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Summary

  1. FT: Celtic 4-0 Rangers - Rogic, McGregor, Dembele pen, Ntcham pen
  2. McCrorie sent off after bringing down Dembele for third
  3. Rogic slots opener; McGregor punishes Martin mistake for second
  4. Celtic face Motherwell in final on 19 May

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By Thomas McGuigan

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

FT: Celtic 4-0 Rangers

So, Celtic book their place in the Scottish Cup final and a meeting with Motherwell after Brendan Rodgers' side proved too strong for 10-man Rangers at Hampden.

Highlights of today's semi-final will be on Sportscene tonight, on BBC One Scotland at 22:30.

We'll have highlights on our site after that programme and further reaction from Hampden in due course.

Here is a link to Martin Dowden's match report from the national stadium.

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Celtic celebrate their Scottish Cup semi-final victory
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Celtic will play Motherwell in next month's Scottish Cup final

Rangers 'not worthy of getting anything'

FT: Celtic 4-0 Rangers

More from Rangers manager Graeme Murty, who has been speaking to the rest of the media after his side's limp performance.

"There are lots of things to look at," he said. "In the raw emotion of it now, we didn't put them under enough pressure; we allowed them to play far too easily. All four goals were easily avoidable through just basic, good defending.

"Then in the second half, we gave them a penalty and a sending-off which makes their job far, far easier.

"We were just passive. I don't know why. I asked them to get into a shape and a structure in order to go and press. But when it comes to one against one, you have to actually go and get up closer to your opponent than we did in the first period.

"We had really good opportunities to claw something back from the game and we haven't managed to do it. I said we had to be clinical in both boxes but I don't think we managed to do that at all.

"Craig [Gordon] made a couple of good saves but we should be scoring at least one. We were not worthy of getting anything from the game today."

'The supporters were incredible for us' - Rodgers

FT: Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: “I was very proud of the team. It was always going to be a difficult game. There’s always that edge but I thought we controlled it well in the first half. They looked like they were trying to block the middle but that gave us space down the side.

“From the first goal we had really good control throughout the game.

“The middle of the park was closed up, Rangers had gone with three flat midfield players. The possibilities are on the outside and we worked that well.

“That’s something I have said to them. I’m always looking to push them, but they bring the real edge to it. They have inspired the supporters in my time here. We have a way of playing that we know can win games.

"The supporters were incredible for us and can look forward to the 19th of May.

“Tom Rogic shows his strength and skill to finish, he was very good. He scores big goals in big games.

“The important thing now is to close up the league. The final will be a tough game, you saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers: "The supporters were incredible for us"

Frustrated Murty quiet on his future

FT: Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Speaking to Sky Sports, Rangers manager Graeme Murty: "I’m frustrated, I didn’t think we turned up in the first half. The sending off changed the nature of what we wanted to do second half.

“We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle.

“I will look at myself and learn from it. It’s too raw right now, all that will happen now is conflict.

“Andy [Halliday] was frustrated, he’s been taken off before half time. I’ll speak to him during the week.

Rangers boss Graeme Murty
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Graeme Murty: "I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me"

“I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

"I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me."

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Andy: Rangers are a shambles from the manager's office all the way down.

Alan: Rangers will finish 4th [in the league] on that showing.

Kim: Amazing result, well done you Bhoys!

Rangers won't be cheering tonight - Brown

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, speaking on Sky Sports, rubbed some salt in the wound by referring to reports the Rangers players cheered when they were drawn against Celtic.

He said: "They can cheer as much as they want, I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight.

“We knew from start to finish we were going to dominate the game. We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it."

And two-goal hero Moussa Dembele added: "We knew if we play at our level we’re the best team in the country and we showed that again today."

Celtic captain Scott Brown celebrates with his team-mates
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Too much to bear

FT: Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Hampden

The scoreline says it all and it could have been more.

This was an absolute canter for Celtic who were light years ahead of their Glasgow rivals on this occasion.

On this evidence any suggestion that the gap has closed has to be extinguished.

Rangers got it all wrong today. It was a painful, painful afternoon for their supporters in stark contrast to those wearing green and white.

Yet again, Brendan Rodgers’ side has delivered when it mattered.

Celtic celebrate Moussa Dembele's goal
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Rangers never gave themselves a chance

Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

It's becoming too easy. From a Rangers perspective it's far too easy for Celtic. The way they approached the game, they never gave themselves an iota of a chance of winning. Celtic passed the ball really well and could have scored more goals, a load more goals.

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David McCartney: At least Motherwell will give Celtic a game in the final that was like a training session. Very poor show from Rangers.

Paul Smith: Training session for Celtic

Celtic target further silverware

FT: Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Celtic are through to their 56th Scottish Cup final. They have won 37 of the previous 55, the latest being last year's 2-1 triumph over Aberdeen.

Will captain Scott Brown be lifting the trophy again on 19 May? Only Motherwell can stop the 'double Treble' now, with Celtic within three points of a seventh consecutive league title.

Captain Scott Brown lifts the Scottish Cup as Celtic celebrate after their 2017 final win over Aberdeen
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Will Celtic captain Scott Brown be lifting the Scottish Cup for the second successive year?

FULL-TIME Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Stats from Hampden
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King didn't help Murty

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Billy Dodds

Former Rangers striker on Sportsound

I don't think the chairman [Dave King's] statement helped Graeme Murty. They should have waited until after the semi-final, but it's done now.

ADDED TIME

Three minutes of added time at Hampden. Bruno Alves is back on after receiving treatment.

Alves struggling

Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Rangers substitute Bruno Alves is down nursing what looks like a leg injury. The Portuguese is limping to the sidelines...

