23/04/2017 Sportscene


23/04/2017

Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's two Scottish Cup semi-finals, as Celtic take on Rangers and Hibernian face Aberdeen.


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In Brandenburg. A raucous atmosphere -- welcome to Hampden Park. The

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second of the Scottish Cup semifinals. Analysis from Steven

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Thompson and Michael Stewart. , J from Willie Miller and Rob Maclean.

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Lustig and Boyata return. Patrick Roberts gets the nod to start ahead

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of James Forrest. Joe Garner comes back, Barry McKay and is John to

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Ralph dropped out. -- Toral. William Collum is in charge. When Pedro

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Caixinha Metz Brendan Rodgers. Celtic two games away from a treble.

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One step closer if they can maintain their upper hand over Rangers. Three

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wins and a draw so far and these two will go head again this weekend --

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next weekend for a sixth time. Bates sees his pass intercepted.

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Immediately, Celtic down the pitch. First corner kick inside the opening

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minute. Scott Sinclair delivers. The header

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from Moussa Dembele bouncing wide of target. A threat immediately from

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the first set piece of the game. A good chance. Should be doing better.

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Totally unmarked. That must be concerning for Rangers.

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A good block from similar pitch -- Jozo Simunovic.

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Long throw possibilities here. Bates and Wilson up for this. Lots of pace

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on that, Waghorn tries again. Celtic breaking with Roberts. He was taken

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out late, Advanta is played. Big opportunity. The shot from Callum

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McGregor was straight at Wes Foderingham. Excellent break and

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excellent -- what they chose, I am surprised. That challenge surely is

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controversial. William Collum has a card in his hand and presumably it

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is heading the way of Andy Halliday. I think he is fortunate it is only a

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yellow, early in the game. A vicious challenge nowhere near the ball. 40

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domestic matches unbeaten for Brendan Rodgers' team. Black

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armbands in memory of Armstrong. Great effort. Curling

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just wide of target. That is the problem is you get a Celtic to

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mushroom and space. Armstrong there. Not too far. Trying to find the far

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corner and it goes past the post. A couple of feet wide from Armstrong,

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wanting it to move more in the air, but had faltering troubled.

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The tactic from Rangers is to stay in the game as long as they possibly

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can. Long ball from Dembele, and Callum McGregor strokes in the

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opening goal of the second semifinal. Brilliant from Moser

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brilliance from Dembele and a clinical finish. Great play was the

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awful defending from Rangers. A long ball over the top. Superb first

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touch. Fantastic second, and what about that for a goal? . Confidence.

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All the composure you would look for in that sort of situation. He passed

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it wide of Wes Foderingham. Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with the

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start. Lovely skill forces in the corner.

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Good work from the right-hand side. Beerman is someone Celtic have to

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test in the early stages of this game. Patrick Roberts has been

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outstanding so far, very direct. That has been a problem for Beerman

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and he has to get closer. Stuart Armstrong with the corner

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kick and Moser Dembele up for the header.

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Robertson in the spotlight, the man who sent off Scott Brown last

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weekend and awarded Ross County a very dubious penalty after the Alex

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Schalk died. -- diving. He may have hurt himself there. He did so well

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to win the corner kick with a clever backheel. That is concerning for

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Celtic. He does not fancy. Does not look as though she will play any

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further part in the game, Moussa Dembele. Leigh Griffiths prepares

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for action as Moussa Dembele ayes action ends with the backheel.

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Sinclair booked in the corner kick. Undeterred by the fact they are down

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to ten men at the moment. Jozo Simunovic rising well for the

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header. He has been getting cold on the

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touchline waiting to come on. He will look to make his impact, having

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had so few chances of late. Brendan Rodgers would have hoped for a

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bigger Advantest and one goal considering the possession.

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I feel Rangers have gone out with that tactic in mind and will have to

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change it at some point. You cannot give the opposition this amount of

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time without putting them under pressure. Even down to ten men...

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That was late by Myles Beerman. Another wild lunge on Celtic pot

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danger man Patrick Roberts. Roberts has been excellent. The boot

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is high. Celtic will fancy another go before the interval.

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Myles Beerman saying there was no contact there. But he is treading a

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dangerous path having been booked a couple of minutes ago. Fortunate, I

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think, the youngster to get away with that. The referee had a...

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Leigh Griffiths looking for an immediate impact as he takes the

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free kick. Punched away by Fotheringham he thinks he can whip

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it into the near post. I thought the Rangers goalkeeper had it well

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covered. Beerman has to get every challenge

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right against Roberts. Top-quality performance from Callum

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McGregor. Kieran Tierney thought about the

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shot. Missed I Roberts. Ran the risk of Sinclair getting a toe on the end

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of this. It is an opportunity but he will be disappointed, Roberts, he

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did not make contact. Onto his left foot but always

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off-balance, Kenny Miller. Never a threat for Craig Gordon. Difficult

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for him even with his attributes. Well over the bar.

