Scottish Cup final as it happened

Celtic complete a league and cup double, beating Hibs 3-0 at Hampden to win the Scottish Cup at Hampden.

26 May 2013 Last updated at 16:23 GMT

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As it happened

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    Welcome to our coverage of the showpiece of the Scottish football season - the Scottish Cup final.

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    Hibernian and Celtic have made it through to the final at Hampden, which kicks off in just over an hour. The sun is out, the fans are beginning to enter the stadium on Glasgow's south side and, with any luck, we are shaping up for a cracker of a game.

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    The Celtic players, dressed in light grey wedding-type suits, have fulfilled their pre-match duties impeccably - you know, headphones on as they alight the team bus at Hampden, flicking through the match programme as they convene in the centre circle to assess the condition of the pitch.

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    Throughout the day it would be great to hear your thoughts on how the match will pan out, or controversial moments or Scottish Cup final memories. You can get in touch by text to 80295 or by using the hashtag #bbcsportscot on Twitter.

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    I'll try not to bore you stiff with stats but there are some that are worth an airing in the build-up. Here's one: this is the 128th year of the competition. The Scottish Cup is now recognised as the world's oldest national trophy.

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    And another little factoid: the first ever winners of the Scottish Cup were Queen's Park who defeated Clydesdale in 1874 at Hampden in front of a crowd of 2,500.

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    Former Celtic striker Jorge Cadete tells BBC Scotland that his former team will beat Hibs 3-1.

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    OK, here's some team news...

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    Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Izaguirre, Commons, Brown, Ledley, Mulgrew, Forrest, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Ambrose, Samaras, Rogic, McCourt.

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    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, Forster, Hanlon, McGivern, Harris, Claros, Taiwo, Thomson, Doyle, Griffiths. Subs: Murdoch, Stevenson, Handling, Robertson, Caldwell.

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    So, Hibernian's top scorer, Leigh Griffiths, will start against Celtic in the Scottish Cup final after overcoming a calf knock picked up in training.

    He will partner Eoin Doyle up front, with Jordon Forster taking the place of injured captain James McPake in the centre of manager Pat Fenlon's defence.

    McPake failed in his attempt to recover from a back injury that has ruled the 28-year-old out of action since the end of April.

    Experienced Tim Clancy, who has been out of action for a similar period, had proved his fitness, but Fenlon has stuck by 19-year-old Forster as Paul Hanlon's partner.

    Hibs ended the season seventh in the Scottish Premier League after six games without defeat, the last three being victories.

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    For Celtic, you imagine many of their fans will be pleased to see Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes given the chance to prove what a potent strike-force they can be. It's tough on big Georgios Samaras, mind you, who finds a place on the bench.

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    This is the first time that the Scottish Cup final has been played on a Sunday.

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    Injured Hibs captain James McPake tells BBC Scotland: "Last night and today it [being out injured] has hit me harder. But it's not about me. If we win it will be forgotten. We are a lot more relaxed than we were last year. Maybe it's being underdogs. We've got some very big players. We are relaxed and happy and ready to give a good performance."

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    James McPake continued: "I don't want to be moping about in the dressing room. Deep down it's hurting, of course."

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    Hibs and Celtic have met three times this season in the Scottish Premier League: 1 Sept 2012 Celtic 2 v 2 Hibernian; 29 Dec 2012 Hibernian 1 v 0 Celtic; and 6 Apr 2013 Celtic 3 v 0 Hibernian.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit and former Hibs captain Craig Paterson: "Today's the day, especially for the men at the back, when your first thought is 'don't make a mistake, just keep it neat and tidy'."

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    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Scotland: "I've got butterflies, I'm a little bit nervous but that's to be expected on a day like this. I went for a little run this morning just to clear the head. [Kris] Commons, [Anthony] Stokes and [Gary] Hooper have been in excellent form, I've always got Georgios [Samaras] if the game gets stretched. The expectation on us all season has been to win every game. Hampden is a different animal for us at times. If we play like we can Hibs will be hard pushed to stop us. We want to finish the season on a high."

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    Craig Reid of the Proclaimers: "I wouldn't say I'm confident. Whatever happens, happens. My brother [Charlie] couldn't face it this year [after the 5-1 defeat by Hearts last season]. If Celtic play their top game, they will win. If they don't, we have a chance. There must be a good chance Leigh Griffiths will get at least one goal."

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    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon tells BBC Scotland: "It's a fabulous occasion. We know we will have to play incredibly well to win here today."

