Match Preview: Celtic v Hearts

01
Dec
2013

Posted By CSC Affiliation Media

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Celtic’s record v Hearts in the Scottish Cup is played  29  Celtic have won 17, Hearts 7, Draw  5

 

There can be little doubt that Celtic have had the better of Scottish Cup exchanges against the Jambos over the years, except funnily enough in the final when in 1901, goalkeeper Dan McArthur had a dreadful game and then in 1956 when Celtic opted to play right back Mike Haughney in the forward line and team him up with a youngster called Billy Craig, whose career never recovered from this disaster.

 

There was also for many years the widespread suspicion that a few Celtic players might have been “at it” that day. No evidence exists for this, but things were not helped some ten years later when goalkeeper Dick Beattie was done for accepting bribes when with Portsmouth. A far happier final was 1907 when Peter Somers scored twice and Willie Orr scored a penalty in a very one-sided final.

At Tynecastle, there have been 9 Scottish Cup ties – 5 wins, 3 draws (in each case, Celtic won the replay at Parkhead) and only 1 defeat, that coming in the last season of Davie Hay’s reign in February 1987. Celtic had a splendid win in 2004 with a couple of goals from Stilian Petrov and 1 from Henrik Larsson. A similarly fine win came in 1926 when Tommy McInally inspired Celtic to a 4-0 win.

 

The games in 1951 and 1966 were characterised by crowd problems – not through violence but through overcrowding, and play was held up on both occasions. 1972 was a replay with a solitary goal from Lou Macari enough to split the teams, but for sheer excitement, 1962 must be the best. Divers scored twice, and Chalmers once in a thrilling end-to-end tie. Celtic went behind 1-2 in the 72nd minute but fought back to lead 3-2 before Hearts equalized, but then a last minute retaken penalty from Pat Crerand sealed the win.

 

David Potter

 

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