Raith Rovers supporters cannot believe they've to head back to Celtic Park again

By David Walton

January 23, 2022

It appears that the Scottish Cup draw pitching Celtic with Raith Rovers has left many of our rival supporters totally bewildered.

The two sides were also drawn against each other in the quarter-finals of the Betfred Cup back in September. The Hoops cruised into the semis on that occasion with a routine 3-0 win that could’ve been even greater. Jota, Liel Abada, and David Turnbull did the damage that night with Rovers ending the game with 10 men.

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Whilst fixtures like this one can provide clubs like Raith with fine paydays, it certainly doesn’t help them with regards to potential progression. And you can bet the Stark’s Park side would’ve liked a kinder opportunity to reach the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Raith managed to overcome Banks O’Dee with a 3-0 away-day success over the weekend. And in truth, they’re having a fine season in Scotland’s second tier too. Former Celtic opposition scout John McGlynn has Raith up in 4th and just 6 points behind top spot.

But there’s no denying it’s a draw that won’t give Raith the best chance of progression. Not when you look at the rest of the teams still in the competition.

Raith look like lambs to the Celtic Park slaughterhouse

Ange Postecoglou would likely bristle at the thought of being so dismissive of the opposition. However, whilst shocks can happen anywhere in football, Rovers really do look like being turned over comfortably.

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When the 2 sides met back in September, Celtic were nowhere near as strong as they are now. They didn’t have a settled starting XI and certainly didn’t have depth they now boast.

A host of our injured stars are now back in action whilst the likes of Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate, Yosuke Ideguchi, and Matt O’Riley have all joined the ranks. Celtic have the ability to keep themselves fresh for every fixture they come up against.

So it’s no wonder that Raith fans are feeling a sense of deja vu here. Postecoglou won’t dismiss any challenge as routine, but it’s a fixture Celtic really should have no problems in negotiating.

And it’s clear the Raith fans understand that too, because many of them don’t sound as though they’re particularly looking forward to the contest. Here’s a look at some of their reaction to the draw:

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