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Summary

  1. (FT) Celtic 2-0 Rangers
  2. McGregor & Sinclair with goals
  3. Celtic's Dembele picks up injury
  4. Celtic face Aberdeen in final
  5. Celtic retain hopes of domestic treble

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By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

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That's all from me and all the contributors to the live text. Look out for that Sportscene Extra, presented by Jonathan Sutherland, on Facebook at 15:00, plus there will be post-match reaction pieces and highlights on our website in the coming hours. For TV viewers, Sportscene is on BBC Two Scotland from 18:00. Well done to Celtic on their victory; for Rangers there's the chance to gain some revenge by beating their old rivals at Ibrox on Saturday. Thanks very much for your company.  

When will Dembele return?

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Celtic striker Moussa Dembele
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Celtic will be hoping that their top striker Moussa Dembele returns quickly from what appears to be a hamstring pull

Rodgers hails 'outstanding' Celtic

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Radio Scotland: "I thought in general we were outstanding, we started with real good composure, good control, and we were really dominating every aspect of the first-half.

"We then showed the quality of our counterattack with our speed, and we then get the penalty for 2-0. But over the course of the game I thought we were excellent.

"As a whole, the Rangers game is a huge, big-pressure game, and how the players coped with that and the quality they showed was outstanding.

"I’m delighted for them because it was a difficult one for them here 12 months ago [in last year's semi-final loss to Rangers], and the aftermath of that, but they’ve really showed in many big games this season, today included, how they’ve been improving and how they’re working well.

"We’ll get Moussa Dembele scanned; it looks like a hamstring injury. But we had the ideal guy to come on in Leigh Griffiths. He looks like he’ll score in every game he plays, and he made a great run in our counterattack that led to the penalty.

"I'll only talk about what the treble means afterwards, if we do it. It was a target; we’re one game away from a real historic season now, but we’ve still got a few games to play before that.

"We’re playing against a very, very good Aberdeen team with an outstanding manager in Derek McInnes. He’s done an outstanding job and we’ve always had difficult games against them.

"But we prepare ourselves to win, we don’t think about losing and being too disappointed with that, our plan is to win games and we find ways to do that. So that’ll be a really good final, and I’m sure if we can play as well as we did in the League Cup final, or like we did today, it could be a great day for us, but there's a lot of work to do between now and then."

Brendan Rodgers celebrates after Celtic beat Rangers
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A delighted Brendan Rodgers praised his Celtic team for handling the pressure of today's semi-final

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Apart from maybe a 15 min period in the second half I thought @celticfc controlled and looked very comfortable today, #Treble #invincibles

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Rodgers comes out on top

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Managers Pedro Caixinha and Brendan Rodgers
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Pedro Caixinha and Brendan Rodgers spoke briefly at the end of the match, with respect evident between the two

Match highlights

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Highlights of the Old Firm match will be on the BBC Sport website early this evening. You can watch it on BBC Two Scotland's Sportscene from 18:00 BST.

'Everyone's playing for a cup final place now'

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Celtic captain Scott Brown on BBC Radio Scotland: "It was a very professional performance from start to finish.

"We knew the last five, 10 minutes they were going to put a lot of pressure on us but we dealt with that really, really well, and could have scored a couple more goals.

"It’s great pace from Leigh Griffiths for the second goal as well – great ball down the line, wee touch, we got a penalty and sometimes when you’re under the cosh and you’ve got people like Patrick Roberts to control the game and Leigh to run in behind, it’s a phenomenal feeling and a great win for the fans as well.

"People are scared of our counterattack if they press us high up the park, we’ve got a lot of pace and people that can pick passes.

"When you bring on people like Tom Rogic and James Forrest, it shows you what a top-quality bench we have got and everyone’s fighting for a first-team place and it’s the way it should be at Celtic.

"We’ve got five games before the final. Aberdeen have done really well to get to the final; they’re a great team but so are we. If we turn up on the day you know what can happen. It showed today.

"We fancy our chances in every game, but we need to make sure we keep hitting those heights in the next five games. Everyone’s playing for a place in the cup final now."

Scott Brown
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Scott Brown says Scottish Cup final places are at stake in the final five league games of the season

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Rangers winger Barrie McKay and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham
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The body language of Rangers winger Barrie McKay and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham tells its own story

'It's one of the best team performances of the season'

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Celtic goalscorer Scott Sinclair on BBC Radio Scotland: "Everyone’s delighted, it’s one of the best team performances we’ve had all season. We’ve reached the final now, and hopefully we can get the cup.

