Celtic have today confirmed that their Scottish Cup Glasgow Derby showdown away to Rangers, will take place on Saturday the 17th of April at 4pm.
🟢⚪️ #ScottishCup Fourth Round fixture confirmation 🏆
🏟️ Ibrox https://t.co/doeSK2wcXK
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 6, 2021
The Celts head to Ibrox hoping to claim a monumental victory, as they look to go on to win the Scottish Cup for a record fifth successive season. Of course, the competition represents the only remaining avenue of silverware open to the Celts after a disappointing 2020/21 campaign. The winners of the tie will host either St Johnstone or Clyde in the quarter-final [The Scottish Sun].
Celtic advance into the Fourth Round of the competition after a resounding 3-0 win vs Falkirk last Saturday [Sky Sports]. Positively, a first start for James Forrest since September 2020 yielded an impressive performance for the 29-year-old. Registering the opening goal in the encounter, the Scot will be key to dismantling the Rangers backline next Saturday.
Supporters react to derby
Fans were quick to respond on social media:
— Gillobhoy77 🇮🇪🍀 (@briangillo77) April 4, 2021
Bring them on! 🙌🏼👌🏼
— 💚🐾 Claire 🐾💚 (@MissClairey1888) April 4, 2021
Bring them on
— Paul (@Wyndbhoy67) April 4, 2021
Payback time 🍀
— Christopher McQuade (@chrismcquade67) April 4, 2021
Chance for some honour this year, let’s take it!!!
— Chuck McCaughley (@ChuckMccaughley) April 4, 2021
— Ryan McCluskey (@mccluskeyry) April 4, 2021
Scottish Cup provides huge opportunity for Celtic
Supporters will be able to view the fixture on Premier Sports, as they have obtained the rights to Scottish Cup coverage this season. The Hoops will fancy themselves in the tie and should take inspiration from the 1-1 stalemate between Celtic and their arch-rivals two weeks ago [BBC].
The timing of the game is strange, though. After the unusual 7.30 kick off on Saturday, Premier Sports have seemingly pushed for a 4pm start time. If this tie were to be played in a Covid-free Glasgow, then that surely wouldn’t be the case.
— Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) April 6, 2021
Despite not claiming all three points, the Celts were noticeably the better side in the previous clash. Missing several opportunities throughout the fixture, Celtic will need to be clinical in order to dispatch their opponents. Potentially, the Hoops could have a new manager in the dugout come the 17th April, although no announcement has come to fruition.
Celtic, particularly John Kennedy and Scott Brown, know how a 5th consecutive Scottish Cup would be. For Broony, it’d represent the perfect send-off after 14 years at the club. Kennedy, meanwhile, would be able to add a trophy to his coaching CV.
All they need to do next is overcome Rangers.
Excitingly, the stage is now set for a mouth-watering contest next weekend. Here’s hoping we can all celebrate a Celtic victory.