. He ended up leading the Hoops to a third consecutive Betfred Cup triumph under his management.
Manager will be looking to change cup record
The man in charge of Celtic now is Neil Lennon, who has yet to win the Betfred Cup as Celtic boss. That is a record that he will be looking to change this season.
As for the team that played at Firhill 13 months ago, Cristian Gamboa and Emilio Izaguirre both started the game and Moussa Dembele came on as a sub and scored. All three have left the club since then.
Scott Sinclair started the game. However, he is unlikely to feature at Celtic Park as he has rarely played for the Hoops this season.
There was no place in the side for Ryan Christie, who wasn’t the first-team regular he would become yet, whilst the Hoops main striker Odsonne Edouard was injured.
Duo likely to start both games
As for players who are likely to play in both games, Kristoffer Ajer and Scott Brown started at Firhill. Both will start the game at Celtic Park you would imagine.
Jack Hendry started at Firhill, and Celtic’s current centre-back injury crisis could see him make an unlikely return to the side.
There is always a turnover of players at football clubs, but at the managerial level that is not always the case. Hopefully the outcome of the game will be the same, Celtic progression in the Betfred Cup.