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Summary

  1. Kris Commons opens the scoring for Celtic
  2. Substitute James Forrest adds a second against ten man United
  3. Sean Dillon red carded for foul on Emilio Izaguirre
  4. James Forrest misses penalty to make it 3-0
  5. Dundee United have first half penalty claim turned down

Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

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Celtic win the League Cup for a 15th time
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Righto. Here's one last look at Celtic with the League Cup from me. You'll be able to see highlights of the game on Sportscene tonight at 22:30 on BBC One Scotland. The BBC Sport website will also provide highlights later on.

All of the action from yesterday's Premiership games will be online in 25 minutes or so.

Thanks for your company and enjoy what's left of the weekend.

So that's one down and two to go as Celtic seek a domestic treble. Dundee United are the opposition again on Wednesday to decide who goes on to face Inverness CT in the last four of the Scottish Cup.

In the Premiership, Ronny Deila's men are three points ahead of Aberdeen and have a game in hand.

Would you bet against a clean sweep?

So let's recap on a thoroughly deserved win for Celtic at Hampden.

Kris Commons slammed in the opening goal after his initial shot had been saved. United were down to 10 men at the time, with Sean Dillon having a gash on his shin attended to. Dillon would leave the pitch in the second half as well after picking up a red card for a crazy, studs-up challenge and from that point there was no way back for the underdogs.

James Forrest made sure with a composed finish then blotted his copybook with a dreadful penalty miss but I don't suppose too many Celtic fans will be upset about that.

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There was a wee bit of spill-over from that late penalty miss from James Forrest. John Guidetti was still having a bit of sulk at full-time, thinking he should have taken it but he soon snapped out of it once the old bouncy routine started with the trophy.

That's five different winners in five years for this tournament, and Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon did not concede a single goal along the way.

The Celtic players' celebrations will probably not be too raucous since these teams meet again on Wednesday for a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay. I'm sure the supporters will indulge in a good old party though.

United boss Jackie McNamara must lift his side for that one and another trip to Celtic Park on league duty at the weekend.

Spare a thought for Dundee United, who have lost back-to-back finals - and it's worth mentioning that Radoslaw Cierzniak has saved three of the four penalties he has faced this season.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

Celtic manager Ronny Deila
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"It's a great feeling, it was a good game against a good side but we were disciplined and created the chances to win.

"It means a lot and hopefully this is just the start."

When asked about the prospect of landing the domestic treble in his first season, he tells BBC Scotland: "That's the dream."

UP FOR THE CUP!

Celtic collect the League Cup
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The green and white tickertape flutters down as legendary crooner Rod Stewart keeps his shades on to hand the League Cup trophy to Celtic skipper Scott Brown.

The Dundee United players waste no time collecting their runners-up medals, with Celtic anxiously waiting to climb the Hampden stairs.

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara

"When you compare the two penalty incidents, I don't think there is much difference. What we want is consistency from the officials. Our passing and decision-making let us down a bit but it's always hard playing with 10 men."

Celtic midfielder Kris Commons on BBC Radio Scotland

"This is one of three we want this year and it's another box ticked.

"It's a special moment for me, the first time I've won this trophy.

"They had nothing to lose, they tried to create chances, but I never thought we were in trouble

"I'm sick of being on bench or not involved when penalties are being taken. I'll be taking the next one!"

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen is named man-of-the-match and he's all business, telling BBC Scotland: "This is the first one, the treble is on."

FULL-TIME

Dundee United 0-2 Celtic

It's a first trophy for manager Ronny Deila as Celtic collect the League Cup for the 15th time. Kris Commons and James Forrest got the goals against 10-man Dundee United.

Henri Anier breaks on to a Chris Erskine pass and cuts the ball back for Jaroslaw Fojut, who is now playing up top but the Dundee United defender's effort is blocked.

We're into stoppage-time now and the Celtic scarves are aloft in a noisy pre-final-whistle sing-song.

