Dunfermline 0-3 Celtic

Last updated : 06 February 2005 By Kevin Smith
Celtic cruised towards the Quarter Finals of the Tennents Scottish Cup today, with a very comfortable 3-0 victory over Dunfermline on the plastic surface. All three goals were scored before half time, and Celtic showed the difference in class between The Champions and Mickey Mouse outfits like Dunfermline.

John Hartson bagged a double, with Player Of The Month Chris Sutton netting in between Hartson's brace. With Craig Bellamy waiting to be unleashed, you really do have to wonder just how much we will be feared when the three strikers line up together.

I am fed up with clowns like Dunfermline Chairman John Yorkston and Dunfermline-Mad editor David Cooney, who continually attempt to bring Celtic down.

Before the game, Cooney, as usual, tried his boring and predictable wind-up tactics on his match preview. Yet again, this character has been made to eat his words, as his team have been humped by The Celts once again.

Yorkston holds a higher position and should have known better than to come out with the comments he did before the game. In retaliation to everyone's hatred of Dunfermline's pitch, he claimed Bobo Balde has injured more players this season than the plastic surface. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't this the guy who was publicly demanding an apology from Chris Sutton after his 'lying down' comments a couple of seasons ago? Yorkston must make a public apology towards Bobo Balde, and to Celtic.

The Dunfermline home support was terrible. It's a sad day when Celtic fans are refused extra tickets for a game which no-one in Fife seemed bothered about. Over a half of the Dunfermline end looked empty, yet muppets like John Yorkston, time and time again, tries to have a go at our club? It would be interesting to see how teams like Dunfermline would cope without the fans of the Old Firm visiting five times a season.

The match itself was done and dusted after 11 minutes, when Chris Sutton scored the second goal. We might as well have went home then, as the rest of the game, apart from Hartson's second, minutes before the interval.

Hartson and Thompson were taken off as a precautionary measure, but both are thought to be okay. A downside of the game was Hartson's yellow card, which rules him out of the next round. Still, I think we might be able to cope. Stephane Henchoz made his debut and looked competent.

Celtic showed Dunfermline up today, we are in a different class without even stepping out of first gear. The sooner we get out of this hellhole of a league the better.

The Quarter Final draw will be made tomorrow night at 6.45pm.

Celtic: Douglas, Balde, Henchoz, Varga, Laursen, McGeady, Lennon, Petrov (Lambert), Thompson (Juninho), Sutton, Hartson (Wallace)

Come On The Hoops Moment To Remember: The complete ease at which we disposed of Dunfermline.

Come On The Hoops Moment To Forget: John Yorkston, David Cooney and the rest of their Dunfermline chronies.