Scottish League Cup - Final
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Scottish League Cup final: Aberdeen 0-3 Celtic

By Tom EnglishBBC Scotland at Hampden Park
Celtic captain Scott Brown lifts the Scottish League Cup
Captain Scott Brown lifted the League Cup for Celtic

Celtic eased aside Aberdeen to lift the Scottish League Cup for the 16th time and secure their 100th major trophy - the first of the Brendan Rodgers era.

Tom Rogic's precise drive into the far corner - his third goal against the Dons this season - put the Premiership leaders in front on 16 minutes.

Fellow midfielder James Forrest made it 2-0 with an almost identical strike eight minutes before the break.

The Dons threatened only briefly before Moussa Dembele's second-half penalty.

Celtic showed no ill-effects from their midweek Champions League defeat by Barcelona as they remained unbeaten domestically this season and secured a 10th straight domestic victory.

Aberdeen's fourth defeat in a row by their opponents - their third this season - denied Derek McInnes his second League Cup triumph as manager.

Rogic the man again

Tom Rogic fires Celtic ahead
Tom Rogic put Celtic into an early lead at Hampden

Celtic were looking dangerous even before they scored, Dembele's header forcing a save from Joe Lewis.

It was Rogic who unlocked this final, though. Having scored in Celtic's 4-1 win over the Dons at Pittodrie earlier in the season, and also scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory at Parkhead, the Australian delivered once more.

It had much to do with Aberdeen's incredible inability to deny Celtic space. It was a curse that blighted them all day. They were easy meat far too often.

For the opener, Jozo Simunovic stepped forward into attack, slid a pass to Rogic, who had time to take a look, take aim and fire past Lewis.

Dons blow their chance

Aberdeen's players look despondent
Aberdeen looked overawed as Celtic won at a canter

Teams tend to live off scraps against Celtic in domestic competition, so when an opponent gets a chance, they had better take it. Aberdeen did not.

Trailing 1-0, Andrew Considine had a close-range header he had to score from. Instead, he directed his effort too close to Craig Gordon and the goalkeeper beat it away.

Celtic kicked on, owning large amounts of possession and threatening to exploit all the freedom Aberdeen were giving them. Scott Brown had the run of midfield, Rogic was excellent, Forrest was lively.

It was the latter who doubled the lead, and again it was a catastrophe for underdogs.

The goal had its origins deep inside Celtic's own half, near the right-hand corner. When Forrest took possession, he was still inside the centre circle.

He ran and ran. Aberdeen had enough bodies to deal with him but none of them took any kind of responsibility, as if transfixed by his oncoming presence.

Forrest got close enough to goal and whipped his shot across Lewis and into the corner of his net. A gorgeous finish.

Winning with style

Celtic's Tom Rogic and James Forrest celebrate
Tom Rogic and James Forrest scored Celtic's first two goals

Aberdeen had a bit more intensity at the start of the second half, but they fell further behind just after the hour when Anthony O'Connor took down Forrest and Dembele sent Lewis the wrong way from the penalty spot.

It was a rout now, on the pitch and in the stands, where Celtic's supporters lorded it and acclaimed their cup winners in song.

Forrest, who was excellent, teed up Stuart Armstrong late on for what should have been a fourth, but the midfielder pulled it wide.

The Dons were lucky it was only three, but three was more than enough.

Rodgers didn't just win his first trophy as Celtic manager, he won it in a canter against a team sitting third in the Premiership that were overrun, and overawed, almost from the first whistle.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 15O'ConnorSubstituted forStockleyat 65'minutes
  • 4Considine
  • 22Jack
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11HayesSubstituted forMcGinnat 71'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 23Maddison
  • 9RooneySubstituted forBurnsat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Burns
  • 10McGinn
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Stockley
  • 25Alexander
  • 39Storey

Celtic

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 5Simunovic
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 8BrownBooked at 48mins
  • 14Armstrong
  • 27RobertsSubstituted forBittonat 65'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 18RogicSubstituted forMcGregorat 77'minutes
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forGriffithsat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Dembele

Substitutes

  • 2K Touré
  • 6Bitton
  • 9Griffiths
  • 12Gamboa
  • 16Mackay-Steven
  • 24de Vries
  • 42McGregor
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
49,629

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 0, Celtic 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Celtic 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Wes Burns (Aberdeen).

  4. Post update

    Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces James Forrest.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Maddison (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match James Maddison (Aberdeen) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

  12. Post update

    James Maddison (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Wes Burns replaces Adam Rooney.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces Tomas Rogic.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Booking

    Nir Bitton (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

  18. Post update

    James Maddison (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Niall McGinn replaces Jonny Hayes.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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H

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