The cup uspet that ensures Celtic will play a strong Betfred Cup side

By John Reid

September 24, 2019

It is odd that in his first spell as Celtic boss, Neil Lennon never won the Betfred Cup. The Hoops had chances to win the league cup in those four years – they reached the final twice – but Lennon could never complete the domestic clean sweep as manager.

There is one result from those four seasons in charge that sticks out from the rest – the Hoops’s 1-0 loss to Championship side Morton at Celtic Park, in September 2013.

Hoops couldn’t find the back of the net

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Despite relentless pressure, the Hoops were unable to find the back of the net, and Dougie Imrie’s goal in extra time condemned the Hoops to an embarrassing defeat.

There are still some players at Celtic Park who played in that defeat. Scott Brown and Tom Rogic both started the game. It would be no surprise to see the duo start against Partick Thistle in this season’s Betfred Cup tie at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.

The Hoops will be huge favourites against Partick – just like they were against Morton. However, Lennon will be warning against complacency.

‘Right frame of mind’

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He said as much to Celtic’s Twitter account in a pre-match press conference. Lennon wants the Hoops to be ‘professional’ and in a ‘right frame of mind’.

That sounds like the Celtic boss is preparing to pick a strong side to face Partick. You can understand why. He will not want a repeat of the Morton result.

The Hoops will be big favourites to defeat Partick and reach the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup. However, anything can happen in a one-off cup game.

That is why Neil Lennon will be desperate for his Celtic team to keep their current run going, and defeat Partick.

A few players, perhaps some with niggling injuries, may be rested for the Hoops. But on the whole, it seems like a strong Celtic side will take to the pitch.