This weekend sees a return of competitive football for Celtic as we look to defend the Scottish Cup for a 5th season in a row.
The last couple of months of another wise abysmal season could show signs of recovery as we look to regain the title from those across the city and start our Champion’s League qualification journey in July. Retaining the cup would go a small way to getting fans back on side.
However, if a new management set up was to be in place for much of a cup run, it would give them a chance to look over the players that are likely to remain next year in some competitive action rather than the glorified friendlies we have to play in the league.
Rumours have intensified since yesterday that Eddie Howe is the new man, he has been my first choice all along, so I certainly would be happy with that. Whether Howe comes as well as a Director of Football remains to be seen. If they put Howe in charge now rather than end of the season then a cup win would be a great start to his management career in Glasgow.
This year’s cup run kicks off against League One leaders Falkirk, who are four point ahead of Cove and look set for a quick return to the Championship under the co-management team of David McCracken and Lee Miller. They have recently returned to action after all football under the Championship level was postponed, since returning they beat Forfar 2-0 and recorded a 1-1 draw with Dumbarton. They are sitting top of League One with a record of W8, D4, L2 and have 28 points.
Hopefully with moves behind the scenes likely to happen that the players put a bit more effort in than we have seen this season and we should see a comfortable victory.
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.
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