Three Hampden repeats we want to see on Sunday
It’s almost 20 months since we last faced Rangers at Hampden – but few will forget that wonderful Sunday afternoon when we put four past our old rivals on our way to a sixth successive domestic trophy.
Nearly two years have passed and we’re now on nine in-a-row with a big chance for that glorious ten at the weekend. The fixture is likely to be a little tougher than that 4-0 drubbing in April of last year, but we could always hope for a repeat.
That Scottish Cup clash saw some very memorable moments of laughter and euphoria. And we wouldn’t mind seeing some again this weekend. Here is our Hampden wishlist. No pressure Celtic, and Rangers.
Another Andy Halliday meltdown
Andy Halliday being taken off after a shocking 41 minutes and then shouting verbal abuse at his manager will take a lot of beating. The midfielder had endured a tortuous first-half against the rampant Celts but his afternoon was soon to get a lot worse as Graeme Murty removed him from the action, to the joy of the jubilant Celtic support.
“Nananana Andy Halliday, Halliday, Andy Halliday” rang around the Celtic end in a complete mockfest of the former Bradford man’s performance.
So could we see a repeat on Sunday? Well Halliday hasn’t featured for Rangers since October, but he was on the bench for the first time in seven matches at Pittodrie in midweek. We can only dream.
An Edouard panenka
Perhaps the greatest highlight of that wonderful April afternoon was Moussa Dembele’s panenka penalty past Wes Foderingham. The Frenchman sat the goalkeeper on his backside before delicately chipping the ball over him.
It was the perfect represenation of how far we were ahead of Rangers at that time, and it would be great to see a repeat on Sunday. But with Moussa no longer around, who could possibly take over as our penalty mischief maker.
The answer is pretty obvious – Odsonne Edouard. If fit, the forward will be on our penalty kicks. He also takes them for the French under-21s side and, funnily enough, he scored a panenka for them very recently.
He couldn’t could he?
Another Morelos howler
The Colombian forward may have scored a few goals in the Europa League this season, but he’s still to net in the biggest fixture of them all – and it would be great if his pain was prolonged beyond this weekend.
It’s not as if he hasn’t had chances either. He’s missed several clear opportunities against us proving that there is some sort of mental barrier there. His miss against us in the game last year was perhaps the worst of the lot and it would be great to see that repeated this time around.
If we’re two or three up, it would really add some icing to the cake if he was to fail miserably again.