Hibs v Celtic Scottish FA Cup 2013
After winning the Scottish Premier League title, Glasgow Celtic will be looking to complete the domestic double as they take on Hibernian in the final of the 2013 Scottish FA Cup. The big match kicks off on May 26th 2013 at Hampden Park and it will be the Bhoys who will be going as firm favourites. They have won the Scottish Cup 35 times before in their illustrious history, the most by any Scottish club. The last time they got their hands on the Scottish FA Cup was back in 2011 as Hearts went all the way in the tournament last season. In a repeat of last season’s final, the defending champions went up against their Edinburgh rivals Hibernian in the fourth round, and it was Hibs who gained some revenge, the win helping to propel them along their way to the final.
The semi finals were dramatic affairs for both Celtic and Hibernian as both needed extra time to make it through to the final. Hibernian were up first against Falkirk and it was a late winner in the 115th minute, deep into extra time, scored by Leigh Griffiths (his second of the game) that was the crucial goal for Hibs. It was a pretty remarkable comeback as well for Hibs, who were three nil down in the match after just thirty minutes, and it wasn’t until seven minutes from the end of regulation time that they eventually got their equaliser. It was by the same scoreline, 4-3 after extra time, that took Celtic past the challenge of Dundee United. Celtic had traded blows with Dundee United through the match, unable to pull away and the game was eventually settled in the 103rd minute by Anthony Stokes for the Bhoys.
For Hibs, they are on the hunt for their first Scottish Cup title since 1902, so it has been a long wait for them to add to their tally of two. The Easter Road outfit may be able to take some confidence from the fact that they didn’t let Celtic get the better of them in their two Scottish Premier League meetings during the 2012/13 season. Hibs took a 2-2 draw at Celtic Park back at the start of September 2012, and in the reverse fixture, took a 1-0 win over the Champions elect. So Hibernian will be able to carry some confidence through with them, especially as Celtic have struggled somewhat through this season’s Scottish FA Cup.
Neil Lennon’s men needed a replay to get themselves past Arbroath in the Fourth Round of the competition, and were pushed hard by St Mirren in the quarter finals, and then by Dundee United in the semi’s as mentioned above. Still, at the end of the day it is hard to ignore the difference in standings between the two clubs in the Scottish Premier League season, with Celtic taking the title easily and Hibs struggling in the bottom half of the table. But will the underdogs be able to grab their chance in the spotlight on May 26th 2013?