The culmination of the football season. The second oldest competition in football. The journey to the Scottish Cup Final is paved with local stories that stretch across every community in the country. The road to Hampden began in August last year, and through a process of elimination, the last contest was between Celtic and Aberdeen.
In the end, it was a dramatic and exciting occasion that lived up to the pre-match hype. The contest between the winners and runners-up in the SPFL had the added frisson of tension with Aberdeen seeking to win the Cup for the first time since 1990 and Celtic looking to make history by adding the trophy to the League Cup and League Championship they had already secured in an unbeaten season.
A party atmosphere across Mount Florida. A full house at Hampden. Early goal from Aberdeen. A quick equaliser. Suspense, pressure, chances and missed opportunities. Then, in the final minute, Tom Rogic contrived to move through the penalty box and place the ball beyond the Aberdeen goal to secure Celtic their treble.
In the stands yesterday, photographer Patrick McGuire took pictures that capture the drama and emotion of the day.
Patrick McGuire is a software engineer, with a sideline as a professional photographer. He specialises in documentary-style photos of weddings and other events. You can contact him here.