Weekend Wanderings: Celtic aim for a treble treble as England’s Lionesses host Denmark and the play off finals dominate this weekends fixtures

Once again, another weekend has come around with crucial finals dominating the fixture list.

This is very much the business end of the season where it’s all or nothing for the teams involved.

Alasdair Hooper is back with all the games you should be keeping an eye on in this Weekend Wanderings.

1) Can Celtic complete the treble treble?

Never before has a Scottish side won a ‘treble treble’ but that is what is at stake this Saturday for Celtic.

While many thought Brendan Rodgers would be the man to lead the side to this potential historic achievement, Neil Lennon is the man currently at the helm to see it through.

All that stands in Celtic’s way are their opponents at Hampden Park on Saturday, Craig Levein’s Hearts.

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After a promising start, Hearts’ season essentially tailed off and their focus has now been on this final for some time.

On their good days they can cause a problem for teams like Celtic, but for many observers you can’t really look past the Scottish Premiership champions writing themselves into history.

2) Can England’s Lionesses keep the positivity going in their warm up games?

In case you hadn’t noticed we are just a couple of weeks from the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France with plenty of eyes in this country keeping tabs on the Lionesses’ preparations.

On Saturday, Phil Neville’s side host Denmark in a warm up match where we look set to get a better idea of just what the former Manchester United man has in store tactically.

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The penultimate home match before the World Cup is expected to be a sell out in Walsall, showing exactly how far the support has come.

But in terms of the players, this is where the fine tuning begins ahead of their World Cup opener against Scotland.

3) Can Barcelona make up for their Champions League heartbreak with more domestic success?

It may have been a case of what might have been in the Champions League for Barcelona, following that second leg against Liverpool, but there are still honours to play for.

After wrapping up LaLiga relatively comfortably the next item on the agenda for Ernesto Valverde and his team is the Copa Del Rey final.

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On Saturday the Catalan side take on Valencia, a team who enjoyed a late push to take the final Champions League spot in the league table.

Manager Marcelino has managed to get the team playing back at a level they are more accustomed to and they certainly possess enough talent to do some damage.

It awaits to be seen whether the favourites Barcelona can get the job done.

4) Can RB Leipzig win their first major honour in their history?

To add to the series of cup finals, this Saturday also sees the final of the German Cup as RB Leipzig bid for their first ever major honour in their history.

Granted their history isn’t exactly lengthy having only been in existence for 10 years, but they have certainly stamped their authority on the Bundesliga following their promotion in 2016.

A third-placed finish this year will see them back in the Champions League but a cup final victory would really make it a season to remember.

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Naturally it is Bayern Munich who stand in their way a week on after they sealed the Bundesliga title.

Manager Niko Kovac’s future may be far from certain but this Bayern squad are not ones for letting a season peter out.

Could there be even more silverware heading back to the Bayern trophy cabinet?

5) Play-offs, play-offs and more play-offs?

In a cheap attempt at getting as many games as possible into one article, this section is dedicated to the many play-off finals we have to look forward to.

Firstly on Saturday we have the League Two play-off final between Newport County and Tranmere Rovers before Charlton and Sunderland go head to head in the League One play-off final the following day.

On Monday (though not strictly the weekend but it is a bank holiday) it’s the Championship play-off between Aston Villa and Derby County – a match that is always tight with a place in the Premier League at stake.

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There is also the small matter on Sunday of the second leg in the Scottish promotion/relegation play-off between St Mirren and Dundee United.

The first leg played out on Thursday after this article was written.

But with so many vital promotion clashes lined up this weekend, football fans are truly spoilt for choice.

You can follow Alasdair on Twitter @adjhooper1992

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