It’s hard not to love summer football. Sunshine out, the Hoops on, a fresh beverage in hand and nothing but good cheer. That’s what is on the cards tomorrow according to the Met Office, who are predicting a Saturday scorcher for Celtic fans at the Scottish Cup Final.
One of the hottest afternoons of the year to date is expected with highs of 22 degrees Celsius blessing the city and clear skies predicted for much of the day. The BBC reports that there is zero chance of rain.
With Celtic fans congregating at Glasgow Green for a march to the national stadium, the excitement will start early ahead of the 5:30 pm kick-off. By the time full-time rolls around, temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius are expected to hold and the club is anticipating a Celtic Park gathering if the trophy is secured.
They’ve constructed a stage area and put barriers up for fans to attend on The Celtic Way in the event of the club’s eighth treble in history – a world record.
That’s far from guaranteed of course. Inverness Caledonian Thistle will be out to make the afternoon as difficult as possible for Ange Postecoglou’s team. A win for them would be a legendary moment for the Highlands and set them up with access to European football and, by their standards, enormous income.
Billy Dodds and his team haven’t managed to play a competitive match for the last month but have taken in a number of bounce games. They’ve had nothing but Celtic on their minds since the Championship season ended and will be well-drilled to combat us as best as they can.
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Realistically, it’s all about the Bhoys. If Callum McGregor and his teammates turn up and play to their potential, it’s hard to see a defeat on the cards. It will require our players to step up and take the big moments that come their way – but they’ve proven they can do that time and again.
So, leave your coats at home, get the SPF lotion on and prepare to enjoy a lovely summer day. It could and should be an occasion that creates brilliant memories for us all. Oh, Hampden in the sun!