William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Final
Celtic v Aberdeen
Sunday, 1 November 2020, kick-off 2.30pm
Live on Premier Sports
Celtic and Aberdeen will do battle on Sunday at Hampden Park in a familiar Scottish Cup match-up which is hotly anticipated.
The two sides faced each other last year as well as the Scottish Cup Final in 2017 with Celtic coming out on top on both occasions.
Aberdeen will go into the encounter full of confidence though having fought out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Celtic at the weekend.
The match is of huge importance to both sides as Celtic aim for an unprecedented quadruple treble and Aberdeen go searching for their first Scottish Cup trophy lift since 1990.
How they got here
Celtic overcame Partick Thistle, Clyde and St Johnstone to earn their place in the semi-final.
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Aberdeen defeated Dumbarton and St Mirren as well as navigating themselves through a tricky tie against Kilmarnock which was forced into extra-time in the replay.
A late Andrew Considine header took the match to extra-time at 1-1 before a goal rush which saw Aberdeen running out eventual 4-3 winners.
Celtic are currently 34 matches unbeaten in domestic cup matches and it is a record midfielder Callum McGregor is keen to add to. He said: ”We have a philosophy in place that, whatever the competition is, we want to win.
“Over time you’ve seen that and to go 34 games unbeaten tells you how relentless the mindset of the players is.
“You could win two or three trophies and then take your foot off the gas but with the mentality this group of players have, they’re so hungry for success and that’s shown in how good a run we’ve been on. The longer that goes on, the more proud of it you are and the more you want to protect it.
“The psychological effect of these games play a big part as well. When you have these good memories and medals from winning these competitions you feel good when they come around. It helps give you a positive mentality going into the game.
“Aberdeen have recruited well and they’ll be difficult to beat. The game last weekend was the first time we played them this season and it gave us an idea of their strengths and weaknesses and how they might want to play in the semi-final.”
Andrew Considine will step foot on the Hampden turf on Sunday with memories of impressing in a Scotland shirt fresh in his mind. Although he has positive memories of playing at the national stadium for his country, he has had less success with his club and it’s something he’s eager to put right.
He said: “I have played at Hampden on a good few occasions over the years with Aberdeen and we have come home empty-handed a number of times.
“I have experienced everything in those games and there have been more lows than highs, there is no hiding that. Some severe lows too. But there have been some good times as well, none more so than recently when I went there and played with Scotland.
“That horrendous loss in 2008 to Queen of the South in the semi-final, which was my first trip to the national stadium, that was a real rollercoaster. I scored two goals as we lost 3-2, so even within some of the games there has been a real swing in fortunes for me and the team.
“Experiencing those lows makes you appreciate the good times more. It has helped me to develop a thick skin too, and you need that to be involved in football. All these turbulent times are worth it when you have good moments, such as when I got the call to say I was in the Scotland squad. That was a fantastic week or so, being involved in two important games and two wins.
“The main thing is that Aberdeen as a club are still getting to Hampden, we are still getting to semi-finals and hopefully we will get to more finals. You go there to win trophies and hopefully we can do that this season.”
Celtic have won their last seven matches against Aberdeen at Hampden – their last defeat to the Dons in the national stadium was in the 1992/93 League Cup semi-final.
Since 2000, Aberdeen have reached seven Scottish Cup semi-finals but have only won one of them, against Hibs in 2017.
Supporters can now get their hands on a keepsake of this unprecedented time in the competition’s history by purchasing the official match-day programmes.
The 36-page, A5 collector’s editions for the Heart of Midlothian v Hibernian and Celtic v Aberdeen fixtures are now on sale for £3.00, plus 99p post and packaging, from the Scottish Football Association’s official print partners Ignition Sports Media.
Digital programmes will also be made available via the Scottish Cup social media channels ahead of kick-off.
Referee: Don Robertson, AR1 Douglas Ross, AR2 Daniel McFarlane, Fourth Official David Munro, AAR1 Kevin Clancy, AAR2 Gavin Duncan
Goal line technology to be used
The Scottish FA will use goal line technology for the first time in the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Finals and Final this year, in conjunction with Hawk-Eye.
Goal line technology was first tested in 2011 by FIFA and approved by the IFAB in 2012, since being successfully used in international tournaments and domestic competitions across the world.