What A Season Its Been didn’t think anything could top 2016-17 Invincibles season but this ones been special too ..there’s no doubt who is the most successful club in scotland hands down ,the players the manager have been first class ..we welcome the challenge from aberdeen and hibs next season ..and maybe the wee diddy team from govan …..
DOUBLE TREBLE WINNERS NEVER BEEN DONE TILL BRENDAN RODGERS AND HIS INVINCIBLES RE-WRIT THE FORM BOOK …WELL DONE BHOYS YOU DID US PROUD!
Scottish Cup final Saturday, May 19, 2018 Hampden Park, Glasgow
(McGregor 11, Ntcham 25)
CELTIC sparkled in the Hampden sunshine to sweep aside Motherwell and lift the Scottish Cup for the 38th time, sealing a first ever ‘double treble’ in Scottish football.
One year on from becoming Treble Invincibles in dramatic style at the National Stadium, Brendan Rodgers’ side made history again, with fantastic first-half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham putting the Steelmen to the sword and sealing back-to- back clean sweeps – a truly remarakble achievement.
It was another masterful performance on the big occasion from the seven-in-a-row champions, who dominated from the first whistle and whose grip on the silverware never looked in doubt.And there were memorable scenes after the final whistle as captain Scott Brown, one day before his testimonial match, held the trophy aloft to huge roars, before the manager and players took the salute of the jubilant Hoops faithful.
Craig Gordon returned between the sticks for the Bhoys, with Scott Bain dropping to the bench, in the only change to the team that contested the last league match of the season against Aberdeen.Celtic started brightly in the glorious sun- kissed conditions, and McGregor broke clear inside the opening 30 seconds but he couldn’t pick out any of his team-mates in the middle.And following a lightning counter-attack, instigated by James Forrest, Cedric Kipre had to make a timely interception to prevent Moussa Dembele from reaching Scott Brown’s low centre.Tom Rogic, fresh from signing a new five-year contract with the club, was next to try his luck, drilling wide from distance after receiving McGregor’s pass.
But the champions didn’t have long to wait for the breakthrough – and it arrived in spectacular style. Mikael Lustig’s cross was only cleared by the Motherwell backline as far as McGregor. He controlled the ball and evaded his marker in the same move, before lashing the ball into the corner from 20 yards with his weaker right foot, sending the vast majority of Hampden into ecstasy.With Dembele leading the line brilliantly, and Brown and Ntcham bossing the midfield, the Hoops quickly went in search of further reward.
Dembele couldn’t keep a half-volley down after being found by Tierney, and then the striker turned provider, showing superb strength to hold off two defenders and teeing up Rogic, whose effort was deflected wide.From McGregor’s corner, Dembele also headed over as the Steelmen struggled to stem the Celtic tide.And that was perhaps why Motherwell midfielder Liam Grimshaw restored to halting Rogic in his tracks with a blatant bodycheck, which referee Kevin Clancy deemed only to be a free-kick.
In the 25th minute, however, their resistance was broken again. Dembele was too strong once again for the Fir Park backline, and he laid the ball off to Ntcham, who rifled a shot beyond Trevor Carson into the far corner.Stephen Robinson’s beleaguered side eventually registered their attempt on goal three minutes later, Curtis Main blazing over after being found by Ryan Bowman’s flick.Normal service soon resumed, however, with Tierney – exhibiting his usual passion, drive and determination – and Dembele thwarted by some last-ditch tackles from the Lanarkshire side, following an incisive passing move.
Rogic also shot straight at Carson after Dembele’s effort had been blocked in the box, while several more crosses flashed dangerously across goal. Motherwell were relieved to hear the half-time whistle without receiving further punishment.The Steelmen, as they had to, showed greater attacking impetus following restart, and Craig Gordon was called into action for the first time, pushing over Main’s angled drive. He then made a comfortable catch after Allan Campbell took aim from long range.
But the Celts always looked menacing when they ventured forward, and Forrest was unable to capitalise on a good opening, following a rampaging run from Tierney down the left.Moments later, Dembele looked to have a good penalty shout waved away after being hauled back by Charles Dunne in the box.With Motherwell committing more men forward in a desperate attempt to get back into the game, the chances kept coming for the Hoops, with Ajer, Dembele and Rogic all trying their luck.In the 70th minute, Carson made a stunning double save to push away Dembele’s header and then block the striker’s rebound In the closing stages, substitute Gael Bigirimana almost the Fir Park club a glimmer of hope when his free-kick crashed off the bar but nothing was going to deny the brilliant Bhoys on another special day in the club’s history.
CELTIC (3-4-2-1) Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Ajer (Simunovic 76); Forrest (Sinclair 89), Brown, Ntcham, Tierney; Rogic (Armstrong 72) McGregor; Dembele
Not Used: Bain, Kouassi, , Roberts, Griffiths
MOTHERWELL (3-5-2) Carson; Kipre, Aldred, Dunne; Cadden, Grimshaw, McHugh (Bigirimana 55) Campbell (Frear 79), Tait; Main, Bowman
Not Used: Griffiths, Hartley, Petravicius, Turnbull, Maguire