Sam Stubbs "excited" to follow in his dad's Celtic Park footsteps
Another member of the Stubbs family will get to savour the Celtic Park atmosphere this Wednesday.
Defender Sam – son of former Celtic favourite Alan – is highly likely to be part of the Hamilton Accies side that aim to secure an improbable result at the home of the eight-in-a-row champions.
The 21-year-old has performed pretty well for the Lanarkshire side since moving on loan from Middlesbrough in the summer. However, he is yet to visit the biggest football ground in the country – a ground he admits he has a lot of experience of.
“He (his Dad) has told me all sorts of stories and everything he said is positive about the club,” Stubbs told the Evening Express. “He loved the club. And I think the feeling was mutual with the fans and himself.
“Any chance he gets to go back up he grasps it. I have been to a few games with him over the years as well. I went to the Barcelona game, the one they lost and I have been to a few Old Firm games so I know what the atmosphere can be like.
“It makes me feel excited first, and then second a bit more concentrated, understanding what we are up against and the challenge that we are going to face.
“Obviously it is going to be a great experience but it’s not a day out, it’s work and we are going there for a result.”
Stubbs could be in for a long night at Celtic Park
While you can never afford to take any game for granted in such an important league campaign, you really can’t see us struggling at all against Brian Rice’s men on Wednesday night.
We are playing with such confidence at the moment with goals coming from all over the pitch. The added motivation of a cup final place is also likely to help with the likes of Olivier Ntcham and Lewis Morgan keen to place a claim to start.
Accies haven’t won in any of their last eight matches and they currently sit just a point off bottom. However, one thing we must be a little wary of is their ability to stick in matches. We were dominant in our Lanarkshire meeting in September but failed to kill off the game despite scoring really early.
As a result, things got a little bit interesting in the closing stages. That’s something we could do with avoiding on Wednesday as we target a simple three points and some cotton wool for our most prized assets.