Celtic must have their eye on the ball against Dunfermline
Celtic can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves when they face Dunfermline Athletic for a place in the last eight of the Betfred Cup.
The Pars travel to Glasgow this Saturday looking to end the Hoops’ three year grip on the new-look trophy. They may be boosted by the low-key atmosphere anticipated in the East End following the recent Champions League devastation against CFR Cluj.
However, Celtic can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves this weekend. They must get over that Euro disappointment and take a step towards a tenth successive domestic trophy.
Celtic are looking to continue a trend against Dunfermline
Celtic’s record in the domestic cups over the past three seasons has been absolutely perfect. The Hoops have won each of their last 27 ties in 90 minutes. In fact, their last cup defeat is still that famous penalty loss to Rangers back in April 2016.
Lennon steadied the ship and guided the side through three Scottish Cup ties last term. But they were all high-octane clashes, unlike Saturday’s match-up.
Celtic Park is likely to be less than half full for the visit of the mid-table Championship outfit. That means that the players will have to create their own atmosphere on an afternoon where even the smallest of things going wrong could set the tone.
Lennon has previous for some horrendous results in the competition. Fans will look back at Greenock Morton’s win in Glasgow in 2013 as a perfect warning as to what can happen if the team don’t show up.
Hopefully it is an easy afternoon for the Celts.