Former Rangers striker and Hearts coach Jon Daly has labeled Celtic “serial winners” as he bigged up the personalities in the club’s dressing room.
The Parkhead performance levels this season haven’t been good enough, with only one or two real complete displays. Indeed, good results have masked plenty of our poorer outings this season, but that hasn’t been the case over the last week.
Rangers and AC Milan both managed to put Celtic to the sword before Aberdeen forced us to drop two more Premiership points on Sunday. All of a sudden, we’re failing to come out on top in matches with our poor performances now firmly in the spotlight.
However, some unlikely backing has arrived in the form of Daly. Speaking to the Evening Times, the Irishman ranked Celtic as the team to beat as they prepare for their Scottish Cup semi-final vs Aberdeen.
“Every player in that Celtic squad is a serial winner who knows how to win trophies and get the job done. They have good memories of being at Hampden, Regardless of Celtic’s form, I still see them as favourites for the competition.
“Aberdeen will take heart from the game on Sunday and will try to use that to get through to the final. Even if Celtic hadn’t wobbled, I still think it’s open. One-off games always give you an opportunity, but it’s going to be very difficult.
“Celtic are the team to beat. With the players at their disposal, I think it’s going to be tough for the other three teams to win it, but certainly not impossible.”
Celtic should find morale-boost in Scottish Cup
Whilst things haven’t been going great since the Rangers defeat in particular, this Sunday’s clash with Aberdeen at Hampden gives us the chance to step back and dust ourselves down.
Beating Aberdeen this weekend to book a potential Scottish Cup final against Hearts or Hibs remains a big deal. It would give us a glorious opportunity to secure our 12th consecutive domestic trophy. A chance to complete a historic treble-treble. Chances like that don’t come around often.
But not only that, the Scottish Cup could be a springboard for Celtic this season. Whilst it’s so often the competition that brings down the curtain on another Scottish football campaign, this year it could raise ours.
Many fans will just want to crack on with the league of course, and who can blame them? We all want to get cracking and start putting pressure on Rangers as soon as possible. However, these games can be used to our advantage, and it’s down to us to seize that chance.
Celtic remain the favourites and are indeed the team to beat in the Scottish Cup. It’s foolish to think otherwise. Yet whether we actually show why that’s the case is up in the air given our recent performances.
It remains to be seen whether this competition provides us with a new lease of life. But even if we could do with getting thrown back into league action, the Scottish Cup game with Aberdeen is still welcome.