By News Team
18th December 2020
Celtic have broken record after record in recent times, and while the Hoops have been well off the pace this season, they have the chance to write history by winning an unprecedented quadruple treble against Hearts in this Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup final.
We take a look ahead at the match and assess the latest odds for the Hampden Park showdown.
Shaky Celtic know what’s at stake
In arguably the most important season of the club’s history, Celtic have had setback after setback since their campaign got underway, with Neil Lennon clinging onto his job after a run of poor results domestically and in Europe.
Despite this, the Glasgow giants have the chance to make it four Scottish Cup wins in a row this Sunday against Championship side Hearts at Hampden Park.
While the Hoops have picked up form in their last two games with wins against Lille in the Europa League dead rubber last Thursday and a win against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership, the fans will be aware that they could be in for a close game against Hearts.
A change of personnel has been key to Celtic’s brief revival in the last two outings, with summer signing David Turnbull and near forgotten Ismaila Soro helping to lighten the load in midfield in recent matches. Their form has added a much-needed spark to the team, and they’ll be hoping to start in the engine room on Sunday.
Celtic’s form hasn’t dented their odds, and they are still heavy favourites to win another Scottish Cup final at 2/7 in normal time. Odsonne Edouard was the man to lead Celtic to their last Scottish Cup final victory over Hearts in 2019 with a late double, and he’s 14/5 to score the first goal here and the same price to score the last. Can he be the Hoops hero once again?
Jambos can spoil the celebrations
There’s no love lost between these two sides, and Hearts will be absolutely desperate to halt Celtic’s historic run on Sunday at Hampden. After all, they were the side to end the Bhoys’ 69-game unbeaten Scottish Premiership run back in December 2017, and they’ll be hoping history repeats itself this weekend.
Despite being relegated to the Scottish Championship, Robbie Neilson’s side have started the season well and come into this one with their tails up due to Celtic’s poor results over the last few months. Though with just six matches under their belts so far this season, they face a tall task to topple the champions.
But the Edinburgh outfit have experience all over the park, with former Celt Craig Gordon in goal, Christophe Berra and John Souttar in the heart of defence, while ex-Rangers players Steven Naismith and Andy Halliday will be desperate to stop the Celtic trophy-winning juggernaut.
Outside of Celtic and Rangers, no club has won more Scottish Cups than Hearts, and they can make it number nine on Sunday. They are also coincidentally 9/1 to win on Sunday in normal time, while the draw is 9/2.
If there’s anyone who can find the back of the net against Celtic, it’s Heart hitman Liam Boyce, who scored the goal to book their place in the final against city rivals Hibs in the semi-finals in October. Boyce is 13/5 to score anytime on Sunday.