It was a success for Celtic two weeks ago in the Scottish Cup quarter-final, and the round as a whole has been a big plus.
The Hoops saw off one of the most dangerous challengers, Hibs, at Easter Road in a 2-0 success. They then watched their closest rivals in Rangers bow out with a morale-sapping 2-0 home defeat to Aberdeen.
That has set up a season-defining match between Celtic and the Dons at Hampden on April 13th. It’s just one of two big semi-final clashes, with Hearts facing Inverness in the other.
Neil Lennon has been brought in to hold the fort after Brendan Rodgers jumped ship and left us stranded. The potential idea of securing a treble-treble will be on the mind of the new interim manager.
But, in addition to that, he could be the first Celtic manager to secure three Scottish Cups in-a-row at Parkhead.
Granted, Lennon hasn’t even been here for the full duration of one of them. Rodgers secured an incredible seven consecutive trophies before leaving for Leicester. But Lennon can fully count this Scottish Cup if he takes it. He’ll likely have had to guide Celtic past Hibernian, Aberdeen, and Hearts to win the cup. Therefore, he can certainly claim it.
But the carrot of being the first Celtic manager to seal three Scottish Cups in-a-row would be another feather in his cap.
Consecutive cup wins have been frequent
Celtic have won it back-to-back on numerous occasions. They’ve done it no less than eight occasions in the past, dating all the way back to their first consecutive Scottish Cup successes in 1899 and 1900.
Never has a club seen such dominance in Scottish football should Celtic win nine consecutive domestic trophies. The only other clubs to have won the Scottish Cup three times in a row are Rangers, Queen’s Park, and Vale of Leven. Queen’s Park, interestingly, actually won seven of the first 11 Scottish Cups between 1873 and 1884.
Celtic, of course, still hold the record for most Scottish Cup victories. The Hoops have won the competition 38 times, with Rangers second closest on 33.
So the Scottish Cup this season represents real significance. It gives Celtic the chance to notch another first in their history, as well as the treble-treble.
Here’s hoping this time next season that we’re talking about a first-ever four-in-a-row for a Scottish club. For now, however, we’ll keep our eyes on our third.