‘Turn up and we’ll win,’ Liam Kelly’s League Cup Final Prediction

The Celtic Star writers have been giving their League Cup Final predictions over the past few days. First up was Conall McGinty who is super optimistic about the outcome of today’s match, you can read what he’s had to say about today’s Hampden showdown below.

READ THIS…The Celtic Star’s Cup Final Predictions – Conall McGinty

Then we had a wee rush of predictions coming in so we included the pre-match  Cup Final thoughts of David Potter,  Mike Maher, Eddie Murray,  Niall J and Paul Gillespie in the next article, again you can read that below…

READ THIS…League Cup Final – The Celtic Star’s Writers’ Predictions

Last but not least Liam Kelly concludes our predictions ahead of today’s game and here’s what he is thinking this morning…


I see Ange going with his tried and tested goalkeeper and back four – Hart, Johnston, CCV, Starfelt, Taylor. Two of the midfield three pick themselves, Hatate and McGregor, but the third player is where Ange will have a decision to make. Aaron Mooy has been in great form, while Matt O’Riley provides more energy.

 Reo Hatate of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Aberdeen FC at on February 18, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Last time against theRangers he went for the latter, which I feel was mistake, but I have a feeling he will do the same again. In terms of the front three, I’m almost certain that Maeda, Kyogo and Jota will be the trio selected, though I’d personally start Abada ahead of the Portuguese star, simply due to his goalscoring record in this fixture.

Liel Abada of Celtic scores his team’s fourth goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Aberdeen FC at on February 18, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic are the superior team/squad so I expect a win. My only concern is that we don’t always turn up in these Glasgow Derby games. When we do, we have won 3-0 and 4-0. Whereas other recent derbies have resulted in draws.

I predict Celtic will win this game 1-0, with CCV being named man of the match.

Liam Kelly

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who 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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