Celtic find out who'll be in opposite dugout for Cup Final

By Euan Davidson

December 15, 2021

Celtic will face David Gray in the Hibernian dugout during Sunday’s Premier Sports Cup Final, according to Go Radio.

Although reports have linked former Celtic man Shaun Maloney to take over the role [Sun], it’s clear the Belgium assistant won’t be in place in time for the Hibernian v Celtic Cup Final on Sunday.

Gray led his side to a 1-0 win over Dundee last night, via a bizarre own goal from Paul McMullan [BBC].

Last night, Gray had skilfully dodged questions about whether he’d be leading the Hibernian side out on Sunday afternoon. He said [Daily Record]: “No, nothing has changed.

“We will enjoy tonight as a group, and I think that’s important. We can go home with a smile on our faces because we have done what we set out to do.

“Three points, and two points off fourth, which is what we wanted to do at the start of the night. We are delighted with that.”

Maloney looks primed to take over. A former youth coach at Celtic, he has enjoyed a fruitful spell with former Everton boss Roberto Martinez. He was tentatively linked with roles at the club this season, including as a Director of Football.

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Hibernian situation changes nothing for Celtic ahead of important Cup Final

Of course, this changes nothing for Celtic. The job is still very much the same, and Hibernian will get on with appointing a successor to Jack Ross.

Ange Postecoglou will, after tonight’s game against Ross County, prepare for his first Cup Final as manager of Celtic. Just like Brendan Rodgers before him, the hope will be that the league cup helps to galvanise a winning squad for the future.

Whether David Gray is in the opposite dugout doesn’t really affect that.

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It will, however, provide some continuity for our opponents. After last night’s win, the Hibees are probably feeling a bit better about themselves than in recent weeks. When Jack Ross left, it was after 1 win of 9.

The countdown to the Cup Final continues in earnest, and this is yet another subplot.

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