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Stephen Hay on Twitter: "Arguing over a PK just adds pressure. Very poor. #bbcscotfootball"

I'm pretty sure James Forrest will be at the back of the queue the next time Celtic win a penalty. Although at 2-0 up against 10 men in the last five minutes, it probably won't be a costly miss.

MISSED PENALTY

After a wee debate with John Guidetti over who should take the spot-kick, James Forrest sends a dreadful effort down the middle and Radoslaw Cierzniak blocks - the substitute is after the rebound but can't force it on target under pressure from a cluster of men in tangerine.

PENALTY

Dundee United are unravelling now as Paul Dixon clambers all over the back of James Forrest.

SUBSTITUTION

Celtic make their final change, with Liam Henderson joining the fun and Nir Bitton trudging off.

Chris Erskine tries his luck for United but cannot find the target with his shot.

GOAL

Dundee United 0-2 Celtic (Forrest)

Celtic have one hand firmly on the cup now as United are exposed by a swift attack. Callum Morris makes a great sliding challenge on John Guidetti then Stefan Johansen's follow-up is blocked before James Forrest picks his spot with a calm finish from 18 yards.

Dundee United win a corner. They need to make the most of these opportunities. goalkeeper Craig Gordon does well to get a paw on the ball in a congested penalty area and Celtic clear their lines.

Richard Wilson, BBC Scotland at Hampden

"Celtic's periods of dominance are now only sporadically interrupted by United counter attacks. The substitute Henri Anier has pace, but no ability to hold up the ball and allow play to build around him. At this stage, and with United beginning to tire, the expectation is of a second Celtic goal."

SUBSTITUTION

Dundee United brought on Chris Erskine a few minutes ago, with midfield scrapper Paul Paton withdrawn.

Virgil van Dijk again causes problems for the United defence, getting on the end of Stefan Johansen's corner but Callum Morris is strong in the challenge and the ball drifts wide.

Celtic keep coming and a nice dummy from John Guidetti creates space for Anthony Stokes to run into but the forward is wayward with his shot from 20 yards.

We're at 70 minutes now and Dundee United are hanging on at 1-0 down. It should really be 2-0 as Virgil van Dijk flashes a header over from six yards, Stefan Johansen having provided the cross.

SUBSTITUTIONS

A double change from Celtic as Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons make way for John Guidetti and James Forrest.

CLOSE!

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths whips in a demonic cross from the left and Stefan Johansen gets in front of his man at the near post but his close-range touch takes a lick of paint off the woodwork.

Striker Leigh Griffiths collects a lovely pass from Stefan Johansen but his touch his heavy and a good chance for Celtic to double their lead disappears.

Remember, it was nine v 10 last weekend with these two and United held on for a draw. They did, however, score first on that occasion.

SUBSTITUTION

Depleted Dundee United make a change up top as Henri Anier replaces Mario Bilate.

YELLOW CARD

Tempers are fraying as Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton is cautioned for catching the ankle of Efe Ambrose with a late lunge.

RED CARD

Sean Dillon is sent off by referee Bobby Madden
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Uphill. Task. Dundee United are down to 10 men as skipper Sean Dillon hammers into Emilio Izaguirre with his studs up. A textbook reckless challenge...

Dundee United striker Mario Bilate was quiet in the opening 45 minutes but he's started the second half in lively fashion as he outmuscles Jason Denayer on the break. He has to cut back to avoid Virgil van Dijk though and his deflected shot is well handled by Craig Gordon.

Richard Wilson, BBC Scotland at Hampden

"Celtic's one-goal advantage provides them with control of the match as well as the scoreline. United need to be more progressive and creative if they are to find the means to equalise, and that will leave space for Celtic to attack into. United also need more involvement from Bilate, while Johansen remains Celtic's beat source of craft and guile."

Anthony Stokes slips behind the Dundee United defence to poke the ball across goal and a diving Leigh Griffiths is inches away from connecting with his head.