Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Scottish Cup fourth round: Stranraer 0-3 Celtic

Celtic's two strikers delivered the goals that knocked Stranraer out of the Scottish Cup in a composed display.

Leigh Griffiths struck once in each half, and almost scored a third with a remarkable volley.

Carlton Cole headed his first goal for Celtic in between, as the duo showed signs of a developing partnership.

Stranraer worked hard, but made little headway in front of goal as the gulf between the League One side and the Premiership champions was laid bare.

Ronny Deila's team selection set the tone for Celtic's display. There was no sense of the visitors using the tie as an opportunity to bring fringe players to the fore, and the performance was shaped by its professionalism and attitude.

Leigh Griffiths fires home the opener
Leigh Griffiths fires home the opener

Inevitably, it was Celtic's greater quality that separated the teams. Stranraer were industrious, working tirelessly to close down space. In possession, though, they could not create anything meaningful, whereas Celtic were at their most alert in the final third.

Although Cole was occasionally sluggish in his movement, his power and wiliness provided Celtic with a presence to play off up front. Even in a strong wind, and on a bobbly pitch, the visitors took command.

The breakthrough came when Callum McGregor saw the opportunity to slip Griffiths through, and the weight of his pass was perfect. The striker weighed up his options and expertly placed a shot beyond Max Currie.

The teenage Stranraer goalkeeper was helpless on that occasion, but he was impressively resolute moments later as he saved twice from Griffiths in a matter of seconds. Celtic's intent was evident, and there was reward for that endeavour before half-time, when Cole headed Nir Bitton's cross in from close range.

Smoke-bombs thrown by Celtic fans had to be cleared from the pitch before kick-off
Smoke-bombs thrown by Celtic fans had to be cleared from the pitch before kick-off

There was less coherence to Celtic's attacking play after the break, which allowed Stranraer a sense that the game was not over as a contest. Even so, Currie had to be alert. A jinking run by Stefan Johansen ended with his shot being cleared off the line by Scott Robertson, then Cole's overhead kick was held in a diving save by Currie.

As if not wanting to be outdone by his strike partner, Griffiths unleashed an outstanding acrobatic volley, flipping in mid air to send the ball over his shoulder and on target, but Currie tipped his effort over the bar.

Stranraer remained subdued as an attacking force, although Craig Malcolm's header from inside the six-yard box forced the Celtic goalkeeper Logan Bailly to dive on the ball. In contrast, when Griffiths was sent through by an excellent Scott Allan pass, the striker finished decisively.

Celtic will be satisfied with this display, but the behaviour of some away fans - smoke-bombs were evident before and during the game - will have caused them some dismay.

Line-ups

Stranraer

  • 13Currie
  • 15Dick
  • 8Bell
  • 24Rumsby
  • 4Pettigrew
  • 11McCloskeySubstituted forGibsonat 61'minutes
  • 7Cairney
  • 2Robertson
  • 20McGuiganSubstituted forStirlingat 61'minutes
  • 9Malcolm
  • 14LongworthSubstituted forThomsonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 5Barron
  • 10Stirling
  • 12Gibson
  • 16Turner
  • 23Thomson
  • 25Nequecaur

Celtic

  • 26Bailly
  • 63TierneySubstituted forBlackettat 77'minutes
  • 5Simunovic
  • 4Ambrose
  • 23Lustig
  • 42McGregor
  • 25Johansen
  • 6Bitton
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forRogicat 74'minutes
  • 9Griffiths
  • 24ColeSubstituted forAllanat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Blackett
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 18Rogic
  • 19Allan
  • 34O'Connell
  • 38Fasan
  • 49Forrest
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
4,051

Match Stats

Home TeamStranraerAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home2
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away12
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Stranraer 0, Celtic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stranraer 0, Celtic 3.

Attempt missed. Scott Allan (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Max Currie.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Stranraer 0, Celtic 3. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Allan.

Foul by Liam Dick (Stranraer).

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Scott Allan (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Steven Bell.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Stranraer. Ryan Thomson replaces Jamie Longworth.

Attempt saved. Jamie Longworth (Stranraer) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Stranraer. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tyler Blackett replaces Kieran Tierney.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Kris Commons.

William Gibson (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Allan replaces Carlton Cole.

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Max Currie.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Paul Cairney (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Stranraer. William Gibson replaces Sam McCloskey.

Substitution

Substitution, Stranraer. Andy Stirling replaces Mark McGuigan.

Foul by Scott Robertson (Stranraer).

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Carlton Cole (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Steven Bell (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Stranraer 0, Celtic 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Stranraer 0, Celtic 2.

Goal!

Goal! Stranraer 0, Celtic 2. Carlton Cole (Celtic) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nir Bitton.

Attempt saved. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Scott Robertson (Stranraer) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carlton Cole (Celtic).

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