ALAN STUBBS has said that he believes Hibernian have the ability in their ranks to give Celtic a game and maybe even shock the holders in Saturday’s semi-final.
The former-Celtic defender was speaking at Hampden today at the BT Sport media day with the 46-year-old reckoning that the hoodoo that surrounded the 114-year wait for Hibs to win the Scottish Cup could be similar to Celtic’s run of 59 matches unbeaten domestically and come to an end.
Speaking on behalf of BT Sport, Alan Stubbs said “targets and stats are always there to be toppled. Sometimes you have got to be patient – 114 years was a long time but it was well worth the wait.
“Celtic’s run is the next one now in Scottish football that’s going to go. Whether it’s this weekend, only time will tell. But Hibs will have a good opportunity to be the ones that do it.”
Hibernian held Celtic to a 2-2 draw at Celtic Park last month in a match where Callum McGregor and John McGinn sparkled for both sides. Neil Lennon’s side were credited by Brendan Rodgers as being Celtic’s ‘toughest domestic test’.
Stubbs, who managed the Leith-side to the 2016 Scottish Cup, believes that Neil Lennon’s side have as much chance as anyone to break the streak on Saturday at Hampden where they will meet for the Betfred Cup semi-final.
“It’s going to be difficult but I do think they have got a good chance of doing it. Someone has got to stop the run sooner or later. It can’t carry on.”
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