Abdul Osman: Scottish Cup triumph would top win at Liverpool

Abdul Osman says a Hampden cup final win would trump his giant-killing penalty at Anfield. Picture: SNS

Abdul Osman says a Hampden cup final win would trump his giant-killing penalty at Anfield. Picture: SNS

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Abdul Osman walked with purpose from the halfway line to place the ball on the spot in front of the Kop at Anfield and slotted a textbook penalty into the right-hand corner of the net to send Liverpool spinning out of the League Cup.

That stunning moment on 22 September, 2010 – when League Two Northampton Town claimed the scalp of Roy Hodgson’s side in a shoot-out after a 2-2 draw – remains Osman’s greatest in football.

I’m looking forward to facing a good Partick side… We know it will be hard but there have been cup shocks in the past and hopefully this will be another one

Alex Rae

However, having trained in the shadow of the national stadium all week as he prepares to face St Mirren tonight, the Partick Thistle captain is dreaming of returning to Hampden in May to go one better. The 28-year-old 
Ghanaian would love to get the chance to lead the Jags out in the showpiece game of the 
season and he sees no reason why he can’t.

Osman said: “It was the greatest night of my life to score the winner at Anfield, it was a special night.

“They had Markus Babbel, Lucas, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Brad Jones in goal, Jay Spearing – it wasn’t a full-strength side but to go to Anfield and win any game is tough. When I was hitting the penalty I just thought to myself ‘put it in the back of the net’. I was very nervous but I managed to keep my cool and put it away.

“I don’t think the game was televised but the next morning it might as well have been because my face was all over the back pages of the papers. It was just amazing, all my friends and family were at 
the game.

“The Liverpool players were just distraught with their heads in their hands and just walked off the pitch, which was understandable.

“It just shows what can be done if you play your best football and get a bit of luck, which you always need in football regardless of who you are playing against.

“I don’t really talk about it too much, but sometimes I post it up on Instagram and some of my ex-team-mates will say ‘it’s gone now, leave it out!’ But it will always live with me.

“It would be amazing to go to Hampden with this team and to have a similar outcome in the final.

“It’s the national stadium and a big arena, so if we could win the cup there it would probably trump Anfield.

“I’ve been in there to do a few interviews, but I’ve not played there or watched a game there.

“It’s really nice though. I’ve been down on the pitch and I’d love to play there one day.

“I think we’re due a cup run. It’s very important for a club like us to go as far as we can.”

Tonight’s match will give 
St Mirren manager Alex Rae an opportunity to see how some of his younger players can cope against a top-flight outfit, and having only been in the job for a couple of weeks he is relishing the tie.

Rae is simply loving being back at the coalface having been out of the coaching game since leaving Genk with Alex McLeish at the end of last season. He said: “It’s full-on and there are so many different things to deal with but I love it and it’s great to be back working in this environment.

“I’m really looking forward to facing a good Partick Thistle side. We’ve got guys who have seen it all before like Andy Webster and Jamie Langfield but it will be a good test for the younger ones like Sean Kelly, Stevie Mallan and Lawrence Shankland.

“There are family sections for both sets of fans and I think moving the game to a Friday night is a great idea because, hopefully, we’ll get a decent crowd.

“The good news is we go into the match on the back of a very good result [a 1-0 win over Morton at Cappielow].

“It was so important to recover quickly after a poor day against Livingston and there was nothing better than a win against our local rivals to restore belief among the players. We know it will be a hard game but there have been a few cup shocks in the past and hopefully this will be another one.”

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