"Before the game, we said to ourselves if we set out the first 10 minutes at 100%, keep the ball and create chances, there’s no doubt we’ll win the game.

"We didn’t play our best football in the last derby, so today we had to put it right, and we did.

"You guys always talk about [the treble], but we’ve got to keep doing what we’ve been doing, take it every game as it comes, and hopefully we can carry it right on until the end of the season.

"That’s the team belief and the winning mentality the manager has instilled in the players. Every time we step on to the pitch, we give it 100%, no slacking, get results, and keeping winning games.

"It goes right through the squad, even the players coming off the bench, you can see we’re a proper team. It’s great to be a part of.

"It’s always much sweeter to do it against your rivals, but we go into the final now and make sure we do it again."

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Goalscorer Scott Sinclair is eager to keep the Celtic juggernaut rolling towards a treble

Chances give Rangers hope

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Tom English

Chief sports writer, BBC Scotland

Those late chances will give Rangers hope ahead of 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

Read Tom's match report

Celtic celebrate
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Gers haven't fully turned the corner

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

"Rangers Football Club had one corner, I think it was in 61 minutes, in an Old Firm match. That tells you something."

Celtic deserved it - Caixinha

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After the match, Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha told Sky Sports: "It was a flat performance from us.

"The key player in the first half was Scott (Brown). In the second half the key was that we conceded so early.

"They deserved to win."

Within touching distance of the treble

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers is only one match away from becoming just the third manager in Celtic's history - following Jock Stein and Martin O'Neill - to win a domestic treble.

'They didn't look like they knew what they were doing'

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Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd on BBC Radio Scotland: "From a Rangers perspective, there were a lot of them running about not looking like they knew exactly what they were doing.

"There was no structure. The first goal, Andy Halliday runs and takes himself out of position to go and press somebody up the pitch. The ball over the top takes him out of the game, and all of a sudden, Callum McGregor’s running, facing the Rangers defence and taps in.

"The back four, defensively looked like they knew what they were doing because they were there as a back four. But anywhere else, I thought there was a change every couple of minutes – Kenny Miller was on the right, then the left, then Martyn Waghorn was through the middle.

"In a game like this especially, under Walter Smith we always knew exactly we were doing. We were rigid, we were hard to break down, and I don’t really think that was the case today."

Kenny Miller
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It was an afternoon of frustration for Rangers striker Kenny Miller

'Celtic deserve to be in the final'

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BBC Scotland football pundit Willie Miller: "I thought the first half from Rangers was too pedestrian. They made it too easy for Celtic. They allowed Celtic to dominate. They haven't laid a glove on Celtic until the last 20 minutes and by then it was too late. At least they put Celtic under a bit of pressure. Celtic are a fabulous side. Scott Brown bossed throughout in the midfield and that was an area Rangers really disappointed in. At the back, for the first goal the long ball should have been dealt with by the centre-backs. Celtic were by far the better team and deserve to be in the final."

'For three quarters, Celtic were completely dominant'

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

"For about three-quarters of the game, I thought Celtic were in complete control. I thought they moved the ball, passed the ball, the options they had, moving it from back to front – maybe the only criticism was that they didn’t create enough chances in that period. Celtic just made the game look so easy.

"And then somehow Rangers got into the game – whether that was down to Rangers, or to Celtic taking their foot off the gas and getting sloppy, it allowed Rangers to get some really good opportunities."

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William McMillan on Facebook: "Rangers are going to have recruit recruit recruit for next season...really poor display. Dreadful Old Firm game that would put you to sleep for the neutrals. And too much of one sided game from a very World Class deserved Celtic team. Can't see Rangers side improving with a team like that."  

#scottishcupfinal #hampdenpark the #treble is on @celticfc 🍀🍀🍀 twitter.com/bbcsportscot/s…

'Celtic had too many guns'

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Tom English

BBC Scotland's chief sports writer at Hampden Park

"Celtic were very, very good when they needed to be. A fine opening goal, a stonewall penalty, they created a couple of other chances that could’ve been goals.

"There will be some crumbs for Rangers going into the game at weekend that they created chances at the end. If they can learn from the mistakes they made earlier in the match, they might do something at Ibrox.

"They will look at that and think, we can create against this Celtic team, we just need to get it right from the start, and I don’t think their accuracy or intensity was anywhere like what they should have been.

"But then again, they were coming up against a team that are, man for man, much better than they are. And Celtic had too many guns for Rangers."

