The Celtic players on the fringe of the starting 11 will get one more chance to stake a claim for a cup final starting place against Hamilton on Wednesday night at Celtic Park after a comprehensive 1-4 win on the road against Ross County today.
The quality in the Squad means that Neil Lennon has a nice headache ahead of next weeks final against our city rivals who will be chomping at the bit to win their first piece of major silverware, as will the referee.
Lenny will be quick to remind all the Celtic players that the game on Wednesday is as an important a game if not more important as the team strive for 91AR.
The main stay of the team starting 11 for the big games is nailed on but a player like the returning from injury Mikey Johnstone must be in the managers thoughts ahead of the cup final.
Mikey scored immediately after coming off the bench in the second half to wrap up the victory against Ross County to cap off a great week for him and the team after he did the same on Thursday night against Rennes. If he doesn’t start what an exciting talent Celtic will have to come off the bench at Hampden. He is looking so sharp.
The Celtic bench will be a strong one at the national stadium no matter who is on it.
One player who is guaranteed a starting place is the inform and potential Scottish player of the year Ryan Christie who opened the score in the highlands after having his spot kick saved, he didn’t miss with the rebound before adding a second after Ross County equalised in front of the Celtic support but it was clear to see to everyone watching except the match officials that the goal scorer had pushed Tom Rogic to the ground before flicking the header in behind Frazer Forster.
Tom Rogic also got on the scoresheet and is another player who could be pushing for a start in the cup final or will he make a vital contribution from the bench at some stage? These are exciting times to be a Celtic fan. Roll on Wednesday bring on the Accies and then we can look forward to another Cup Final at Hampden.
Andrew started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. One of his essays featured in Celtic Minded 2 and he is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association