No Hampden Curse

Sunday’s match against Dundee Utd should be a cracker. The game is set up to be a great advert for Scottish football providing Celtic match Dundee Utd for effort.

There’s been a lot of nonsense talked in various quarters about a ‘Hampden curse’ or ‘hoodoo’. Lets nail this here and now. There is no curse nor hoodoo there is simply unacceptable levels of performance.

All our poor results at Hampden since Lennon took over are down to the players not putting in the energy that the opposition have. It’s all down to hard work and by beating Barcelona and running them close we have proved that when we put a shift in we can beat almost any team in the world. The problem has been that we are not taking that same professional approach into important domestic fixtures.

Now we’re not daft, we all knew the SPL was effectively over by Christmas and so did the players. Now that’s no excuse to take the foot off the gas but it is understandable that in SPL games many players have took their eye off the ball. However there is no excuse for lower levels of performance in knock out cup ties.

On Sunday we have to raise our game to not only match Dundee Utd but out fight and out play them. If we do that we will win and probably comfortably. If not we’ll be beaten.

Hail, Hail

 

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6 thoughts on “No Hampden Curse”

  1. Jas

    “Now that’s no excuse to take the foot off the gas but it is understandable that in SPL games many players have took their eye off the ball.”

    That may be human weakness but someone needs to impress upon them, and very robustly so, that there are thousands of fans paying a lot of hard earned cash to watch their performances EACH and EVERY game. No matter the domestic results week in, week out and in between, these relatively over-paid footballers should at least respect the justifiable expectations of supporters and let them see some focus.

    I would agree that one of cup games should always demand full commitment simply because, unlike the league, there are rarely second chances. The so called Hampden hoodoo is nothing more than “simply unacceptable levels of performance” as you say. It is insulting to both fans and opposition to think you can play these games as foregone conclusions. Even worse is the implied attitude that they are of little interest which is the impression given on the park by some of our players over the piece.

    Let us hope Sunday will be a catalyst in our cup displays. Unfortunately I am travelling during the game and may be reduced to listening to Radio Scotland and the well balanced comments of its “expert and knowledgeable” sports team – YUUK!

    H H

  2. Jas

    “Now that’s no excuse to take the foot off the gas but it is understandable that in SPL games many players have took their eye off the ball.”

    That may be human weakness but someone needs to impress upon them, and very robustly so, that there are thousands of fans paying a lot of hard earned cash to watch their performances EACH and EVERY game. No matter the domestic results week in, week out and in between, these relatively over-paid footballers should at least respect the justifiable expectations of supporters and let them see some focus.

    I would agree that one of cup games should always demand full commitment simply because, unlike the league, there are rarely second chances. The so called Hampden hoodoo is nothing more than “simply unacceptable levels of performance” as you say. It is insulting to both fans and opposition to think you can play these games as foregone conclusions. Even worse is the implied attitude that they are of little interest which is the impression given on the park by some of our players over the piece.

    Let us hope Sunday will be a catalyst in our cup displays. Unfortunately I am travelling during the game and may be reduced to listening to Radio Scotland and the well balanced comments of its “expert and knowledgeable” sports team – YUUK!

    H H

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