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    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon tells BBC Scotland: "It's disappointing for James [McPake]. Jordon Forster and Alex Harris have come in and done incredibly well for us. We'd have been all disappointed if Leigh had missed out so we are delighted to have him available. We have done all the work. All the games to get here have been hard. The players can become heroes of the football club."

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    This is Celtic's 54th final - and they boast the most successes in the tournament, with 35.

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    Hibs, famously, last won the Scottish Cup in 1902. That victory was at Celtic Park, not Hampden. The match was originally intended to be played at Ibrox but was moved due to the first Ibrox disaster a week earlier during a Scotland-England game.

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    The Scottish Cup itself was made in Glasgow by George Edwards and Sons of Buchanan Street and is now the oldest surviving national trophy, and arguably the most valuable piece of silverware in the world.

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    We've just heard from Craig Reid, and whaddya know, The Proclaimers' epic Sunshine on Leith is now being belted out over the PA system and by the hordes from Leith. What an incredible song that is. The Everly Brothers would have been proud of it!

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    djamieson9: "Watching the celtic-hibs match from czech republic, come on yer hoops!! #bbcsportscot"

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    This is the second time Hibs have featured in back-to-back finals: In 1923 they were defeated by Celtic and were on the losing side against Airdrie the following year.

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    And another great football anthem, You'll Never Walk Alone, is given a tremendous airing by the Celtic fans. The atmosphere is building very nicely.

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    Shock news: Hibs midfielder Kevin Thomson was wearing gloves during his team's warm-up. In late May! Maybe they're a good-luck charm.

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    BBCBMcLauchlin: "Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon finalising his research reading the 3D cup final programme! #bbcsportscot"

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    Former Celtic striker Pierre van Hooijdonk and Easter Road midfield maestro Russell Latapy take turns at lifting the Scottish Cup and waving it before each team's fans.

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    Mr Latapy says he is enjoying his retirement from football, spending time on the golf course. "Hibs will always be special to me," he tells BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young. "They were my first team in Scotland. It is always great to be back." Top guy.

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    Willie Collum, 34, is today's referee. He was elevated to FIFA Elite Referee level last year. This is the 52nd game he has taken charge of this season.

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    Both Rangers and Celtic won the Scottish Cup in their centenary years - Rangers in 1973 and Celtic in 1988. This year is Celtic's 125th anniversary.

    The present custom of having a day set aside solely for the cup final is a relatively new one. In the past it was common for a full league programme to be played on cup final day. In 1939 when 94,799 watched Clyde beat Motherwell 4-0, Rangers were playing Hamilton and Celtic were at home to St Johnstone.

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    With six minutes until kick-off, the Hampden pitch is being swathed in massive green and white ribbons.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod: "The players are just desperate for the game to start. The players don't want all the pomp. They just want to get started."

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    Murdo MacLeod continued: "Hibs have got to be positive. They have got to keep on going. They have to fight for every minute."

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    BBC Scotland reporter Alasdair Lamont at Hampden: "The atmosphere is really ramping up here. It's a sea of green and white as you'd expect. The teams are preparing to make their way onto the pitch, at which point the crescendo of noise will increase even further."

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    Hibs are wearing their traditional green and white home strip as the teams make their way on to the pitch.

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    Mike in Manchester: "Hibs' Ben Williams was our school keeper when we won the Manchester Schools Cup back in 1994. He kept a clean sheet in that final, beware Celtic."

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    Ben Williams is the Hibs captain as James McPake watches injured from the stand. McPake says he plans to get stripped, John Terry style, to help Williams lift the trophy - if Hibs win.

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    Celtic, all in black, kick the match off.

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    The match begins at a cracking pace amid a wall of noise. Hibs' talisman Leigh Griffiths thumps a speculative left-foot shot high and wide from the far touchline.

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    Hibs have an early corner, which Charlie Mulgrew heads out to the edge of the box where Hibs midfielder Tom Taiwo is lurking. His shot flies over the bar by a foot or so.

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    Ah, left-footed players. Ryan McGivern looks so elegant in the left-back berth for Hibs.

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    Eoin Doyle springs like a gazelle to meet Ryan McGivern's cross from the left and is denied by a superb reflex save by Celtic goalie Fraser Forster. Hibs have started very brightly.

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    Hibernian 0-1 Celtic (Hooper) It's a joyous moment for Gary Hooper with his volley from a tight angle at the back post but it's painful for Hibs, who have looked good. Defender Alan Maybury fluffs his clearance in the box allowing Anthony Stokes to cross to the back post where Hooper managed to sneak away from Paul Hanlon to open the scoring.

