Hibernian 2-4 Celtic - how the players rated at Hampden

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Celtic survived a scare against Hibernian but still take their place in the cup final

Holders Celtic cruised into the Scottish League Cup final courtesy of a 4-2 win over Hibernian at Hampden on Saturday.

Defender Mikael Lustig bagged a double and substitute Moussa Dembele repeated that feat as Celtic stretched their unbeaten domestic run to 60 matches.

Anthony Stokes penalty for Hibs had made it 2-1 and Oliver Shaw's goal got the Edinburgh side back into it at 3-2.

Here, former Scotland striker Steven Thompson, who won the League Cup while with Rangers, rates how the players shaped up at the national stadium.


Ross Laidlaw (goalkeeper) 4

Ross Laidlaw

The keeper was at fault for Celtic's second goal and their fourth, mistakes you simply cannot afford to make in games of this magnitude.

David Gray (right-back) 4

David Gray

He lost his runner, Mikael Lustig, at the crucial second goal. I'd expect a lot better from a player of his experience.

Efe Ambrose (centre-back) 7

Like his central-defensive partner, Paul Hanlon, he had a solid game. His distribution at times was very good.

Paul Hanlon (centre-back) 7

Paul Hanlon

Defended well throughout the match until Hibernian were stretched towards the end as they went in search of goals.

Lewis Stevenson (left-back) 6

Lewis Stevenson

Did well in his battle against Celtic winger Patrick Roberts, snuffing out the on-loan Manchester City man's undoubted threat, without getting forward as much as he can do.

Marvin Bartley (centre midfield) 5

Sacrificed at half time as his manager tinkered with the shape, hadn't made much of an impact on the game.

John McGinn (centre midfield) 7

John McGinn

Grew in stature as the game went on and played some wonderful passes in the second half, getting through the Celtic lines.

Dylan McGeouch (centre midfield) 7

Dylan McGeouch

Looked very comfortable on the ball and was involved in the second goal. Hardly gave the ball away all game.

Vykintas Slivka (wing) 6

Looked better when he took up a more central position in the second half, should have scored from Steven Whittaker's cross.

Brandon Barker (wing) 6

Brandon Barker

The on-loan Manchester City man has amazing pace and is very direct, but he didn't offer the threat his ability suggests he is capable of.

Anthony Stokes (striker) 6

Anthony Stokes

Frustrating afternoon for the former Celtic striker. He was isolated in the first half but took his penalty well to get Hibs back in it.


Martin Boyle (replaced Bartley after 45 minutes) 6

Martin Boyle

Had an impact by wining the penalty and was a threat down the wing thanks to his pace.

Steven Whittaker (replaced Gray after 45 minutes) 7

Steven Whittaker

Really effective after coming on. He provided a brilliant cross for Slivka's chance and played a delightful pass for Oliver Shaw to score.

Oliver Shaw (replaced Slivka after 69 minutes) 7

Oliver Shaw scores

Young man timed his run to perfection for his goal and showed great composure when the ball reached him. A day he'll never forget despite the result.


Craig Gordon (goalkeeper) 6

Craig Gordon

The keeper made a few stray passes in the second half but he could do nothing with the goals and was largely untested.

Mikael Lustig (right-back) 7

Mikael Lustig

The Swede showed great opportunism in the opposition box to get his two goals, and also handled Barker's pace well at the other end.

Nir Bitton (centre-back) 7

It was largely a comfortable afternoon for both centre-halves. The Israeli was rarely tested and looked composed throughout.

Dedryck Boyata (centre-back) 7

Dedryck Boyata

Wrongly adjudged to have brought down Boyle for Hibs' penalty. Other than that it was a commanding display from the big Belgian.

Kieran Tierney (left-back) 7

Kieran Tierney

Reasonably quiet by his own high standards but made some strong runs late in the game, showing his superb fitness levels.

Scott Brown (centre midfield) 7

Scott Brown

Quietly effective display from the captain in Celtic's engine room.

Callum McGregor (centre midfield) 6

Callum McGregor

Better second half than first and I'm sure he would have been hoping to make a bigger impact on the match.

Stuart Armstrong (centre midfield) 6

Stuart Armstrong

Didn't carry the same goal threat as he usually does, failing to make his usual runs in behind the defence. Seemed to be lacking energy.

Patrick Roberts (wing) 5

He struggled to get past the full back and his final pass and decision making let him down. Not the dynamic winger we know he can be.

Scott Sinclair (wing) 7

Scott Sinclair

He has played much better for the Scottish champions but still carried a threat.

Leigh Griffiths (striker) 6

Leigh Griffiths

Worked really hard as always but with only one goal to his name from his last eight domestic games, Griffiths will be looking over his shoulder at the returning Moussa Dembele.


James Forrest (replaced Roberts after 61 minutes) 6

Should consider himself unlucky not to have started the match ahead of Roberts.

Moussa Dembele (replaced Griffiths after 61 minutes) 7

Moussa Dembele

Looked hungry to stake his claim for a starting berth. He took his two goals well and could have had a third. Looks ready for a starting place.

Tom Rogic (replaced Armstrong after 73 minutes) 6

Surprised he didn't start the match but was maybe being kept fresh for the Aberdeen game.

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