Former Motherwell and Celtic captain Tom Boyd believes the Lanarkshire side have an opportunity of distressing the Betfred Cup last odds if they reveal the belief that carried his team forward in 1991.
As a Celtic ambassador and also boyhood fan, Boyd is backing the owners to maintain the trophy on Sunday, b ut the previous Scotland defender expects Motherwell to be organised and pose a danger.
Motherwell scored 20 objectives on their means to the last, slipping by Ross County with 10 men before maintaining clean sheets versus Aberdeen as well as Rangers.
Boyd really felt the exact same sort of energy when Motherwell knocked senseless Aberdeen and Celtic prior to defeating favourites Dundee United in a timeless Scottish Cup final 26 years ago.
“When you go back to the very first game when we went to Aberdeen and also knocked out the owners, that offered us idea,” he stated. “I was perhaps a wee bit tongue in cheek, however that’s exactly what I stated, if we are mosting likely to win it we will should beat this group. And also we properly did.
“And the Celtic game was outstanding. Dundee United had an awful record in the final also so there were a lot of things we could count on.
“I simply had belief. You need to go in with self-confidence, as well as I’m sure the Motherwell advocates will be skeptical, yet absolutely they will believe they can do it, they have actually defeated big teams in the past. Celtic will be a various kettle of fish with the high quality they have got, not just in the very first 11 however in the whole team.
“It’s a significant ask with Celtic unbeaten in 64 (residential) video games and under a fantastic manager in Brendan Rodgers.
“To show that degree of uniformity since Brendan was available in has actually been extraordinary. He has actually made a few adjustments when points do not quite go inning accordance with strategy and has actually still handled to be undefeated. That’s an absolutely sensational success.
“So it’s a great deal tougher resistance than we needed to play, however I would wish that it will certainly be born in mind as a good game as well as both groups go for it.
“Motherwell had a good success against Aberdeen and someone Celtic should view is Louis Moult, he’s on leading type just now. They are absolutely showing a great deal of resolution and also uniformity to get to where they are.”
Boyd is likewise expecting a suitable showpiece to remember his former team-mate, Phil O’Donnell, that died 10 years earlier. O’Donnell’s household will be special visitors as well as his youngest kid, 14-year-old Luc, will certainly ceremony the prize prior to kick-off.
“It’s a magnificent honour for Phil, somebody who was a wonderful servant to the video game as well as both clubs,” Boyd said. “He is held in high esteem as well as it’s a nice way to bear in mind somebody of that ilk. He was the excellent specialist on and also off the park and also he need to be appreciated by young people coming via the game today.”
:: Tom Boyd was speaking as the SPFL Trust introduced Superdraw, powered by Phoenix Hyundai. One advocate will win a new Hyundai i10 at Sunday’s Betfred Cup last. Tickets get on sale around Hampden Park before kick-off, valued at ₤ 2 (over 16s).