MATTHEWS EYES FIRST FINAL APPEARANCE

Adam Matthews' vow to return to the big stage will start as Celtic face Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Last Updated: 16/03/12 at 06:40 Post Comment

Adam Matthews: Hoping to lift League Cup trophy

Adam Matthews: Hoping to lift League Cup trophy

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Adam Matthews sat watching his Cardiff team-mates just miss out on Wembley glory and vowed to return to the big stage soon.

And that chance could come on Sunday, with the 20-year-old in line to play for Celtic in the Scottish Communities League Cup final against Kilmarnock.

A teenage Matthews had played 35 times for Cardiff before the 2010 Championship play-offs, but did not feature as his side lost 3-2 to Blackpool.

"I've been in a play-off final but didn't play so this will be my first one," Matthews said. "I wasn't on the bench, just in the squad. I was only 17.

"It was a disappointment but that made me a better player and more determined to play in big games.

"When you become a footballer, every footballer wants to play in a final. That's one of the reasons I came to Celtic.

Hopefully it will be a good occasion and we'll get to lift the trophy at the end of it."

Matthews played in the 4-0 William Hill Scottish Cup win over Dundee United but manager Neil Lennon has regularly rotated his side this season, with right-back one of the most unpredictable positions.

Although Matthews looks favourite to start amid an impressive debut season at Celtic, Cha Du-ri and Mikael Lustig have both played in recent weeks.

When asked if he expected to start, Matthews said: "I'm not sure, but whoever has played in the right-back position has done well, we have got three different-class people to play in that position so it was always going to be tough to keep my place.

"But hopefully I justified myself against Dundee (United) and can keep my place for the final. A player would be gutted to miss out on the final but I just have to keep working hard in training and it's the gaffer's decision."

Matthews played in the memorable 3-3 draw with Kilmarnock in October, which started Celtic's 27-match unbeaten domestic run after they trailed 3-0, so he knows not to take anything for granted on Sunday.

And watching his former Cardiff team-mates on their recent return to Wembley - when they lost to Liverpool on penalties after a 2-2 draw - was further proof that complacency can be costly.

The Wales international said: "I spoke to a few of them, they enjoyed it but obviously they were gutted in the end.

"But I think that shows that anything can happen in cup finals. Liverpool were expected to win but Cardiff gave them a good go and were unlucky in the end."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

oes the absence of Winston Bogarde mean he's finally left Chelsea?

nellyknows
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

P

resumably, Diaby is in this team but receiving treatment

lee
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

A

deadwood 11 and not an arsenal player listed. Heady days.

EssexGooner
The Pre-Season 'Is He Still There?' XI

Footer 365

Transfer News: Manchester City in talks with Frank Lampard over loan move

Frank Lampard's representatives are in talks with Manchester City over a loan move, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger admits Thomas Vermaelen could leave Arsenal this summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plans to make more signings this summer, but admits captain Thomas Vermaelen could leave.

Guus Hiddink vows to build on success of Holland predecessor Louis van Gaal

New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has vowed to build on the success of predecessor Louis van Gaal.

Mail Box

Are Villa Fans The Lowest Of Them All?

With the possible exception of Blackpool, are any club's fans feeling any more depressed about the start of the season than Villa? We also have a bizarre suggestion and...

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property