Speaking to The Daily Record, former Celtic star Joe Miller reckons that the fact Celtic haven’t beaten Rangers in a Scottish Cup semi-final since 1925 won’t be playing on the mind of Brendan Rodgers and his squad.
Celtic have played Rangers six times at Hampden in Scottish Cup semi-finals since their last victory in the ’20s, losing every single tie.
However, one of the players who was defeated there by the Gers in the 1992 semi-final doesn’t believe it’s a factor in the upcoming match-up at the end of April.
Joe Miller also knows a thing or two about winning the Scottish Cup, part of the famous 1988 centenary double season under the management of the legendary Billy McNeill.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Miller said:
Things like that won’t play on the players’ minds. I look at last season when Celtic failed to turn up at Hampden for the Scottish Cup semi-final but Rangers still only beat them on penalty kicks. Come the day itself talk of hoodoos and jinxes won’t even come into the equation. Celtic just have to make sure they go out and be totally professional and get the job done.
While likely not part of the squad’s thinking on the day, in the eyes of the support, does this Celtic team have something to prove at Hampden?
For Celtic fans everywhere, last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to their arch rivals was an absolute gut-wrencher. Despite being in a higher division, they were turned over in a big shock that ultimately led to the end of Ronny Deila’s relationship with the club.
So while the 90-plus year record won’t play on the minds of this squad, last year’s occasion probably will given that the majority of that team are still at the club and in Brendan Rodgers’ team.
After the draw at Celtic Park too, supporters are hoping the Hoops can go out at Hampden and deliver a big victory on their way to a domestic treble of trophies.
There’s definitely an extra edge to the match in April and with glory and honour on the line, fans are looking for Brendan Rodgers’ side to prove they are a team of born winners, whether it be on penalties or in a 5-1 drubbing, ending a dismal record against the Gers at this stage of the competition.