"Our support is the best"; Celtic man rallies the troops ahead of Hampden clash

By Euan Davidson

November 18, 2021

Fresh from some excellent injury news, Bhoys defender Stephen Welsh has backed the Celtic supporters to provide a winning atmosphere at Hampden.

Welsh, who came off in midweek with the Scotland U21s, announced he was fit and raring to go for Saturday night. So too will the Celtic support, who have embraced a late kick-off at Hampden. In what’ll surely be a cracker, Callum Davidson’s St Johnstone will be out to retain their League Cup crown.

However, a full allocation of Celtic supporters will be trying their hardest to make it uncomfortable for the Saints on Saturday. In Mount Florida, both teams have enjoyed successes over recent years. The Celtic support haven’t seen their team lose at Hampden since 2016.

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And Stephen Welsh is banking on the crowd to buoy the Bhoys this weekend.

He said [Herald]:

“We are on a good run just now before the international break and we want to continue that. It’s a cup semi-final and a chance to get to the final so it’s a massive game and I am sure everyone will be ready to go. Training will be the usual high-intensity and we are looking forward to the game. Hopefully, all our internationals will come back and we will prepare properly for it.

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“I think every trophy, especially for us, is important. We didn’t win one last season and that’s the main aim – to get to a Cup Final. That’s what we want to do at this club for the fans.

“We will have a great support at Hampden so we are really looking forward to it. Our support is the best. They always come in huge numbers and make a brilliant atmosphere. We are really looking forward to it. We need to use that to our advantage and hopefully, we can send them away to look forward to another cup final because that’s the aim.”

Stephen Welsh is right; Celtic supporters have huge part to play at Hampden

Undoubtedly, there’s going to be a fantastic atmosphere on Saturday night. It’s our first time back at Hampden as a support since Covid-19 was a thing. Before then, the national stadium was an extremely happy place to play.

Fine: Callum Davidson’s side are well-versed in Hampden wins, too. Last year shows that. However, Celtic beat St Johnstone with total comfort at Paradise, ending the game as 2-0 winners with 79% possession [Fotmob].

Limiting any chances St Johnstone get, as Celtic did at Paradise, will be absolutely crucial. But the smart money suggests that Postecoglou will be able to do it again.

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Davidson’s side are impressive, no doubt. Their cup record speaks for itself.

However, with a packed Hampden, full of Celtic supporters, the Bhoys should be too much for the Perth side to handle. At least, that’s how Stephen Welsh sees it.

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