Former Celtic legend Chris Sutton has made what could be described as an unexpected claim about the Scottish Cup and the possibility of the Hoops winning the trophy for the fourth season in a row, the Daily Record reports.
With the Hoops out of Europe, perhaps some fans would be forgiven for thinking that the Scottish Cup takes even more importance now.
That is not necessarily the view of Sutton, who claims, in his Daily Record column, that winning the cup would be a ‘bonus’, but it pales in comparison to winning the league.
“It would be a bonus”
“I don’t even think the Scottish Cup is ultimately a necessity. It would be incredible to win another treble but it would be a bonus as the league is the be all and end all right now” Sutton said.
Okay, the league is obviously the most important trophy to win at the end of the season. However, to describe the Scottish Cup as a ‘bonus’ and not a ‘necessity’ is perhaps going too far.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon and his players will be determined to maintain the proud record that the Hoops have in cup competitions, starting with Sunday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final against St Johnstone.
Celtic haven’t lost a domestic cup tie since 2016, when the Hoops lost to Rangers on penalties. That was so long ago Brendan Rodgers hadn’t even managed the club.
Hoops’ cup record is worth treasuring
That is a record to treasure, and you only need to look at the reaction from the players, fans and Celtic coaches when the Hoops defeated Rangers in the Betfred Cup Final earlier this season to show how much winning trophies means to the players.
The last thing Celtic need right now, after the loss to Copenhagen, is a defeat in another cup competition. Therefore, Sutton has got it wrong when it comes to the Scottish Cup this season.
It will mean far more to the current Celtic side than a ‘bonus’, especially if the Hoops go on to complete a fourth domestic treble in a row.