Scottish Cup - Semi-Final
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Celtic 2-0 Rangers

Celtic beat Rangers at Hampden to set up a Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen and the chance to complete a domestic treble.

Callum McGregor's superbly placed finish put the Premiership champions ahead during a dominant first half from Brendan Rodgers' side.

Scott Sinclair squeezed in a penalty after Rangers' James Tavernier had fouled Leigh Griffiths.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon twice denied Kenny Miller in Rangers' best attacks.

But the Ibrox side could not prevent the first defeat of Pedro Caixinha's reign as manager and must now focus on securing European qualification through the league.

Celtic have already won that tournament and the League Cup and will face the Dons back at the national stadium on 27 May - the second Aberdeen-Celtic cup final this season - hoping to complete the domestic clean sweep for the first time since 2001.

Scott Sinclair scores a penalty
Sinclair's penalty put the seal on Celtic's win

This was a difficult day for Rangers, but one can only speculate as to how much sorer it might have been had Andy Halliday been sent off after lunging in on Patrick Roberts early on. The Rangers midfielder took Roberts out and was fortunate to see yellow instead of red.

Quickly, Celtic took hold of things and their greater intensity, accuracy and quality paid off with the opener. Mikael Lustig hit a long ball over Danny Wilson's head and into Moussa Dembele, who took it down, looked around him and saw McGregor steaming forward untracked.

The Frenchman played it to McGregor, who stroked it coolly into the corner of Wes Foderingham's net.

Celtic were dominant but their mission was not helped when they lost Dembele to a hamstring injury just before the half-hour. Griffiths came on.

Rangers had been fortunate to escape a dismissal earlier with Halliday and were lucky again when Myles Beerman, already on a yellow for fouling Roberts, impeded him again a minute later.

Beerman survived, but it was not long before Rangers' hopes of a cup final appearance were extinguished.

Caixinha made two substitutions at the break - Joe Dodoo coming on for the peripheral Joe Garner and Barrie McKay replacing Halliday - but no sooner had those changes bedded in than Celtic hit their opponents on the counter-attack and smoothed their passage to the final.

It was Dedryck Boyata who broke up a Rangers attack and got his team on the front foot. Roberts took it on and put Griffiths into the box, where he was taken down by Tavernier. The spot-kick from Sinclair found the target via Foderingham's diving hands and then the inside of his right-hand post.

There could have been more. Foderingham tipped over Griffiths' shot, Boyata headed over and Roberts had one saved. Celtic then lost their edge and Rangers got on top and started creating chances - good ones.

Kenny Miller
Miller had a frustrating day at the national stadium

Just after the hour, Miller had a close-range header saved by Gordon. The striker might have done a whole lot better.

Then, with 10 minutes left, he had another opportunity - a point-blank shot kicked away by Gordon. Again, it was the type of opening that Rangers had to convert.

Martyn Waghorn headed over from a good position, Dodoo forced a diving save from Gordon and, at the other end, McGregor's replacement Tom Rogic hit a post for Celtic.

Those late chances will give Rangers hope for their Old Firm league meeting at Ibrox on Saturday - but Celtic's victory was well earned and their treble dream remains very firmly on track.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 20Boyata
  • 5SimunovicBooked at 78mins
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 42McGregorSubstituted forRogicat 75'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 27RobertsSubstituted forForrestat 82'minutes
  • 14Armstrong
  • 11Sinclair
  • 10DembeleSubstituted forGriffithsat 34'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Griffiths
  • 12Gamboa
  • 18Rogic
  • 26Bailly
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 49Forrest
  • 88Kouassi

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2TavernierBooked at 50mins
  • 6Wilson
  • 27Bates
  • 61BeermanBooked at 36mins
  • 20HyndmanSubstituted forWindassat 70'minutes
  • 23Holt
  • 16HallidayBooked at 4minsSubstituted forMcKayat 45'minutes
  • 7GarnerSubstituted forDodooat 45'minutes
  • 9Miller
  • 33Waghorn

Substitutes

  • 3Hill
  • 8Toral
  • 10McKay
  • 11Windass
  • 14Dodoo
  • 17Hodson
  • 25Alnwick
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
49,645

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 2, Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Rangers 0.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

Attempt saved. Joseph Dodoo (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Windass (Rangers).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Myles Beerman.

Booking

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tomas Rogic (Celtic).

Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Dedryck Boyata.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Patrick Roberts.

Danny Wilson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Attempt saved. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jozo Simunovic (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Kenny Miller (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Windass (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Callum McGregor.

Foul by Scott Sinclair (Celtic).

Jason Holt (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Josh Windass replaces Emerson Hyndman.

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Bates (Rangers).

Foul by Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

James Tavernier (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jozo Simunovic (Celtic).

Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Kenny Miller (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Dodoo (Rangers).

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

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