Duffy: We need Brendan’s Bhoys to implode in Cup
JIM DUFFY admits that Morton’s only hope of masterminding another shock cup triumph at Parkhead is to pray Celtic have an almighty off-day.
Just four-and-a-half years have passed since Allan Moore’s Ton side sent the Hoops crashing out of the League Cup on their own patch courtesy of a Dougie Imrie penalty.
The draw for the Scottish Cup quarter-final has served up a rematch of that tie, however current Cappielow boss Duffy is acutely aware that Brendan Rodgers’ side are a very different proposition as t hey pursue a second successive domestic Treble.
However, if Celtic are off the pace, he hopes his underdogs will be ready to claim a ‘once in a lifetime’ triumph.
“You have got to be realistic. It’s all well people talking about belief and gameplans and all that. But the bottom line is that it depends on Celtic,” said Duffy. “It doesn’t matter what we do.
“We could play the best we could possibly play, but if Celtic are at their best then they will win the game. They are best team in the country and have only lost two games domestically in the last 79.
“Their record is phenomenal, so the most important thing for us is that we go there and compete and do ourselves justice. .
“If it’s that once in a lifetime shot, fantastic – but it doesn’t happen often.”
Duffy concedes that it is a bittersweet draw.
“It was probably the draw that every other manager is delighted they didn’t get,” Duffy added.
“It is great for the club, no doubt about that, and the players came in for training on Monday and were buzzing.
“You don’t get the opportunity to play the best team in the country at Celtic Park too often. It will be terrific.”
Ton boss Jim Duffy is under no illusions about the tie