Celtic’s pursuit of a historic treble treble is now going to be the toughest one yet.
That’s because the Scottish Cup results at the weekend ensured that there’ll be no easy challenges for Celtic if they’re to take the biggest cup competition in the country for the third year in a row.
Many Hoops fans will be praying that come May they already have the league championship wrapped up. That would leave just a Scottish Cup final to negotiate, should Celtic win their quarter-final tie against Hibernian and a semi-final in April.
But, interestingly, the likes of Aberdeen, Rangers, Hibernian, Hearts, and Kilmarnock are all still in the competition. These are the remaining Premiership outfits left standing, and all of them have beaten Celtic under Brendan Rodgers. Hibs, Hearts, and Killie have done it more than once.
That won’t stop the fact that Celtic are still huge favourites for the competition. Winning seven consecutive domestic competitions will do that. But it doesn’t change the fact the Hoops have a real challenge on their hands this season.
Last night, they were of course given a tough draw at Hibs. Yes, Celtic saw off the Easter Road side with ease at Parkhead just one week ago. But their Scottish Cup tie isn’t at Celtic Park.
Firing blanks at Easter Road
The Hoops have failed to win in any of their last three matches in Leith. Their last two have ended in defeats in which Celtic have been absolutely bossed in.
Those matches, of course, were lost against former Celtic manager Neil Lennon. He’s since departed Easter Road, and they currently remain managerless. No doubt when a new man comes in, he’ll get the famous new manager bounce just in time for the quarter-final match.
It’s just another challenge that shows the difficulty of obtaining the treble treble this season. Nobody said it was going to be easy, and it certainly won’t be.
If Celtic progress, it’ll be a terrific result. But even then, they’re going to have a couple more tough challenges if they’re to take the Scottish Cup this season.
Bring it on.