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    Well, let's see how Hibs react to the loss of that goal. Celtic look more confident already.

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    Ben Williams clutches a high cross into the Hibs box by Celtic full-back Mikael Lustig.

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    Hibs need to get a grip. Their midfielder Kevin Thomson closes down his former team-mate and good friend Scott Brown, his appetite for the game cheered by his team's fans.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson: "The next five or 10 minutes are key for Hibs. They cannot afford top concede again."

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    Alex Harris, just 18, is slack with a ball in from the right for Hibs and that is followed by a wayward ball from Jorge Claros, aimed at Leigh Griffiths.

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    The Hibs fans hold their breath as Leigh Griffiths slips but their favourite striker gets to his feet and looks OK - no pulled muscles.

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    Gary Hooper comes back to the halfway line to win the ball from Hibs. He wheels across to the left and sets strike partner Anthony Stokes off and running and the Irishman jinks one way and the other before firing a low shot narrowly wide of Ben Williams' near post. That was a lovely move by Celtic.

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    Hibs move the ball well down the right with Alex Harris and Leigh Griffiths. Play switches to the left and Ryan McGivern's ball into the Celtic box is cleared. As Kris Commons tries to break swiftly, Jorge "The Pitbull" Claros puts in a hefty challenge to halt him and can consider himself lucky to avoid a booking.

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    Hibs beat Hearts, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Falkirk on their way to the final.

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    Kris Commons curls a beauty of a pass in for Joe Ledley who races into the box and fires at goal, only to be denied by a fine save by Hibs goalie Ben Williams.

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    Hibs have held their own in this match...except for the goal, of course. They look lively and occasionally menacing but Celtic look a serious threat in front of goal when they get into the box.

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    You know it's Cup final day when Hibs boss is in a suit and not his trademark training top and jogging trousers.

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    Hibernian 0-2 Celtic (Hooper) The Stokes-Hooper combination works a treat once again. With 31 minutes on the clock, Stokes swings in a left-foot cross from the left to the back post where the Englishman Gary Hooper shows great athleticism to leap between two Hibs defenders and angle a header home.

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    It's a brutal game at times, football. That must be gutting for the Hibs fans.

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    Leigh Griffiths goes down under a challenge by Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew. A wee bit of physio and it looks like the Hibs man will be fine to continue.

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    Leigh Griffiths springs the offside trap and meets Kevin Thomson's incisive pass. The little striker nicks the ball past the on-rushing Celtic goalie Fraser Forster but he takes it too far and can only knock the ball across the face of the goal - no other Hibs player is close enough to tap it home.

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    John in Aberdeen by text to 80295: "Hooper: more goals than anybody (Higdon, Griffiths, McGinn) and he didn't get a re mention in yesterday's tem of the season. 31 goals already and more to come?"

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    How Hibs could do with a goal now to give their half-time team talk a more hopeful tone.

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    Scott Brown thunders into the calf of Tom Taiwo in the Hibs midfield. Ref Willie Collum warns the Celtic captain that his next such tackle will lead to a booking.

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    Hibs apply some pressure to the Celtic backline but Kevin Thomson's attempt at goal from 18 yards is wild and wayward.

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    Anthony Stokes controls a high ball very skilfully and makes a sharp pass to Gary Hooper but the move peters out. The pair are on their game today.

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    Hibernian 0-2 Celtic

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    Both of Gary Hooper's goals have come from crosses to the back post. His finishing has been first class.

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    BBC Scotland reporter Alasdair Lamont at Hampden: "Celtic and Gary Hooper have shown the killer instinct, which means they have what should be an unassailable lead at the interval. Pat Fenlon won't be at all happy with his side's defending at either goal, but they've looked decent in spells. But at this stage, it looks like the long wait for a Scottish Cup victory will go on."

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    More from Alasdair Lamont: "It's a very long way back for Hibs now. They've actually played okay, but have struggled to create a meaningful goalscoring chance and the defensive frailty they've shown will always be punished with the quality of forwards Celtic have."

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    EdinburghTom: "#bbcsportscot Ben Williams is a class keeper, but i wish someone else would go in goal for crosses"

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    TSE_17: "All eyes on Lennon at the final whistle. Big, big rumours that this is his last game in charge of Celtic. #bbcsportscot"

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Chick Young: "I thought Hibs were absolutely dreadful in that first half. There cannot be a way back for them. I cannot see how Hibs can conceivably get back into this match or even take it into injury time."

