Duffy: We need Bren­dan’s Bhoys to im­plode in Cup

Evening Times - - SPORT - By JOHN McGILL

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

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