2017 Celtic defeat still haunts Andy Considine
Neil Lennon’s Celtic may be well on course for a fourth successive treble this season – but it’s their first success that still lingers with Andy Considine.
The veteran defender, 32, was part of the Aberdeen team that lost to the Hoops in both cup finals during the 2016/2017 season.
The Celts, then led by Brendan Rodgers, defeated Aberdeen 3-0 in the Betfred Cup final before snatching late drama through Tom Rogic in a 2-1 Scottish Cup final success.
And despite that latter game being nearly three years ago, it still holds hurt for Considine as he reflected on coming so close in the competition so far.
“It would have been nice to have gone that one step further and actually won the cup,” he told the Press and Journal ahead of Aberdeen’s trip to Kilmarnock in the tournament tonight.
“The Celtic final three years ago stands out as the one that leaves a real lump in your throat.
“We were the closest we’ve come in my time here as we took them to the last few minutes before Tom Rogic hit the late winner.
“That final could have gone either way on the day so that was really tough to take having been so near.”
Considine must curse this brilliant Celtic side
Celtic’s record-breaking period of dominance over the past three and a half seasons has been magical.
However, many players at other Scottish clubs would probably beg to differ.
In the years prior to Rodgers’ appointment, Aberdeen, St. Johnstone, Ross County, Inverness, Kilmarnock and St. Mirren all tasted success in one of the two major competitions.
Since 2016, only one of those sides have made a final, and they were swotted away on each occasion by the rampant Celts.
Players like Considine must curse this current group of Hoops stars for being so good. That’s the blunt reality of it.
And while other Scottish based players crave just one cup success, we must always make sure we’re enjoying every minute of our extended period of dominance.
Here’s hoping we can break a few more hearts between now and the end of May.