|Scottish League Cup, semi-closing: Hibernian v Celtic|
|Venue: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Saturday, 2 November Kick-off: 17: 30 GMT|
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Twenty 9 consecutive victories. An mixture rating of 90-9. Celtic’s profitable coast in home knockout competitions is exceptional in British soccer.
The treble treble winners have been unbeatable in cup ties since a penalty shootout defeat by Rangers throughout the Scottish Cup semi-closing in 2016 that marked the head of Ronny Deila’s tenure.
As they convey to achieve a fourth consecutive League Cup closing with victory over Hibernian on Saturday, BBC Scotland examines their file coast.
- Celtic captain Brown a semi-closing doubt
- Hibs’ Heckingbottom appears to be like for cup impetus
Deadly at each ends & dwelling consolation
Effectivity at each ends of the pitch has been the bedrock of Celtic’s cup-winning lunge.
Their miserly defence has conceded applicable 9 targets in 29 cup ties, racking up 22 natty sheets and shedding greater than one diagram applicable twice.
Beneath Brendan Rodgers, they gained the League Cup in 2016 with out conceding a single diagram and their coast to closing season’s Scottish Cup closing moreover got here with out being breached.
That defensive solidity has been complemented by an avalanche of targets of their favour. Celtic are averaging greater than three per sport, with 90 scored precise via the 29 video games.
They’ve netted 5 instances extra on six occasions and 22 of their wins have attain by greater than a one-diagram margin.
Dwelling benefit has been a component too. Of their 17 ties performed in a non-neutral venue – i.e. ahead of the semi-closing stage – 12 have been at Celtic Park, the place they’ve now not misplaced a home cup tie since February 2014.
Who has coast them closest?
Celtic have easiest been taken earlier 90 minutes as soon as of their 29-game cup-winning lunge and it got here in direction of Championship membership Dunfermline Athletic this season.
Mute reeling from their Champions League exit by the arms of Cluj days ahead of, Neil Lennon’s aspect had been rescued by a James Forrest strike six minutes from the head of extra-time.
However another tie on a knife-edge was the League Cup semi-closing three years throughout the previous, after they could not get dangle of their dominance rely in direction of Rangers till Moussa Dembele’s flick snatched victory throughout the 87th minute.
And, throughout the closing match of that 2016-17 season, Celtic did not lose a home sport precise via league and cup. Tom Rogic struck in stoppage time to halt a 2-1 comeback beget halt in direction of Aberdeen throughout the Scottish Cup closing as Celtic executed the primary of their three trebles.
That was the truth is one among easiest three instances they’ve fallen on the serve of, most just lately hitting serve to beat Hearts in closing season’s treble-treble clinching success throughout the Scottish Cup showpiece.
Lennon League Cup jinx?
The League Cup is one thing of a bogey competitors for Neil Lennon – it stays the best trophy he has however to hold halt as Celtic supervisor.
In his earlier stint accountable, from 2010 to 2014, he suffered successive closing defeats by Rangers and Kilmarnock.
Worse was to achieve operate St Mirren, then throughout the Championship, shrinking Celtic throughout the closing 4 ahead of his closing season introduced another substantial upset, Greenock Morton profitable 1-Zero at Celtic Park throughout the closing 16.
Nonetheless, having returned to Celtic Park in February to vary Rodgers, Lennon efficiently instructed the Glasgow aspect to Scottish Cup success closing time size and is definite to land the elusive League Cup silverware.
Earlier to Saturday’s assembly with Hibs, Lennon acknowledged: “The gamers have had an unbelievable time throughout the cups over the closing three seasons and there would possibly perchance be actual satisfaction in them trying to defend their file.
“The gamers are extremely motivated to defend them and so they additionally’re in gigantic assemble.”