Why the Scottish Cup has just become so much more important to Celtic

By David Walton

March 25, 2021

As the Scottish Cup has just been given new meaning, it comes towards the end of a whirlwind day for the Celtic support.

The first half of it was dominated by chat about Celtic reportedly opening talks with Roy Keane [Football Insider]. However, more importantly, the second is being bossed by news of Scott Brown’s official departure.

Indeed, the Celtic icon will call time on a stupendously successful 14-year playing career at Parkhead this summer. Instead, he’ll join Aberdeen and be assistant manager to Stephen Glass in a player/coach capacity.

However, just because Brown has announced his exit, it doesn’t mean his time at Celtic is over yet. The season may have felt as though it had been trickling away in recent weeks, but things have changed massively.

All of a sudden, the Scottish Cup represents such an emotional pull for Celtic. Not just because we could win it for fifth consecutive occasion, but what it now represents for Brown.

Scottish Cup now represents the last chance for Celtic to give Brown the send-off he deserves

We all wished that the 10 was secured this season for a multitude of reasons. One of them being so Brown was able to ride off into the sunset having achieved the unthinkable. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

But what is still possible is one final trophy win. How fitting would it be for Brown that on his final Celtic appearance he was stepping up to lift the trophy he’s been attached to for the last four years?

It’s the least he deserves. If we manage that, 10IAR will hardly be forgotten. But it will be pushed into the background. Winning the Scottish Cup final and sending Brown off with Scotland’s oldest cup competition secured would be an alternative dream end for the Celtic support and the player himself.

The Scottish Cup trophy, with the customary green ribbons / (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Ironically, this is a competition Celtic fans couldn’t have cared less about a month or so ago. With the title fading away rapidly, the cup was the last thing on our minds. Even if it was cancelled for the season, not many would’ve cared at the start of 2021.

But things have changed and Brown deserves a trophy-winning ending to his Celtic career. Now, we’re extremely thankful that the tournament is going ahead.

Now, it’s time for Celtic to show its increased emotional importance to us on the pitch. Doing it for Brown should be all the motivation they need to ensure this isn’t a trophyless 2020/2021 campaign.

In other news, Celtic have one major appointment to make if McGregor becomes captain.