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Scott Bain: This team knows how to win high-pressure games

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CELTIC return to Hampden this Sunday, where they face Aberdeen in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup. Speaking ahead of the game, Hoops goalkeeper Scott Bain said it would be a dream come true to play in two consecutive cup finals, and that he has every confidence he and his team-mates can get the job done.

In December, the Scottish champions overcame Aberdeen in this season’s League Cup final, when a Ryan Christie strike deep into first-half injury-time was all that separated the sides. Neil Lennon’s men again face Aberdeen this weekend, and Bain expects another physical contest at the National Stadium.

“Aberdeen are strong, and they’re physical,” said Bain. “Sunday is a case of getting our game-plan sorted, and hopefully we can progress one stage more. Since the last trip to Hampden, it’s been a bit of a wait so it’ll be nice to be back there. We love the big games here, so they’re ones that are always on the calendar.

“Since coming in from the winter break, it’s been more than I would have hoped for in my first season. It’s been great and results have been going our way. I’d also love to play two cup finals in one season. I had a dream start in the last cup campaign. We need to go into Sunday with the same mindset and get ourselves through to another cup final.”

Bain said that while always pleased to see Celtic succeed, his involvement in the first-team during this campaign has made that success even sweeter.

With this year’s League Cup already in the bag, and with an 11-point lead in the Scottish Premiership, the prospect of a third consecutive treble is very much alive. However, Bain said he and his team-mates will always focus solely on the next game in turn.  

He added: “It’s different from last year because, this year, I’ve been more involved. I can take more enjoyment this year because I feel like I’ve played a bigger part in it all. We also don’t talk about the treble treble. I don’t read about it and we don’t speak about it.

“What people need to realise is that what we’ve done the past two years isn’t normal, it’s special. It’s about thinking - this is a great achievement already, and if we can go one better, that’s brilliant.

 “We need to prove to everyone else that we can keep going and going. You don’t want to be the one to fail, which also keeps you motivated. It’s a good position to be in. We’ve had so much success and have won everything in the last two-and-a-half years. Other teams want a taste of that. We need to make sure we’re on our game and keep that going.

“We can’t get too ahead of ourselves, and we know how tough this game is going to be on Sunday. If we can get through that, then we can allow ourselves to dream again. Every game has had that pressure, whether it was the first round or the semi-final. The boys know what they need to do to get to finals and win cups.”

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