Celtic v Motherwell: Jim Craig’s Scottish Cup Final Preview

Being too optimistic can sometimes lead to a downfall but it would be hard to make a case for anything other than a Celtic victory at Hampden today.

Just look at the stats for the two sides. In the league this season, Celtic ran away with the title, Motherwell finished 7th. In meetings between the teams, Celtic had one win and there were two draws; while in the League Cup final, Celtic won 2-0; and if we go to a bigger picture, since Motherwell last won the Scottish Cup in 1991, Celtic have had 9 successes.

However, as I have said before, the most important aspect of a team’s attitude in a major final like this is that all the players rise to the occasion. If all the Celtic stars do that, then the outcome will be as expected. If, though, a few are out of form or, heaven forbid, go missing, then the result might be something of a surprise.

Jim Craig

The latest podcast is out today- it’s part 2 of the brilliant interview with Celtic’s SLO John Paul Taylor where he selects the games and the soundtracks of his own personal Celtic journey. Loved his memories of the 4-2 game in the first part of his interview. Here’s the latest instalment from the UK’s Football podcast of the year…

Listen to “John Paul Taylor with A Celtic State of Mind (Part 2/3)” on Spreaker.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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