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@BBCSportScot well played Celtic they controlled the game from the off but that was way too easy , Roberts to stay after that performance

Kris Boyd said pre match that today's winner will lift the cup. twitter.com/bbcsportscot/s…

@BBCSportScot It's all about the CHAMPIONS! @celticfc @Callummcgregor8 @Scotty_Sinclair 💚🍀💚🍀

Hollywood comes to Hampden

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Gerard Butler watches the game
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Hirsute actor and Celtic fan Gerard Butler watches the match at Hampden

A grand day out for Celtic fans

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Celtic fans enjoyed the occasion
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The Celtic fans had plenty to cheer about as their team set up a Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen

FULL-TIME

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A two-goal difference does not quite tell the story of this match. Credit to Rangers for their work rate and organisation but they could not cope with Celtic's superior passing and invention. Though Kenny Miller did get a few shots in at goal, Celtic are worthy winners and their treble dreams are still alive.

Flash Gordon

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Joe Dodoo whisks a shot at the Celtic goal from 22 yards and Craig Gordon has to be lively to palm it away to his left.

'Inches away from three-nil'

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Inches away from making it number three, and that’s Tom Rogic at his best, in that position right at the middle of the box. He blasts it low to Wes Foderingham’s right-hand side, and it could have easily been three.

ADDED TIME

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There are three minutes of injury time. Rangers need a miracle.

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Only Wes Foderingham's right-hand post denies Celtic a third goal at Hampden as the big Australian rattles in a curling drive with his left foot.

What a difference a year makes

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Alasdair Lamont

BBC Sport Scotland

The contrast between this match and last season's Scottish Cup semi-final could not be greater. Last year at this time, Mark Warburton's Rangers side played the better football and emerged deserved winners. This time round, Celtic have been a class above in every department and few would bet against them completing the treble now.

Celtic threaten on the counter

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"I think the last five, six minutes that’s what’s going to happen," predicts former Rangers striker Kris Boyd on BBC Radio Scotland, as Celtic race downfield after robbing the attacking Gers.

"Rangers will push on to try and get back into the game and Celtic will try to hit them on the counterattack."

Wasted chances at both ends

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Rangers are at least troubling the Celtic defence now, Martyn Waghorn's diving header the latest chance. At the other end Celtic had a three-on-two opportunity but squandered it with slack passing.

Straight swap

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It's a switch of wide players by Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers as James Forrest replaces Patrick Roberts.

Chances good omens for Gers?

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"Celtic are getting very, very sloppy, and giving Rangers the ability to get in there," cautions former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner on BBC Radio Scotland, as Kenny Miller is denied by Craig Gordon from close-range. "But that was another critical save from Craig Gordon."

"That’s encouraging for next week's league derby from a Rangers point of view," adds former Rangers striker Kris Boyd.

"For how bad Rangers have been this week, they’ve still had three or four chances at this stage in the game. But it’s come from getting it direct forward and asking a question of Celtic’s back two, and Kenny's the only player that's really had an opportunity today."

PENALTY APPEAL

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Rangers are getting some chances at last and Kenny Miller arrows a shot at goal that rebounds off Craig Gordon and into the crumpled Jozo Simunovic. The ball certainly hits the Celtic defender on the arm but he didn't know much about it, though Miller is furious that he is not awarded a penalty by Willie Collum.

YELLOW CARD

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Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is booked for a bad challenge on Barrie McKay.

Miller misses again

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Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd on BBC Radio Scotland: "Craig Gordon’s in a good position - even if it was on target, I think he was getting back to tip it over the bar.

"You’d fancy Kenny Miller to at least hit the target from there."

CLOSE!

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Kenny Miller goes close for desperate Rangers with a left-footed lob which drifts just over the bar. He had Craig Gordon scrambling back there.

Rodgers shuffles midfield pack

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Celtic's Callum McGregor, who scored with such a nicely controlled shot, is replaced by Tom Rogic for the last quarter of an hour.

'Celtic are taking chances and getting caught on the ball'

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Celtic need to get back to their passing game – they’ve lost it for the last six, seven minutes. They’re taking chances and getting caught on the ball a little bit. Just keep that passing going that they were doing so effectively for most of this game. That’s why they’re in this position at 2-0.

Tavernier's trip

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Leigh Griffiths is taken out of play by James Tavernier
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Leigh Griffiths is taken out of play by James Tavernier and wins a penalty which was dispatched by Scott Sinclair

Rangers look increasingly slack

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Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

I can’t believe what I’m seeing at times in Rangers’ passing. We expect them to work hard, but it’s their quality on the ball they need to improve, which has been very, very poor today.