Semi-final statistic could be good omen for Celtic ahead of cup final

By John Reid

November 5, 2019

An intriguing statistic about Celtic’s recent 5-2 win over Hibs in the Betfred Cup semi-final could prove to be a good omen for the Hoops heading into next month’s final against Rangers.

The SPFL Twitter account revealed that it was the first-time Celtic has scored five goals in a semi-final since 1980.

Interestingly, Celtic’s opponents in 1980 were Hibs, who they defeated 5-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final. They then went on to defeat Rangers 1-0 in that year’s Scottish Cup Final.

Perhaps that will prove to be a happy omen for the Hoops heading into this year’s Betfred Cup Final against the same opponents.

The Hoops have not played their bitter rivals in a cup final since the league cup final in 2011. Neil Lennon’s side lost 2-1 after extra time.

Current boss involved in last final win over rivals

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In happier times, Lennon was part of Gordon Strachan’s coaching staff when the Hoops defeated Rangers 2-0 in the league cup final in 2009.

It will be interesting to see how this game goes. Perhaps in years gone by the league/Betfred Cup was looked down on compared to the Scottish Cup.

That has certainly not been the case for Celtic recently. Winning the Betfred Cup has provided a launching pad to winning the treble in the last three seasons.

Important games still to come before cup final

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Hoops fans will hope that proves to be the case once more this season. Celtic have some important games ahead of the Betfred Cup Final to navigate first. There are Europa League matches to play against Lazio and Rennes.

There are a host of important league games as well. However, as the days count down towards the cup final, the more Celtic fans will start to think about the game, and the possibility of a first cup final win in a decade over the Hoops’ bitter rivals.