BBC pundit and Celtic shareholder Pat Bonner has torn into the Hoops for ripping up the chance to make history this season as he dismissed the idea that the Scottish Cup could be a bonus.
Today’s 0-0 draw at Tannadice has officially ended the club’s title chances, even if it was unofficially over weeks ago. The result means Celtic are now a pathetic 20 points behind our rivals with only six games remaining. The title-race has also been won before the split as the campaign gets more and more abysmal for John Kennedy’s side.
Looking ahead to the final few games of the season, the only thing left to play for is the Scottish Cup. Celtic can still secure the famous old cup for the fifth consecutive year.
But Bonner has dismissed the importance of it this season in the aftermath of losing the league title. Speaking to BBC Sportsound post-match today [BBC Radio Scotland, 07/03, 13:59], the Parkhead great said: “Congratulations to Rangers, but from a Celtic perspective, they’ve been absolutely dreadful. They played well today but haven’t put up a title challenge in any shape or form.
“There is no bonus for Celtic, even if they win the Scottish Cup this year. They’ve thrown away an almighty chance to make history by winning 10 titles in a row.”
Bonner not interested – but is the Scottish Cup a priority now?
Bonner has made his thoughts on the Scottish Cup perfectly clear. He doesn’t believe the Hoops deserve any credit if it’s won as it’ll prove to be irrelevant to the season. s For many, it’ll be difficult to argue too much with that.
If Celtic secure the Scottish Cup, however, it will still signify some hope. If Kennedy can lead this sorry Hoops side to a cup, it at the very least gives us a small boost. Especially if we can beat Rangers along the way to the competition.
But let’s make no mistake either. 10-in-a-row was all that mattered. It was all we cared about coming into the campaign. All we cared about at the start of the season. Even Europe wasn’t as much of a priority this term – showing just how much this meant to the Celtic supporters.
However, let’s not kid ourselves – the Scottish Cup is the only thing worth salvaging now. If we find ourselves knocked out of that competition and staring at a trophyless season – it’ll only leave us even more infuriated. It’ll be yet another stick to beat the club with. And rightly so.
It’s all a bit raw just now and that’s to be expected. We’ve just our first league championship since 2011. It was always going to be raw and painful when this day came. But in the coming weeks, the importance of securing the cup will be clear.
If anything, it would at least give the supporters something to smile about.