A mix of Scottish Cup and league action took place this weekend. Whilst the likes of St Mirren scrapped at home for Premiership survival, Hibernian’s goal was to reach a semi-final at the national stadium.
It threw up many talking points and may have changed the fate of some teams’ season.
Here are five things we learned.
Hibs can’t secure revenge over Neil Lennon
It was set up to be one of the fixtures of the season. Hibs taking on Celtic in a cup quarter final in the wake of the fallout which seen Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers move to Leicester City. More interesting for the Easter Road side was the return to Leith for former boss and new Celtic manager Neil Lennon, just weeks after his dramatic Hibs departure.
Hibees boss Paul Heckingbottom will be dissatisfied with their efforts, going down 2-0 at home to the cup holders without much of a fuss. Whilst it might have been a solid performance, they did nowhere near enough to trouble Lennon and his new side.
It’s a sore one for Hibs fans. Not only do they bow out of the cup, their old boss has the bragging rights over his former employers.
Aberdeen’s away replay may be beneficial
Another game, another day without a win at home for Aberdeen, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. They gave everything in their Scottish Cup tie against Rangers as the game ended 1-1. Given the contrasts between the Dons’ home and away form, Derek McInnes may fancy his chances at Ibrox.
Whilst having just won once in eight attempts at home, Aberdeen have won their last seven away fixtures on the bounce. If they can keep that form up, they are in with a shout in Govan.
The two sides are well matched, with not much separating the two teams throughout the season. It’s set up for another blockbuster clash in the replay, a fixture McInnes may be quietly confident about.
St Mirren could pull off the great escape
Whilst it seemed so unlikely weeks ago, St Mirren are well in with a shout of Premiership survival. A last gasp winner at home to Livingston seen the Buddies pick up a crucial 1-0 victory.
Oran Kearney’s men are now just a point off the play-off position and four off Hamilton in 10th. Another vital fixture at home to Kilmarnock awaits the Buddies now and only a victory will be sufficient if this result is to mean anything in the long run.
Weather kills Kilmarnock v Motherwell
After the game on Wednesday versus Kilmarnock and Motherwell was postponed due to fog, it was rearranged for Saturday. The game didn’t fall foul of the weather, but it was severely lacking in quality because of it.
The high winds and torrential rain made conditions difficult to play in and it turned the game into an ugly spectacle. No real passing movement and a lack of concrete chances made it gruelling viewing for the drenched supporters.
It was a truly awful game, and despite the reduced ticket prices, people will still feel they never got their money’s worth.
Inverness CT get another Hampden bow
Inverness haven’t had much to shout about since dropping into the Championship. They haven’t really looked like returning to the top flight, but now some sunshine has appeared from behind the grey clouds in the Highlands.
The Caley Jags travelled to Tannadice to face Championship rivals Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarter finals. A last minute Aaron Doran goal gave John Robertson’s side progression to the semi-finals at Hampden, their first trip since winning the competition in 2015. It’ll be the highlight of Inverness’ season and a day they will savour when it comes.