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    Ian in Glasgow isn't impressed with the match: "If this is the showpiece of Scottish football we truly are a nation in trouble, awful springs to mind. Celtic are what they are - average - Hibs no better."

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    Hibs kick off the second half with a craggy mountain to climb.

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    Twinkle-toed Alex Harris beats three Celtic players down the left and nutmegs Kelvin Wilson in the centre of Celtic's defence. The move comes to nothing but at least it's a positive start for Hibs.

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    Kevin Thomson's pass to Jorge Claros is clipped forward by the Honduran into the arms of Celtic goalie Fraser Forster.

  80. 1607: 

    The Lang Toun Bairn: "Ian in Glasgow: geez peace. Did you SEE the FA cup final? #mince."

  81. 1608: 

    Kris Commons passes for Gary Hooper in the inside-right channel and the double goalscorer finds James Forrest but he loses control at just the wrong moment for Celtic.

  82. 1610: 

    Anthony Stokes, with two goal assists this afternoon, cuts inside from the left and smashes a right-foot shot a yard wide of Ben Williams' far post.

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    Hibs simply cannot keep possession. The Celtic players are pressing them well in the final third, resulting in hurried passes out of defence which Kelvin Wilson in particular is enjoying picking up in the Celtic half.

  84. 1612: 

    Jorge Claros makes a heavy, late challenge on Celtic skipper Scott Brown, who reacts badly, jabbing a finger the Honduran's way. Willie Collum shows both players a yellow card.

  85. 1615: 

    Alex Harris breaks down the left wing and his cross cannons off the legs of a Celtic defender and almost lands at the feet of Leigh Griffiths. Much better from Hibs.

  86. 1618: 

    Leigh Griffiths is booked for a challenge on Charlie Mulgrew. The Hibs striker jumped into the tackle, trying to block Mulgrew's clearance and the Celtic defender took a sore one as his boot connected with Griffiths' studs. I didn't see too much malice in that.

  87. 1618: 

    Hibs need to score twice in half an hour and keep Celtic at bay to take the match into extra-time.

  88. 1619: 

    CunningColin: "Hibs winning the Scottish Cup might actually be one of the signs of the apocalypse #ScottishCupFinal #BBCSportScot"

  89. 1622: 

    James Forrest leaves Ryan McGivern gasping as he streaks down the right wing. His cross comes off Paul Hanlon and falls for Gary Hooper, whose chipped shot from 14 yards goes over the bar. I think Hooper had more time to compose himself than he realised.

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    ScottishFA: "Today's official attendance: 51,254 #ScottishCupFinal"

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    Kris Commons barges Hibs' Alex Harris off the ball in what is becoming a scrappy period in the second half.

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    BBC Scotland reporter Alasdair Lamont at Hampden: "That booking for Leigh Griffiths rather sums up his afternoon so far. He hasn't been at the races, partly because of a lack of service but possibly also as the result of the calf knock he took in training on Friday."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod: "Hibs have five across the middle of the park. Harris had one good run at the beginning of the second half. They have to get the ball to him."

  94. 1629: 

    Jorge Claros and Anthony Stokes engage in a bit of, um, banter. Claros has to be careful, being on a booking.

  95. 1629: 

    Pat Fenlon makes a change for Hibernian, with Daniel Handling replacing Eoin Doyle.

  96. 1630: 

    Celtic striker Georgios Samaras is preparing to come on for the final 17 minutes or so.

  97. 1631: 

    MA7_12: "Do the hibs midfield know they are 2 down? so slow in their buildup. #bbcsportscot"

  98. 1633: 

    Ryan McGivern adds momentum to Hibs' attack with his intelligent prompting down the left and wins his team a corner.

  99. 1634: 

    Kevin Thomson makes way for 19-year-old Ross Caldwell while Hibs prepare to take their corner kick, which comes to nothing.

  100. 1635: 

    And Celtic now have Georgios Samaras on in place of Kris Commons.

  101. 1636: 

    Time is running out for Hibs. They just cannot penetrate the Celtic defence. Twelve minutes to go.

  102. 1637: 

    Hibernian 0-3 Celtic (Ledley) Welsh star Joe Ledley makes it three for Celtic as he powers home a left-foot shot from 12 yards after a swift break down the right by Mikael Lustig.

  103. 1639: 

    The impressive Scott Brown is given a standing ovation by the Celtic fans as he is subbed for Efe Ambrose. His next task will be to lift the famous old trophy.

