History awaits Inverness in debut Scottish Cup Final outing


Should Inverness Caledonian Thistle claim their first ever Scottish Cup trophy in their debut appearance in the final, it’ll be made all the more sweet by the knowledge that they beat the best to do it.

The hard work is already done. Celtic, the red-hot favourites to win a 37th Scottish Cup, were dispatched after extra time in the semi-final and now a Championship outfit rated as 9/2 outsiders for victory awaits.

Of course, the well-documented “magic of the cup” is as prevalent in Scotland as it is south of the border, so there is a theoretical chance that Falkirk can spring a surprise. But, at 6/10, Caley can’t really be ignored to triumph. Especially considering their opponents’ recent woes.

Falkirk have, in a rare campaign of fortune for the little guys, reached this point of the competition without facing a single side from a higher division.

While the Bairns have been lucky with their draw, they’ve failed to capitalise on it fully and have been far from convincing in those outings. No side has been beaten by more than a single goal, with three wins coming by the slimmest of 1-0 margins.

There is 14/1 available on the scoreline being repeated for the second-tier side at Hampden Park, although there isn’t really much evidence to suggest it will happen.

Falkirk have only claimed three league victories over sides from the top half of the Championship this term, suggesting they struggle to up their game to match opponents of higher standards. They also took just four points from the final five games of the season.

Meanwhile Caley Thistle finished third in the Premiership, the highest result in their history, and held an unbeaten home record over Celtic before knocking them out of this competition at the penultimate hurdle.

In this season of firsts for the Highland club, it’s hard to look beyond them signing it off in style.

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Matt Wiggins

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