Celtic’s Road to Hampden for the League Cup Final

Celtic’s official media team have posted our run all the way to the Viaplay League Cup Final against theRangers tomorrow at Hampden Park. The Hoops have overcome Ross County, Motherwell, and Kilmarnock to book their place in this year’s finale at the national stadium and are looking in good form ahead of a potentially dramatic duel with Mick Beale’s side.

James Forrest celebrates scoring during the League Cup second round match at the Global Energy Stadium, Dingwall. Wednesday August 31, 2022. Photo Trevor Martin (IMAGO).

Our run to this year’s League Cup Final, we have managed to batter Ross County 4-1 up at Dingwall, in what should have been a difficult tie on paper at least, but instead we blew the Staggies away to reach the Quarter-final stage against Motherwell in another tricky fixture away from home yet again.

Motherwell v Celtic – League Cup – Quarter Final – Fir Park – Reo Hatate scores during the Premier Sports Cup quarter final at Fir Park, Motherwell. Wednesday October 19, 2022. Photo Jane Barlow

We made even lighter work of the Steelmen as we hit another four goal into the opposition net without a reply. A particular highlight of that game was Reo Hatate’s wonderful agility and footwork to roll the ball from one foot to the other; leaving the Well defence in disbelief as he stroked the ball past the goalkeeper. It was a moment of sheer class from the Japanese star and his teammate Jota should have scored a goal of the season contender – only for VAR officials to rule he was offside despite not looking more thoroughly at the demarcation lines.

Some things never change…

That convincing victory saw us earn a place at Hampden once more and it was off go Mount Florida we travelled on 14 January to face Derek McInnes and his Kilmarnock side. The return to the side of known bigot, Kyle Lafferty was lauded by McInnes and the whole of the Scottish football establishment and it will be yet another black stain on the game in this country that whole affair.

Nevertheless, we did our business on the pitch that evening, despite the awful condition of the surface that suited the opposition quite clearly as they tried to turn the match into a bitty slugfest. Alas, their efforts were in vain and we managed to progress to another League Cup Final this year. We now await the outcome of that one with baited breath as the time is almost upon us.

Relive each round below as we countdown to kick-off…

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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