  104. 1640: 

    Athlete Eilidh Child: "I don't like Celtic but if Hibs won today it would spoil too many hearts songs! #since1902"

  105. 1642: 

    Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths trudges off - next stop Wolves - and is replaced by Lewis Stevenson.

  106. 1643: 

    TomEnglishSport: "Great season, Celtic. Double bubble. Didn't have to get out of third gear today. Very professional."

  107. 1645: 

    Celtic's name is being engraved on to the base of the Scottish Cup. Does the engraver choose when to start or does someone at the SFA give him the nod, I wonder.

  108. 1646: 

    Paddy McCourt makes a late appearance in the match and is handed the captain's armband by Joe Ledley. James Forrest is off.

  109. 1647: 

    And McCourt dances around the edge of the box and passes to Anthony Stokes who clips a shot over the bar. The Celtic fans are in full voice now.

  110. 1648: 

    There are two minutes of added time to be played. Perhaps even the Hibs players would rather it was all over now.

  111. 1649: 

    HibernianFCClub: "Our support is the best in the world - the noise coming from the West end of Hampden is brilliant #wearehibernianfc"

  112. 1650: 

    Hibernian 0-3 Celtic

  113. 1651: 

    What a contrast between the teams. The Celtic players are punching the air, celebrating the 36th time they have won the trophy, while their Hibs counterparts look understandably glum.

  114. 1653: 

    Celtic change out of their black away strips to put on their hooped jerseys for the cup presentation.

  115. 1656: 

    Hard luck to Hibs, whose fans stayed in huge numbers at Hampden even when they were three goals down. Had Eoin Doyle's early header gone in the game might have taken a different path but Celtic were just too clinical in front of goal and they squeezed the life out of Hibs at every opportunity.

  116. 1658: 

    Manager Pat Fenlon watches his players collect their runners-up medals. That's 10 Scottish Cup final defeats in a row for Hibs since they last won the cup in 1902.

  117. 1659: 

    Scott Brown leads the Celtic players up the Hampden steps and lifts the trophy to an almighty cheer.

  118. 1659: 

    The Celtic fans roar their approval as each player holds the trophy aloft.

  119. 1700: 

    The loudest cheer is reserved for manager Neil Lennon who descends the stairs and returns the cup to the players.

  120. 1702: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "We played very well today. Hooper and Stokes were outstanding. I am so proud of them - they are a brilliant young team."

  121. 1704: 

    Neil Lennon continued: "I was really nervous today. I had that gut feeling in my stomach all day. I thought we were fantastic. I really wanted to get over the line with this one. We have a special young team. They don't know when they're beaten. They look as fresh as daisies today. Scott Brown was immense. He is so strong, he reads the game so well and his passing is improving every year. It's been a great season... [Will you be here next season?] I'd like to think so."

  122. 1707: 

    Celtic winger James Forrest: "We looked like scoring every time we had an attack."

  123. 1708: 

    Man of the match Anthony Stokes: "The most important thing today was the win. We dominated the game. Hoops is always there - I think 99% of his goals are in that area. The third goal just killed the game. It has been an exceptional season for the team."

  124. 1710: 

    Gary Hooper tells BBC Scotland: "We've won the double and we'll party later. Winning the league is a great feeling but winning a double is amazing. [Asked about his future] It's a holiday first."

  125. 1713: 

    Hibs manager Pat Fenlon tells BBC Scotland: "I thought we did OK today. We came up against a very good side. If Eoin's header had gone in it could have been different. Everybody expects Celtic to win matches. If you score first they can become edgy. The reaction of the fans at the end tells you they know the players gave everything. We've finished higher up the league with 19 points more than last year and we are in Europe. That is progress. Celtic caused us problems with their movement. We contributed to the game. I said to the players they can be proud of their performances. The fans have been magnificent all season. They stayed right to the bitter end."

  126. 1716: 

    Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley: "It's been a fantastic season for us and this just tops it off. The double is a fantastic achievement. It's good for the CV and for the club. It's a fantastic squad and hopefully we can all stay together and go again."

  127. 1717: 

    BBC Scotland's Sportscene is showing pictures of the Celtic players spraying champagne - I doubt it would be cava - around their changing room at Hampden.

  128. 1719: 

    Highlights of the match will be on Sportscene on BBC One Scotland at 22:25 BST this evening, and online too at about 23:30 BST.

  129. 1721: 

    I'm going to sign off now. Thanks once again for your company and your contributions. If you're a Celtic fan, enjoy your evening. If Hibs are your team, then at least you have a European campaign to look forward to. All the best.

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