Celtic be warned! Cup ties against Morton include the occasion banana skin

CELTIC face Jim Duffy’s Morton on Saturday in the William Hill Scottish Cup Quarter Finals on Saturday, should weather permit. Although, looking to the past meetings with Morton suggest that they aren’t to be taken lightly if the holders are going to progress to the next round.

Morton last visited Celtic Park at the same stage of the competition two years ago. An underwhelming season from Ronny Deila’s side stood between the Greenock side and a place in the semi-finals.

Three first half goals from Griffiths, Mackay-Steven and McGregor were enough to see a professional Celtic progress to the semi-finals and leave the ‘Ton disappointed.

However, the Greenock side have enjoyed recent success at Celtic Park when they pulled off a famous victory in September 2013 in the League Cup. Neil Lennon’s side were beaten in extra time by the Ton after Dougie Imrie converted a penalty, in what was a major coupon buster of a result.

Allan Moore, the then Morton manager, masterminded the great victory for the Cappielow side over the Premiership champions. Their first since 1971 at Celtic Park and first over the Hoops since 1985.

The 2010 Scottish Cup saw Celtic visit Cappielow to compete in the Fourth Round.

A single goal from Niall McGinn was enough for Tony Mowbray’s team to secure the victory, despite pressure from the home side.

The Championship side has always given a good account of themselves versus Celtic and manager Jim Duffy will be hoping to use the 2013 victory as their blueprint to pull off a famous victory.

However, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to make light work of the Championship team in the hope that the tie is settled early doors with a view to a trip to Ibrox the following weekend.

There is a chance that the postponed league match with Dundee at Celtic Park, called off yesterday due to the snow, could take place next Wednesday night.

However Saturday’s game is also under threat from the bad weather and if it does get called off the Greenock side would visit Celtic next Wednesday.


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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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