CLOSE!

Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Callum McGregor, from a Kieran Tierney cutback, sends a shot narrowly over the bar as he looks for his second and Celtic's fifth goal of the day.

Clean sheet aim

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Craig Gordon has made three great saves and he will be desperate to keep a clean sheet in the last few minutes.

Roberts trickery

Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Patrick Roberts twists and turns as he tries to evade a couple of Rangers defenders but concedes a throw-in. Many of the Rangers supporters are heading for the exits as we approach the final five minutes.

Rangers stunned

Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Rangers manager Graeme Murty, from his technical area, looks down at the Hampden turf. He, like the Rangers supporters in the stands, looks stunned.

Celtic change

Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Leigh Griffiths comes on for Moussa Dembele for the final 10 minutes against 10-man Rangers.

Cruise control for Celtic

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Billy Dodds

Former Rangers striker on Sportsound

Celtic have lifted their performance levels and have played to their capabilities. They have cruised this semi-final.

GOAL Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Olivier Ntcham

It's a fourth for Celtic as Moussa Dembele passes penalty duties to Olivier Ntcham, who fires home from the spot.

PENALTY FOR CELTIC

Rangers substitute Jason Holt fouls Patrick Roberts in the box and it's a second penalty for Celtic.

Sinclair misses out

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Scott Sinclair stretches Rangers down the left flank but the winger's cross is behind Moussa Dembele and Rangers are able to repel the danger.

Rangers' struggles continue

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Josh Windass speeds down the right for Rangers, closely followed by Callum McGregor. The latter gets a challenge in and the final touch comes off Windass for a Celtic throw.

10 undefeated for Rodgers v Rangers?

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had won seven and drawn two of his nine previous meetings with Rangers since taking over in the East End of Glasgow.

With three more goals so far in the 10th, his side have now scored 24 to Rangers' six in their contests over this season and last.

Brendan Rodgers celebrates Celtic's opener against Rangers
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Brendan Rodgers has not lost in his previous nine matches against Rangers

Changes for both sides

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

A third and final Rangers change as Jason Holt replaces Graham Dorrans.

Patrick Roberts comes on for Celtic, with James Forrest making way.

Celtic supremacy

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

With a little over 20 minutes remaining, there's a bit of a lull in this pulsating cup tie. Following the blizzard of Alfredo Morelos chances, Celtic are once again enjoying the lion's share of possession without threatening Wes Foderingham's goal.

'Rangers have had chances' - Bonner

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Celtic will want to score more goals but first and foremost they will want to get back to dominating the ball. Rangers have had chances in the last 10 minutes.

Tempers fray at Hampden...

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Angry scenes as players from both sides clash following a locking of horns between Kieran Tierney and Alfredo Morelos. The Colombian is booked; as his team-mate Graham Dorrans for an earlier fresh-air swipe at Callum McGregor.

Celtic captain Scott Brown is also booked as referee Bobby Madden's pen does a bit of overtime.

Derby destruction

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Martin Dowden

BBC Sport Scotland at Hampden

How bad is this going to get for Rangers?

Even Craig Gordon is getting in on the act with three superb saves to the delight of the Celtic support.

This might end up a horror story if it isn’t already.

Celtic are undoubtedly heading to the final and could not have hoped for a better showing on the way.

This is a reminder for Rangers just how much work is required to bridge the gap.

The Ibrox side have been utterly exposed.

Celtic change

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

James Forrest drags an effort wide as Celtic look for a fourth goal of this Scottish Cup semi-final.

Tom Rogic's afternoon's work is done. The Australian is replaced by Scott Sinclair as Brendan Rodgers freshens up his side.

What a miss...

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

That's an incredible miss from Morelos, although Celtic are creating their own problems. They should've defended the cross better. Slackness is the only thing that's going to cost Celtic goals in this game.

CLOSE!

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Incredible scenes. Craig Gordon denies Alfredo Morelos for a third time after Mikael Lustig's It's A Knockout-style sclaffed comedy clearance comes back off the bar and into the Colombian's path.

Morelos appeared slow to react and will be disappointed he didn't bury that chance. The Celtic keeper is proving the scourge of the Rangers striker.

Gordon so vital

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

An incredible save. That's why he's in the team. Great header from Morelos but Gordon does so well.

GREAT SAVE!

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Craig Gordon denies Alfredo Morelos with two incredible saves. The Colombian, who has yet to score in an Old Firm derby, has his head in his hands.

The Celtic goalkeeper thwarts 10-man Rangers and the chance to reduce the deficit.

Cheeky finish from Frenchman

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

It's a critical goal and what a cheeky little chip to finish from Dembele. He almost strolled up to the ball, let Foderingham make his move and then he goes.

Another Rangers change

Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Rangers make their second substitution as Bruno Alves replaces Daniel Candeias.

GOAL Celtic 3-0 Rangers

Moussa Dembele

It's three for Celtic as Moussa Dembele dinks home from the spot, sending Wes Foderingham the wrong way for his seventh goal in nine games against Rangers.

RED CARD Rangers defender Ross McCrorie

Rangers are reduced to 10 men as Ross McCrorie pulls down Moussa Dembele and concedes a penalty.

Referee Bobby Madden gives the defender his marching orders; Dembele will take the penalty.

YELLOW CARD

Celtic 2-0 Rangers

Midfielder Greg Docherty earns an early Rangers corner in front of their supporters. Daniel Candeias whips the ball in but Celtic clear.

Docherty is then booked for pulling back Callum McGregor and stopping a Celtic counter attack in its tracks.