St Johnstone officially ended Celtic’s dominance of Scottish football when they secured the Betfred Cup at Hampden yesterday.
Celtic had previously won all 12 of the major domestic trophies on offer beforehand in what was four years of supreme success. Brendan Rodgers’ legacy, despite his controversial departure, is there for all to see. Neil Lennon, meanwhile, played his part in seeing through five of those trophy wins himself.
But it all came to an end yesterday. Indeed, Shaun Rooney’s powerful header secured an historic 1-0 win for the Perth side. It’s their first competition win since the 2014 Scottish Cup and the first time in their history in which they’ve won the League Cup.
Unsurprisingly, the scenes post-match were jubilant. Callum Davidson managed to bag his first trophy in his first year as a professional manager. It was an emotional day for the Saints, who fully deserved the trophy win given the balance of play.
However, hours after their success, footage was posted on social media of their bus journey home. St Johnstone decided to take a detour on the way back to Perth as they drove past Celtic Park.
St Johnstone’s Celtic Park dig was harmless
In the footage, there appeared to be a bit of goading from the team bus in the direction of Scotland’s biggest football stadium. As one player filmed the drive past Parkhead, another was heard shouting “we’ve got yer cup”.
It seemed to send social media into a bit of a craze. Unsurprisingly, rival fans loved it (even those who didn’t actually win the trophy). But it also split the Celtic supporters a touch too.
Some were happy to take it jovially, recognising that it was a big day for the Saints and that we deserve everything negative that comes our way this season. Others, however, took it as a sign of how much Celtic have broken the rest of Scottish football.
For me, it was a bit of a light-hearted dig. It’s the kind of humour we would be idolising if the Celtic players goaded Rangers whilst driving past Ibrox. It’s important not to get too wound up with stuff like this.
Here’s a look at how some Hoops fans responded in any case:
Truly. We have broken every single team in Scotland. https://t.co/ho6GXgU55T
— Boristhehead (@BigPatsy01) February 28, 2021
Years of domination and there labelling the trophy they’ve just won as ours, least they know there place. https://t.co/n0aJN00TrU
— JullienCsc (@chrisJullienCSC) March 1, 2021
Well played St J, well played . 👏 https://t.co/owcGi26PMx
— CelticTigress (@Celtic__Tigress) March 1, 2021
Well done and a bit of humour to boot, getting upset with this is ridiculous….
P.S. It is our cup 👏👏 https://t.co/BrEXSguvfU
— Thomas Conroy (@Iamthomasconroy) March 1, 2021
— David Jackson McGill (@DavidJackson88) March 1, 2021
Good banter lads soak it up great achievement.😂👍 https://t.co/D2VlvVGjIZ
— Hugh lynch 🇮🇪🇪🇺☘️ (@Hughbhoy) March 1, 2021
Do we live rent free through the league … concentrate on finishing top 6 boys 😊🖕🏼 https://t.co/f8h5NZC7V0
— Lisa Sloan ⚽️ 🍀 (@ailidhsmum) March 1, 2021
"We've got your cup". Great banter from St Johnstone 👏 Don't let it happen next year CELTIC 👍🍀 https://t.co/eVVXazIS7h
— Michael McCahill 🍀 (@MickMcCahill) March 1, 2021
Win a rare trophy and first thought is to drive past the home of the 9IAR quadruple treble champions😂 we have seriously damaged scottish football over the last 9 years😂😂😂 https://t.co/231MBMdATR
— DJB (@Bhoy1888Celtic1) February 28, 2021