Even with eight changes, we were far, far, far too strong.
This is Celtic now.
A team which has winning in its blood, coursing through every player like a performance enhancing drug.
Our cup record must be one of the best in football.
How long since we lost a cup tie?
Let’s go with a different question; how long since we failed to make Hampden?
On the evidence of this it could be years – years beyond counting – before we fail again.
This team is not just rolling right now; it is burning the opposition down as it encounters it.
We were rampant tonight. Rampant. This is a team that fears no-one, fears nothing, believes it can win every match and outscore every opponent. There is a special magnificence about our displays right now. Every player is turning it on.
How fitting some of these goals tonight. Bayo, showing again that he has something to offer, and crushing the critics in the media, few of whom had ever watched him play a minute of football. How good will this boy be when he’s fully fit? Very good perhaps, good enough maybe that some of the rot being talked about Morelos and Defoe being better than Edouard will have to be further junked with this boy overtaking the pair of them in proven quality.
The performances were brilliant tonight. Midfield going forward this is the most potent Celtic side in eons.
As well as watching us, I kept a close eye on the Livingston game … and believe me that we have nothing to fear from the long ball merchants at Ibrox. Their chance, as far as this competition goes, was to draw us at home in this round, and stick eleven men behind the ball and turn it into a grind. We’d still have beaten them, of course.
On the open spaces of Hampden or Celtic Park, forget it.
We’ll dismantle them with all their pretensions and all of their delusions of grandeur.
We just have too much raw power in this team.
Rogic and Ntcham came in tonight and they were superb. Both scored. Scott Sinclair proved what this site has written so many times; even if he’s not playing well (and he played well tonight) he will score goals and make goals and prove that he’s worth a place in the team. Ntcham … unplayable.
I am writing this before the draw, and I couldn’t care who we get. I suspect the heated balls will keep the Ibrox club from the serious peril inherent in going up against us on our sort of form; it won’t matter anyway. As long as we stand in their way they might as well not bother showing up. That’s how well we’re playing at the moment.
Hampden again, then, friends. Hampden. Our second home. We’ve played there over the last few years more than at any other ground except Celtic Park.
Frankly, I can’t see who’s going to stop us.
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