Celtic are going through something ‘unusual’ to them – and that’s why Hearts can seize upon that and give themselves a chance of Scottish Cup success says Andy Webster.
The former defender won the Scottish Cup with the Jambos in 2012 and has also won the cup with Dundee United back in 2010. He’ll watch on with interest this Sunday as Hearts try to stop Celtic taking another Scottish Cup crown.
Celtic have won the last three tournaments, beating Hearts in the 2019 final. But with Celtic just off a shaky run and pressure mounting on the board at Parkhead, Webster believes Hearts can use this to their advantage.
“You can tell Celtic have slipped up generally, not just as a team, but as a club,” Webster told NTOF. “They are experiencing something they haven’t had for a long time.
“Regardless of how relentless they have been over a long period of time, they are experiencing something slightly different which may be new to a few of them. That may play into Hearts’ hands.
“No matter the league you are in, winning games of football breeds confidence around the group. Hearts will have that and if they approach the game and start it in the correct manner, there’s every opportunity they can be successful.
“Celtic will approach the game in a certain manner to best suit them and same with Hearts. I think both teams will have belief going into the match and I think Hearts will relish the chance to win a Scottish Cup. All the pressure is on Celtic.”
While unlikely to be the 5-1 scoreline Webster and his teammates managed to rack up in 2012 against Hibs, the former centre-back does believes Hearts have a chance this Sunday. The Jambos are massive underdogs, but he’s not writing off his former club.
“You need to get in the ascendency as early as you can,” Webster explained. “With cup finals, whether there are fans or not, there is always a bit of apprehension.
“It’s about stamping their authority and having a positive impact on the game. Hopefully Hearts can do that, I’m sure they will want to do that. But both teams will be looking to start well.
“It would be good to see Hearts going a goal up to see what Celtic have got. It doesn’t take too much in a cup final for things to turn. There will be a lot of nerves but with the quality and experience in their team, Hearts have an unbelievable opportunity to win the Scottish Cup.”
A full conversation with 2012 Scottish Cup winners Danny Grainger and Andy Webster ahead of Celtic v Hearts will be available this Saturday on YouTube.
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