Celtic Team for Hampden – Scotty Sinclair, Celtic’s medal hunter

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SCOTTY SINCLAIR, like Brendan Rodgers has only ever known success at Hampden and the Englishman is fully focused on maintaining that 100% win record at the national stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The winger got the all important goal on Thursday night against Rosenborg and will be looking to add to his tally for the season against Aberdeen. A few weeks ago he was a regular on the substitutes bench but he’s now firmly re-established himself in the side and even with other players returning from injury – captain Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham are both available for selection – it is most unlikely that Sinclair will drop out of the starting eleven.

Indeed other than the pre-announced change in the goalkeepers so we know that Scott Bain starts and Craig Gordon will be on the bench – it’s more than likely that the ten outfield players who have rested up after beating Rosenborg will start against Aberdeen.

That would make the Celtic team for the Betfred Cup Final as follows:

Scott Bain

Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata, Filip Benkovic, Kieran Tierney

Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie

James Forrest, Tom Rogic, Scotty Sinclair

Odsonne Edouard.

James Forrest and Mikael Lustig both picked up knocks in Trondheim but are fine to play.

We know that Craig Gordon will be on the bench and he is likely to be joined by Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, Leigh Griffiths, Jack Hendry, Jonny Hayes and either Cristian Gamboa or Emilio Izaguirre.

Scotty Sinclair though isn’t taking it for granted that he will be selected to start – even after scoring the winner on Thursday night.

“We have the players in the squad which allow the manager to make the changes he wants to and everyone who steps in is good enough to play in that position,” he said.

“Being back in the team, and the way the formation has gone back to the way it used to be, it has been perfect for myself,” said to the media.

“It has been great to get a couple of goals, and get back into form.

“I don’t think it was much of a deal. But because I wasn’t playing as much as I had been, people could say that my form had dipped. But you can’t have form if you are not playing. Once I was back playing, I was back doing as well as I can, and I was back in the team.

“Because my standards were set so high when I first came I can tell now that everybody had expectations of me that were so high. As long as I just keep getting up there and creating.”

A win tomorrow would give Sinclair and his manger their seventh straight honour in Scottish football and that certainly is a motivation for the former Aston Villa man.

“It would make sure we get another medal under our belts and keep moving forward from there. It is definitely important. It sets up your season.

“It is basically the start of the season so once you get that first trophy under your belt it always sets you up for the next ones.

“Of course you can’t win a treble without one. But I don’t think we are looking that far ahead. We are only looking one trophy at a time and take it from there.

“Every final you reach is a special moment but you need to make it more special by winning it.

“I don’t normally get nervous beforehand. Some players are different but I just go out there and try to do what I would normally do in a league game or any match.”

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Also on The Celtic Star this morning…

Sleepy Bhoys! A well deserved long lie in Trondheim for Celtic stars…See HERE.

Celtic’s League Cup Wins, No.16: The first of many for Brendan…See HERE.

Jim Craig – Tommy Coyne got two and Charlie Nicholas one…See HERE.

Why not try David Potter’s League Cup Quiz and test yourself with these 17 multiple choice questions about Celtic’s 17 victories in this cup competition…go on, have a go!

Welcome to your League Cup Quiz

1.

Celtic won the League Cup for the first time in 1956. Who did they beat in the in the Final Replay?

2.

Celtic retained the trophy in 1957, beating Rangers 7-1 in the Final. What was the score at half-time?

3.

Which Celtic player scored two penalties to give Celtic a 2-1 win over Rangers in the 1965 League Cup Final?

4.

Celtic won the League Cup in October 1966, beating Rangers by 1-0 in the Final.  Which Celtic defender was the hero that day for pulling off a remarkable goal-line clearance to ensure the Cup was won?

5.

Celtic played Dundee in the League Cup Final in October 1967, before boarding a plane to fly to Argentina. The Final had 8 goals and was regarded as one of the best ever Finals. What was the final score?

6.

Which of these goalscorers became only the second player to score a hat-trick in a League Cup Final for Celtic (the first was Billy McPhail in 1957 in the 7-1 game), when Celtic defeated Hibs by 6-2 in the delayed final played in April 1969? (There had been a fire at Hampden, thus the delay).

7.

Which Celtic player scored a diving header to beat Rangers in an earlier round then was sensationally dropped by Jock Stein for the Final against St Johnstone in 1969?

8.

Celtic's 8th League Cup Final win came in October 1974 with a 6-3 win over Hibs. Dixie Deans became the third Celtic player to score a hat-trick in the Final,  and Jimmy Johnstone and Paul Wilson both scored. Which Celtic player scored the other goal in this final?

9.

Celtic's next victory in the League Cup came in 1982 when goals from Nicholas and MacLeod gave Celtic a 2-1 over Rangers. In which month was the Final played?

10.

Which Celtic player did NOT score in the 3-0 League Cup Final win at Ibrox over Dundee United on St Andrews Day in 1997?

11.

Name the Celtic manager for the the Scottish League Cup win of March 2000 over Aberdeen?

12.

Henrik Larsson scored a hat-trick for ten man Celtic in the Final against Kilmarnock in March 2002. Which Celtic player was sent off by Hugh Dallas in this final?

13.

The 2006 League Cup Final win over Dunfermline was the first trophy win for Gordon Strachan as Celtic manager and also gave Dion Dublin the only medal of his career. Which Celtic legend was honoured at this game?

14.

The League Cup Final against Rangers in March 2009 finished goalless after 90 minutes before Darren O'Dea gave Celtic the lead. Who scored a penalty with the last kick of the ball to make the final score Celtic 2 Rangers 0?

15.

Which Celtic player missed a penalty in the League Cup Final win over Dundee in March 2015?

16.

In the Invincible season, which Celtic star did not score in the 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the League Cup Final?

17.

Celtic defeated Motherwell by 2-0 in last season's League Cup Final. Who was the referee that day?


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