It is less than 24 hours until Celtic take on Rangers in the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden Park. The demand for tickets for the fixture has been huge, as the teams meet in a final for the first time in eight years.
One famous Celtic fan has revealed that he is going to be at the game – Rod Stewart. He also had a message for the Hoops support that are heading to Hampden Park.
“Don’t need any motivation”
“Well Celtic fans don’t need any motivation, but let’s make a lot of noise at Hampden, and I’ll be there amongst you. God bless, long live the Celtic supporters” he said, in a video on BT Sport’s YouTube channel.
Stewart is a regular at Celtic games, and recently attended the 2-1 win over Lazio in Rome. Hopefully he is a lucky charm, and will be witness to another huge Celtic win, this time at Hampden Park.
Role of support could be intriguing
The role of the fans in the game will actually be intriguing. For a start, it is the first Glasgow derby since the allocations for away fans were slashed for the league fixtures. That has made a difference to the league games, all but one have been won by the home side since the number of away fans were cut.
There is also the fact that the number of fans will be split down the middle, 50-50, as is always the case for game at Hampden between the Glasgow rivals.
It is a possibility that the game will be a tense affair. Both sides will be desperate to win, and neither will want to give up the first goal.
Celtic fans will get behind the side like they usually do, and hopefully there aren’t too many complaints if a player makes a mistake. The Hoops support though, know what is at stake. Ten domestic trophies in a row, and the chance to beat Rangers in a cup final. That should be enough to motivate the players, and the support.