The final trophy of the Scottish Football season is up for grabs as Motherwell and Celtic do battle at Hampden Park. Neil Lennon’s Celtic are looking to get over their SPL disappointment by securing the Cup for the first time since their 1-0 win over Dunfermline in 2007 and Motherwell are looking to secure the Cup for the first time since 1991 when the likes of Davie Cooper, Tom Boyd and Phil O’Donnell guided ‘Well to Scottish Cup glory against Dundee United. And a greater incentive is that if Motherwell lift Scotland’s premier cup trophy they will secure European qualification, however a Celtic win will see Dundee United and Hearts benefit.
Celtic will be going for their 35th Scottish Cup win today, while Motherwell are looking to win only their third.
The last time Celtic and Motherwell faced one another in the Scottish Cup Final was way back in Season 1950-51 in front of 131,943 fans who saw Celtic lift the trophy, since 1936–37, with John McPhail scoring the only goal of the game.
Head to Heads this season have seen Celtic run out winners three times out of four. With Celtic scoring six goals and Motherwell two. Despite the last game of the season between the two sides being dominated by Celtic in a 4-0 victory at Parkhead, however Stuart McCall rested many of his first team players to save them for the Final, and today’s match will be a more nervy and close affair.
Motherwell: W D L L D L
Celtic: D W L W W W
Stuart McCall has a full squad to choose from ahead of the Cup Final. Darren Randolph is set to return between the sticks after Hollis deputised in the final league game. Meanwhile Celtic will have to do without Shaun Maloney who is out with a calf injury, however Kris Commons returns from suspension and Anthony Stokes returns to be the fold after being dropped for the final league match of the season for disciplinary matters.
Motherwell: (from) Randolph, Saunders, Ross, Craigan, Hutchinson, Gunning, Hammell, Hateley, Jennings, Lasley, Forbes, Humphrey, Jones, Murphy, Sutton, Jeffers, McHugh, Casagolda, Page, Hollis.
Celtic: (from)Forster, Wilson, Loovens, Majstorovic, Izaguirre, Forrest, McCourt, Brown, Commons, Ki, Mulgrew, Hooper, Stokes, Samaras, Juarez, Zaluska, Cha, Rogne, Murphy, McGinn.
Given Celtic’s desire to end the season on a high for their manager Neil Lennon, I cannot see past a Celtic win. However Stuart McCall will have his Motherwell side fired up and the game will be a tight affair.
Celtic 2-1 Motherwell
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