Before Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final, there seemed to be a bizarre suggestion being thrown around in the media that the game meant more to Rangers than Celtic, or that the Ibrox side needed the win more.
This was an idea that was developed by Stephen Pressley, Ally McCoist and Chris Sutton, for example. However, the reaction of the Celtic players following the 1-0 win showed how much it meant to the Hoops.
The video Celtic released on the club’s official YouTube channel of the unique angle of the on-pitch celebrations and the dressing room celebrations showed how much it meant to the players.
Players celebrated wildly
As did the reactions of the players at the final whistle, Fraser Forster doesn’t usually sprint out of his goals and slide along the pitch at the final whistle of a match.
Another telling aspect of how much the game meant to the Celtic players was Neil Lennon’s revelation that some Hoops players were crying in the dressing room after the game, so important was the win to them.
That says it all, about how much the game meant to the Celtic players and the club overall. The players were desperate to keep their run of domestic success going, and they have now won 10 domestic trophies in a row.
Players were desperate to win the game
The notion that the game would mean more to Rangers than Celtic was never really a credible one. Celtic would have wanted to win this game for a number of reasons. To keeping the winning run going. For players to win their first winners medal. So Neil Lennon could win the domestic treble as both player and manager with the club.
Those are just a few reasons why winning the cup meant a lot to Celtic, just as much as it did to their Glasgow rivals.
Now the Hoops will be looking to defeat Rangers at the end of the month in the league. Winning that game will no doubt mean plenty to Celtic. Hopefully they will once again show that on the pitch.