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Celtic have the chance here to deliver an unprecedented quadruple treble in this long-delayed cup final, which could potentially be their last trophy in a little while.
Their dominance over domestic matters is guaranteed to draw to a close this season as they’re already out of the League Cup, while an increasing gap at the top of the league standings now stretches to 13 points.
The Hoops might have two games in hand, but Rangers don’t look like slipping, and win here in this final could provide a real morale boost in the camp.
Celtic have a long way to go in order to repair the damage inflicted by this campaign so far, but there are at least signs of recovery as they’ve strung back-to-back victories together in all competitions for the first time since early October, taking down Lille and Kilmarnock.
Neil Lennon’s side have produced a desperately poor W4-D4-L6 record over this period, and even if four of those defeats came in the Europa League, each loss came by a minimum two-goal margin.
They’ve been utterly humiliated on occasion, most notably in Europe as they lost 4-1 in both encounters with Slavia Prague.
In fact, so bad has the defence been, that a clean sheet hosting Kilmarnock at the weekend was just their second across this 14-game spell, and a first in nine. Celtic shipped two goals or more in 10 of the 14 matches in total, so we wouldn’t want to bank on another shutout here.
Hearts have responded to relegation with six wins from seven matches in the Championship this season, and they’ve hardly been goal-shy either.
A 6-1 dismantling of Queen of the South this weekend leaves them with an average of having scored three times per game this season, though of course, finding the net in Scotland’s second-tier is a lot easier than achieving a breakthrough when facing the Hoops.
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The head to heads certainly suggest there’s no going against Celtic here. They’ve won each of the past eight head to heads dating back to October 2018, with over half of these coming by a minimum two-goal margin – including all three meetings last term.
However, only one of the six clashes since 2019 have seen Celtic win by more than two clear goals, while the Hoops have only triumphed by a three-goal margin in on of 16 appearances in all competitions since the start of October.
Celtic will almost certainly take the silverware here, but Hearts can at least make them work for it. Of the past six Scottish Cup finals, three have finished 2-1, two have ended 2-0 and the other was 3-2, as these occasions rarely result in total dominance despite Celtic’s success in recent times.
That includes a 2-1 defeat of Hearts themselves in the most recent edition, and a repeat outcome would hardly be a surprise.