Celtic quadruple-treble success hailed by Steve Clarke; wants fresh winners

By David Walton

December 27, 2020

Scotland boss Steve Clarke has hailed the unique Celtic quadruple treble success after watching the “unbelievable” Hampden win vs Hearts.

Celtic had to do it the hard way against the Jambos last Sunday. It initially looked like the Hoops would cruise to their 12th consecutive trophy as they were 2-0 up by half-time in the Scottish Cup final.

However, twice Hearts managed to come back to leave the score at 3-3 after extra-time. The game went to penalties, and Neil Lennon’s side won the cup in dramatic fashion. It bookended a series of unequalled dominance in Scottish football with four consecutive trebles being secured.

And Scotland boss Clarke has labelled the achievement “marvellous”. Albeit, he also admitted Scottish football needs some fresh competition winners:

As quoted by the Herald, Clarke said: “It’s been a strnge time football-wise. You only have to look at the last four in the League Cup to realise that. No-one would’ve predicted that. It’s fantastic for the clubs who are there and, personally, I think it’s brilliant for Scottish football as well. Because it means the trophies will be shared around.

“Celtic’s achievement of 12 consecutive trophies is marvellous but you don’t want to see one club dominating all the time. It’ll be nice to see a different name on a trophy. It shows the power of football. We’ve got into a major tournament with the national team.

“I’ve got to mention the Scottish Cup final as well – what a game that was. It was unbelievable to watch.”

A fresh name on the Betfred Cup, but Celtic will come again

The Betfred Cup this season was disappointing. We were knocked out in unacceptable fashion and that remains the case. However, the game against Ross County undoubtedly came at a time when we were in crisis.

Celtic appear to be in a bit of a better place now. We’ve beaten County at Parkhead in the Premiership since then and have now won five on the bounce. There are genuine signs of optimism for the Celtic supporters once again.

It’s interesting however to hear Clarke say that Celtic and Rangers being out is “fantastic” for Scottish football. I’ve always struggled to get to grips with why it’s so amazing for Scottish football when Celtic lose a cup game.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon with the Scottish Cup / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

You should ask Premier Sports and Betfred whether they’re happy. The sponsors will have been itching for a money-spinning cup final to advertise. They won’t be getting that anymore and the ratings will be way down this year. Success has to be shared of course and a big congrats should go to the four remaining teams. But let’s not pretend this is a huge boost for Scottish football that Celtic are out.

It doesn’t do much for the vast majority of Scottish football. All it does is give another club a trophy. Calling it “fantastic” for the overall game here is a touch overdramatic.

Hibs, St Johnstone, St Mirren, and Livingston are all that’s left as the Betfred Cup reaches the semi-final stages. It’ll be interesting to see who wins it – but it won’t revolutionise Scottish football.

In other news, the derby build-up has kicked off, with Neil Lennon giving a morale-boosting verdict.