There may be no fans at Hampden for Celtic’s clash against Aberdeen on Sunday, but it’s still a big game.
As Neil Lennon’s men aim to reach an eighth successive cup final, and win a 14th successive Hampden match – it’s important to remember that it’s not just a big weekend for us.
Aberdeen are also aiming to take a big step towards a first trophy since 2014, and just a second since 1996.
It may be little surprise then that their ‘Red Army’ are keen to let the players know all about the importance of the match – as they displayed a banner at their training ground on Friday.
As per Aberdeen’s official Twitter, the banner read: “It’s our turn this year. Make history.”
🔴 Thank you Red Army for the surprise at Cormack Park this morning.
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) October 30, 2020
It was a clever idea. If only they’d thought of it first.
Banners mean little, as we found out
Rewind a couple of weeks and it was our fanbase who were displaying messages at training before a huge game.
As we told you then, Celtic’s North Curve (primarily the Green Brigade) had let our players know what they expected in our derby against Rangers.
Sadly, it didn’t have the desired effect. Let’s hope the same goes for the Dons on Sunday.
It’s a big game at the National Stadium. The lack of supporters, and the fact that this is effectively a tournament from last season, may mean it is downplayed in some quarters.
The league is, of course, the priority. But had this game been played in its original April slot, it would have been one to really get the blood pumping.
We’re on the verge of a fourth treble in a row. Prior to 2016, we had only won three in our history. (not including ones which included the Glasgow Cup)
If we win this edition of the Scottish Cup it will be yet another major honour, added to the long Celtic list.
Few will remember, nor care, about COVID-19 or empty stadia.
Aberdeen are looking to make history. Bad news, guys. So are we.