Back in the 90s, Hampden Park was Celtic’s home stadium. These were fairly dark times for the supporters, and this is perhaps where the deep-rooted negativity lies for many fans.
These were times when players like Willie Falconer were strutting their stuff in the green and white hoops, so perhaps there is a reason for this state of mind.
In all seriousness, there are plenty more recent reasons why Celtic fans should be feeling very positive about their chances on Sunday in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Since 2016, Celtic have won every single match at the national stadium, with some memorable occasions – none more than when Tom Rogic scored the last-minute winner against Aberdeen to clinch the historic invincible season, and the treble.
It has to be said, though, that Hampden Park holds some very dark memories for the men from the east end of Glasgow.
Let’s take a look at three of the worst outings and one of the best…
Celtic 1-2 Hearts, 2012
Who can forget Craig Beattie’s injury-time penalty to defeat Neil Lennon’s men, who had equalised with just three minutes to go? This wasn’t a good day for Celtic.
Inverness 3-2 Celtic, 2015
The most obvious handball in cup history, missed by the referee, occurred with Celtic 1-0 up. The game turned in the second half when Craig Gordon was sent off; Inverness took the game to extra-time before scoring with three minutes left to put The Hoops out.
Ross County 3-1 Celtic, 2016
Another disaster under Ronny Deila. Again, Celtic led first through Gary Mackay-Steven and contrived to throw it away, with Efe Ambrose seeing red.
Rangers 0-1 Celtic, 2016
Moussa Dembele scored with a beautiful flick through the keeper’s legs to clinch a place in the League Cup final and kick off the run of wins at the famous old ground under Brendan Rodgers.
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