William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-final
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Celtic
Sunday 19th April, 12.15pm kick-off
Hampden Park, Glasgow
A penalty defeat in your first ever major cup final is enough to knock any club but Inverness have bounced back superbly from that agonising loss to Aberdeen in the 2014 Scottish League Cup final.
The Highlanders are now flying high in the Premiership and seeking to reach their first ever William Hill Scottish Cup final since forming as a single club in 1994.
In front of them lie league holders Celtic – the team they famously knocked out of the Scottish Cup in 2000 and then again in 2003. The sides have played each other three times in the league this season with neither John Hughes nor Ronny Deila claiming an advantage (A draw and one win each).
Inverness have been at this stage of the cup before – in 2003 they lost 1-0 to Dundee and the year after they were beaten by Dunfermline following a replay (the last to be played in the semi-finals).
They’ll be hoping to summon the spirit of 2000 and go ballistic again against Celtic on Sunday…
ROUTE TO THE SEMI-FINALS
Fourth Round – St Mirren 1-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
McAusland (17); Meekings (63)
Fourth Round REPLAY – Inverness CT 4-0 St Mirren
Warren (20), Tansey (pen 23), Williams (67), Shinnie (90)
Fifth Round – Partick Thistle 1-2 Inverness CT
Taylor (67); Watkins (16), Tansey (27)
Quarter-final – Inverness CT 0-1 Raith Rovers
- Have reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals at Hampden twice previously
- Have met Celtic three times in the league this year - (W1 D1 L1 FOR 2 AGAINST 2)
- Looking to reach first ever Scottish Cup final in club's history
ONE TO WATCH
The Scotland Under-21 international has been in fantastic form for Caley Thistle this season, scoring four goals in 35 games, with appearances in all of the club’s Scottish Cup ties. At 20-years of age there is still a lot to come from the Inverness-born attacker but he already plays an integral role in John Hughes’ attack minded team. Dad Charlie is a club legend and was also on the books at Celtic – can son Ryan down his old team and book Inverness their first ever Scottish Cup Final appearance?