Celtic aiming for Scottish Cup victory, with SFA planning May Final

By Euan Davidson

March 3, 2021

Celtic have had a difficult season, but with the Scottish Cup Final set to be held in May, it’s not all lost.

Yesterday, we shared that the SFA were planning to continue with the Scottish Cup. Also, Leagues 1 and 2, the SWPL1 and 2 and some Highland League teams were given the green light to resume.

With the Bhoys missing out on two out of three pieces of silverware this season, today has brought a welcome boost. Celtic can finish the season with a Cup Final, after the SFA announced its intentions in a statement today.

The SFA announced:

“Following yesterday’s announcement that SPFL League One and Two and Highland League clubs who remain in the competition are permitted to return to play immediately, the Scottish Cup is now set to recommence this month.

“The competition will resume on Tuesday, 23 March in order to complete the outstanding ties from the Second Round before the Third Round is played on the weekend of 3 April.

“The last two weekends in April will see the Fourth and Fifth Rounds of the competition completed prior to the Semi-Finals which will be held across the weekend of 8 May.

“The 2021 Scottish Cup Final will bring the curtain down on the season at Hampden Park on Saturday, 22 May.”

The Scottish Cup trophy, with the customary green ribbons / (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

John Kennedy, Celtic interim boss, has massive Scottish Cup opportunity

This is good news for everyone, but particularly Celtic interim boss John Kennedy.

With Celtic having already made Scottish Cup history with 4 consecutive wins, 5 would be a long, long-standing record. Undoubtedly, it would bolster John Kennedy’s CV, and his chances of remaining in the manager’s job, should he want to.

It’s an opportunity that wasn’t afforded to Neil Lennon in 2010. When the ex-Celtic manager began his first interim spell, he had 8 league games left, too. However, for Lennon then, there was no chance of cup glory. Kennedy could go a significant one better than his former boss by securing an incredible 5-in-a-row.

Whether John Kennedy wants the Celtic job long-term is a different discussion. He’s gone out of his way to cool speculation on that front. Perhaps, he sees the extent of the rebuild needed at Celtic, and would prefer a different role.

That role could be as Sporting Director, a job that Brendan Rodgers wanted Kennedy to have in 2019.

If he can return to behind-the-scenes involvement at the club with a Scottish Cup winner’s medal, then all the better.

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