You can’t beat the feeling of victory in a Scottish Cup nail-biter

Comfortable wins are good for the ticker, but you can’t beat the feeling of prevailing in a nail-biter like that classic Scottish cup encounter at Hampden on Saturday afternoon.

It may have been done and dusted for well over 24 hours now, but my heart is still recovering after the dramatic win over Aberdeen at Hampden that set up a Glasgow Derby showdown in the Scottish Cup final next month.

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One of the most enthralling and nerve wracking games

It was one of the most enthralling and nerve wracking games I’ve ever sat through, and I expect it was the same for everyone else who was present, and the many hundreds of thousands of Celtic supporters watching around the world.

Even if such wins are not good for the nails or the old ticker, the feeling of euphoria at the end can’t be matched. It’s one of the best feelings in the world, anyone with a passion of the beautiful game will tell you the same thing. And while the feelings of defeat will be gut-wrenching for the Aberdeen fans at least they will have re-discovered their pride in their team after a bitterly disappointing season.

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Aberdeen showed that they are superior to Hearts 

Aberdeen showed at Hampden that they are by far a superior team to Hearts and that they should be the third force in the Scottish game. Their new manager will doubtless be thinking the same thing and their support can look forward to better things to come after that performance at Hampden against Celtic.

Winning games a canter such as 3 or 4 nil are always good, but whether it’s winning in such a manner as Saturday, or snatching an injury time victory, or holding on for a backs to the wall victory, these are the games that you always remember, the ones that give you a huge sigh of relief as well as that brilliant feeling of euphoria.

Winning easy is always good and recommend, but a seeing out a win on the edge of your seat can be just as, or if not more enjoyable.

 Matt O’Riley celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with teammates during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 20, 2024. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The difference between playing Inverness and theRangers in the Final 

And thinking about the Scottish Cup Final, last year Celtic played Inverness Caley Thistle. Yes we celebrated the Celtic goals and the win but it was a game we were never going to lose. This time around it’s against theRangers and it will be a 50/50 split in tickets and chances of lifting the trophy.

Tense, electric, dramatic, controversial and elation and despair to be distributed in equal measure to the green and the blue sides of Hampden Park, who gets what will be determined at around 5pm or maybe slightly later. I can’t wait!

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

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