Celtic’s Scottish Cup exit last weekend confirmed that the club will endure a trophyless season for the first time since the 2009/10 season. The Hoops now have pride to play for and the only consolation available is the possibility of preventing their city rivals from completing an unbeaten league campaign, with victory next weekend.
Interestingly, Celtic faced a similar situation back in early May 2010, when they hosted Rangers and Neil Lennon’s men earned a 2-1 victory. The result likely secured Lennon the job on a permanent basis and gave Celtic the impetus to bounce back the following season. They did just that by winning the Scottish Cup, although Celtic lost against Rangers during in the League Cup final, which went to extra time, and threw the league away at the end of the campaign, losing out on the title by a single point.
However, the rebuild and manner that Celtic bounced back in was dramatic. It took them from a trophyless and dreadful season to being unlucky not to secure a treble. Thereafter, the nine in a row period of titles took place, along with a quadruple treble and some memorable European campaigns.
Celtic will be looking to get a similar result in their Glasgow Derby fixture next week, ahead of another rebuild and chance to bounce back next year.