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In Spite Of All The Stress Of The Week, We’re One Step Closer To Hampden. Again.

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Partick then. A home game in the real Glasgow derby, and the road to Hampden is once again laid out in front of us. Yesterday, in spite of having to go to extra time, we set a new domestic cup unbeaten record.

If we extend that against the Jags then the National Stadium shall host its annual get-together of our supporters.

Brian Clough used to say that his teams were at Wembley so often the coach could have driven there by itself.

Let’s face it, that applies to in spades right now. Although we play each team in the top six four times a season, we have visited Hampden more often than any other stadium in the past half a dozen years; it is our home away from Celtic Park.

The team might not have played well these last few games, but the players are more than capable of getting over the line against Thistle; at that point the question becomes about who can stop us? Are the media – and the club at Ibrox – really so sure they want a showdown at a ground where we might as well be the residents?

Their confidence is good only as long as we’re not on our game.

Who knows where things might stand before then?

There’s two weeks of the window left for starters; our board owes big and it is hard to believe that there will not be signings before then, although how good they’ll be is what we’ll all be carefully for. Project players aren’t going to cut it.

You would expect that we’ll roll into Hampden in better shape than we are now … so should we get there we’ll still be the side nobody wants, but the side that everyone has to beat.

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