As the dust settles on what were some extraordinary quarter finals, Scottish football fans can take a few weeks to regroup, gather their thoughts and look ahead to the semi finals of the Scottish Cup. Rangers are gone, and so by all rights, the answer to the question above should be a simple one. Celtic will win it of course, there’s nobody left to stop them. But of course, nothing is quite that simple.
Celtic are runaway favourites
On paper, the equation is a simple one. Celtic have won the Cup 38 times, having played in 56 cup finals. They have won it for the last two years in succession and the only two finals they have lost in the past 20 years were to Rangers, who have not even made the semis. The squad is talented and confident; Kieran Tierney has proved himself alongside the very best with his Champions League experience back in 2016, while Moussa Dembele has shown time and again that he can magic a goal out of nothing when you least expect it. So of course, if you check out a site like https://www.mrgreen.com/en/betting/strategies/football for some betting tips, Celtic are the team to back. They are odds-on winners, with some bookmakers as short as 1/2. However, Football is not played on paper.
Hearts have a genuine chance
It is seven years since Hearts picked up any silverware, when they blew away Hibernian in this same tournament in 2012. They have the easier semi final draw, taking on an Inverness side that squeezed past Dundee in the quarter finals. Hearts will undoubtedly miss the injured Steven Naismith – his presence has truly revitalised the team – but if they can get past Inverness, the whispers are that he is likely to be back for the Cup Final.
Don’t rule out Aberdeen
Aberdeen are rapidly turning into the dark horses for this tournament. The way they bundled Rangers out of the event stunned the sporting world. There is obvious talent on display with the likes of Lewis Ferguson who, lest we forget, is still only 19, but even more important is the belief and spirit that Derek McInnes has instilled in his men. Here’s a team that relishes big games and they will go into their semi final against Celtic expecting nothing less than a win. If they should achieve that, all betting odds will be turned on their heads, so those wanting to put down a couple of pounds might well consider grabbing the 6/1 odds while they can.
Could Inverness repeat history?
Of the four teams left in the competition, Inverness are the rank outsiders. Fans will be quick to remind doubters of what happened in 2015, but strangely, this could increase the weight of expectation on their shoulders. Four years ago, nobody expected them to progress, while this year everyone will be anticipating the possibility of history repeating itself. Anything is possible, and those with a taste for romance will be tempted by the 16/1 odds of them doing so.