Our prediction for this Scottish Cup match:
Celtic and Raith go head to head at Celtic Park in a David-vs-Goliath Scottish Cup game. The Hoops look unstoppable at the moment, with the team winning each of their last seven league fixtures, but they do not want to stop now. The Premiership leaders are high on spirits following a 3-2 win over Aberdeen, and they are likely to give fans yet another reason for celebration.
Head coach Ange Postecoglou is likely to rest several first-team regulars in Sunday’s clash, with all Forrest, Bitton, Giakoumakis, and Johnston likely to return to the starting XI. All Turnbull, Ideguchi, Furuhashi, Dembele, and Ajeti should miss out with injuries. The Championship side, on the other hand, were beaten by Celtic in each of the previous five meetings between the two teams in all competitions, and they are unlikely to spoil the Hoops’ party in Glasgow.
Highlighted Player (Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo):
Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is a left winger who was born in Antwerp, Belgium on July 1, 1995. Bolingoli-Mbombo is a product of Beerschot youth academy, but he played for Club Brugge during his youth career as well. The pacey winger made his first-team debut with Club Brugge on July 26, 2013 in the opening match of the 2013/2014, coming as a substitute for Maxime Lestienne in the dying minutes of the game.
On March 19, 2015 Bolingoli-Mbombo produced one of the best performances of his career as he scored a brace against Besiktas in the Europa league last 16, helping Club Brugge make it to the quarter-finals of the European competition. The Belgian footballer, who is a cousin of Manchester United attacker Romelu Lukaku, has yet to earn a cap for the national team.
Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo’s main position is left winger, but he is used as a left back as well. In 2017 he moved to Rapid Vienna and he has been playing for the Austrian side ever since.
Highlighted Team (Celtic):
The Celtic Football Club boasts a proud over 100-year long history which has made The Bhoys a global brand thanks to their unprecedented social awareness that dates to the very beginnings of this Scottish club. Celtic was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow by raising money to help their fellow citizens.
The charity legacy continues to this day with Celtic still preserving their charitable traditions through the Celtic FC Foundation. The Celts play their home matches at Celtic Park in front of 60,000 people. One of the two most successful football clubs in Scotland with 47 Scottish League Championship titles to their name, Celtic have a long-standing fierce rivalry with Rangers, with the clubs known as the Old Firm.
European Cup winners from season 1966-67 and runners-up two years later, Celtic have been regular in European competitions since their first appearance in 1962-63. Their other most standout results have been runners-up in the EUFA Cup in 2003 and Intercontinental Cup in 1967.