Celtic’s Scottish Cup date Buckie Thistle is one to savour

Scottish Cup tie against Buckie Thistle is a game that the Celtic support will relish…

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic, looks on prior to the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 03, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Scottish Cup draw Fourth round draw last night paired us with Highland league side Buckie Thistle. The Moray club who also play in green and white will travel to Celtic Park on the weekend of 20-21 January 2024 in what will be a dream moment for everyone connected to the wee Highland Hoops.

Not just financially, but a great experience for everyone involved no more so than the Buckie players who will get to sample playing at the highest level. You all seen the clip of them celebrating the draw, it certainly means a lot to them.

It’s a terrific example of the magic of cup football, and the Celtic supporters will turn up in big numbers and back the Bhoys while helping out the Highland side financially. Celtic Home Cup Ticket Scheme (HCTS) will mean that there will be a large crowd at the game regardless, as Celtic supporters have one eye on tickets for the semi-final and final should Celtic progress as we usually do.

Celtic of course suffered a cup defeat in the League Cup to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in Brendan Rodgers’ first cup game in charge in his second spell at the club and he will want to win the Scottish Cup this season to add a Scottish Premiership title that he’s already promised the Celtic support that he’ll win.

Drawing Buckie Thistle in the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup might not be as glamorous a tie as many supporters would have wished for from yesterday’s draw but a home tie is exactly what the manager would have been hoping for, and as this is the first game after the winter break there will be a real excitement about getting back to Celtic Park again after no football for three long dark and cold January weeks.

Celtic v Motherwell – Celtic Park Green Brigade protesters ahead of the cinch Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park, Saturday November 25, 2023. Photo Andrew Milligan

So it may not seem to be a high profile game for Celtic, but it will be good to see a team outwith the SPFL structure play at Celtic Park and I’m sure it’s a game that will gain a lot of attention and interest, and one I’m certainly looking forward to.

Buckie Thistle will probably put up more of a show than some of the so-called professional sides in the Scottish Premiership. They will have a go, they have nothing to lose and it has the makings of an exciting game. And aside from the eventual outcome to the game, financially this Scottish Cup tie is a dream come true for the highland League minnows.

The magic of the Scottish Cup is that it can throw up these situations and like Spin Casino, offer a wide array of online pokies – who for instance can forget the Scottish Cup tie played at Old Shielfield Park – technically in England – on Saturday 28 January 1967 when Berwick Rangers in front of 13,365 spectators, shocked Rangers with a 1-0 win to achieve the greatest Scottish Cup upset of all time – In England!

Their manager Graeme Stewart spoke to the Press and Journal about what drawing Celtic means to the Highland League side, shortly after the draw was made on Sunday evening live on BBC Sportscene.

“For the club this is unbelievable, financially this will make such a difference,” Stewart said.

“For the guys who keep the club running this is the draw they’ve been waiting for. For the players it’s unbelievable because they get to play against top players, the best players in Scotland. It’s a great day out for us and when it comes around we’ll do our best and look to compete as best we can.

Buckie boss Graeme Stewart

“We’ve got the draw we’ve wanted and for the club it’s going to be amazing.

“We deserved it against Broxburn, we were the better team and had a man sent off after 20 minutes, who should never have been sent off. We played the better football and made the better chances, the attitude was unbelievable.

“I’ve given the players Monday off from training for the first time in all my time as manager because of how well they did. They deserved to go through and they deserve the reward of that draw so let’s see what happens at Celtic,” the Buckie Thistle boss added.

“We’ve got two or three guys in our squad that are Celtic diehards so they’ll be delighted with the draw. It’s a great draw for the club, the players and the fans and everyone’s over the moon with it.”

Here’s how Buckie Thistle reached the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup with their penalty shoot-out win over Broxburn Athletic on Saturday…

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