William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-final
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Celtic
Sunday 19th April, 12.15pm kick-off
Hampden Park, Glasgow
With just over a month to go in the 2014/15 season, Ronny Deila remains on course to become just the third manager in Celtic’s history to win a domestic treble.
The League Cup winners are top of the Premiership but face a stern test in their race for a clean-sweep when they meet Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup semi-finals this Sunday.
The two sides have history in this competition and despite the shocks – most notably in 2000 when Inverness won 3-1 at Parkhead - Celtic have won their last three Scottish Cup encounters.
Semi-final defeats to Hearts (2012) and Ross County (2010) will ensure that the 36-time Scottish Cup champions won’t go into the game with their eyes on the main prize just yet. Deila has stressed the importance of taking one game at a time.
With experience on their side can Celtic overcome a crucial hurdle in their race for a dream treble at Hampden?
ROUTE TO THE SEMI-FINALS
Fourth Round – Hearts 0-4 Celtic
Van Dijk (29, 61), Guidetti (pen 52), Stokes (54)
Fifth Round – Dundee 0-2 Celtic
Griffiths (7), Johansen (47)
Quarter-final – Dundee United 1-1 Celtic
Ciftci (pen 45); Griffiths (71)
Quarter-final REPLAY – Celtic 4-0 Dundee United
Denayar (17), Griffiths (57), Commons (79), Van Dijk (90)
- In the past 20 years Celtic have reached the semi-final stage on 14 occasions, progressing to the final 9 times
- Scored 11 goals in the competition so far with three goals a piece for Leigh Griffiths and Virgil Van Dijk
- Have played Inverness 3 times in the league this season with one win, one loss and one draw
ONE TO WATCH
The striker was Hibernian’s hero in the 2013 Scottish Cup semi-finals - scoring a double to beat Falkirk in extra-time – and has scored 11 goals in the competition during his career. Now at Celtic, Griffiths has been in impressive form with 15 goals to his name this season – including a hat-trick against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night. Expect the 24-year old to lead the attack within Deila’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.