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Sardinia is marauding doing well to get their first -- James Tavernier.

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That is the strong part of his game, getting forward. He has done well

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defensively, not been tested to them. As the seconds ticked away,

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Rangers have a late opportunity for an equaliser. The last action of the

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first half. James Tavernier's long throw. A high boot. Only one go for

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Celtic to show for their superiority. They are running the

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show and ahead at half-time by 1-0. Two changes for Rangers. Joe Dodoo

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replacing Joe Garner upfront. And Barry McKay with Andy Halliday left

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indoors. One year ago, Rangers defeated

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Celtic on penalties in the Scottish Cup semifinals. Right now, that

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seems distant. Whatever reaction will Pedro Caixinha get from his

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team after making those two positive changes? A positive start from Kenny

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Miller. Floated in four Joe Dodoo but

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Michael Lustig in the way. Good work. And again, Michael Lustig was

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the barrier. The two why players playing further up the park, Barrie

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McKay setting up James Tavernier. Much more positive from Rangers.

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Long throw from Y con. Miller flicks it back. Bates was there. Boyata get

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it away. Griffis pointing to where he wants it. In he goes, down he

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goes, penalty given. Against James Tavernier and a yellow. Transfer

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Celtic to go two up. A classic counterattack and Leigh Griffiths

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getting there before James Tavernier. No doubt that it is a

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penalty. A little touch from Griffiths, James Tavernier has

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committed himself and William Collum has no option.

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A massive moment and Scott Sinclair. Great effort from Wes Foderingham

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getting his fingertips to it. Of the inside of the post. Rod Stewart

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leads the celebrations, and the 24th of the season for Sinclair. Wes

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Foderingham is so unlucky. His fingertips, almost touching it round

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the post. The inside of the upright and into the back of the net to give

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Celtic their second. There is the lunch from James Tavernier that

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lunge. He does not say no to that kind of opportunity, Scott Sinclair.

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Boyata loses out. Mackay for Miller but immediately the flag went up for

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offside. A painful blow for Rangers because they had started the second

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have so well. But that quick counterattack killed them. Oh, what

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an effort from Leigh Griffiths and another great save from Wes

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Foderingham. A long ball through again. The defence all over the

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place. Great touch from Griffiths, click the. -- fast feet and an

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excellent save. The Celtic fans are in party mood as Sinclair swings it

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in, Jozo Simunovic knocks it down and over the top from Boyata.

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Chances coming quickly as they look to kill the game off. Maybe Brendan

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Rodgers is better pleased with Don Robertson, the official who awarded

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at penalty and gave Ross County the spot kick after Alex Schalk's died

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last week. -- diving for the penalty.

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Left by Griffiths, cut out by Holt. Patrick Roberts, great effort, great

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save. Wes Foderingham denying Celtic at the moment.

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Top-class goalkeeping from Wes Foderingham. Celtic have the

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semifinal in the palm of their hands.

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I'm of the opportunity, Leigh Griffiths, grabbed at the second

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attempt by Wes Foderingham as Sinclair boasting. Opened up

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worryingly from a Rangers point of view as Griffiths cut inside.

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Rangers looking for a way to bring in the semifinal back to life. Let's

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Lustic was looking for it. That is Emerson Hyndman. That is Kenny

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Miller. And that is a Craig Gordon saved, not too many of them in this

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match. A real opportunity for Kenny Miller. Last Mac from cavalier.

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A store in the sunshine for Celtic as it has been all game long pretty

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much, untroubled. As they head for the Scottish Cup

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final. Long ball from James Tavernier, Flint and by Martyn

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Waghorn and too high from Kenny Miller. At old head sees the

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opportunity, looking for the goalkeeper off his line. He tries to

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Chippenham but over it's at. Finding room for the cross, it is

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Kenny Miller. Craig Gordon makes the save. He is screaming for a

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handball. Looking for a penalty. A great chance yet to get Rangers back

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into the game. Using all of his experience to create a little

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pockets of space there to get the strike off. The ball coming out, he

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is claiming its hit someone's hand but the referee having nothing to do

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with it. Never a penalty. James Tavernier tries to force his

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way through and wins the corner kick. Good attitude, always

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desperate to get forward and put the Celtic defence under pressure, never

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giving up the chase there. Miller had a swing at it. That is

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Wilson. Windass, James Tavernier, Martyn Waghorn, deflected. Away by

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Kieran Tierney. Celtic on the counter, Leigh Griffiths. What an

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opportunity to play in James Forrest. But now it is Barry Mackay.

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Plenty of options. Joe Dodoo has his shot blocked.

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Armstrong just prevents that going behind for a corner. A late for a --

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flurry from Rangers. Great counter attacking from Celtic. Rangers have

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to watch that they don't leave themselves exposed, but they have

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little option. 86 minutes on the clock, Martyn

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Waghorn's long throw. Scott Sinclair's challenge brushed

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aside, James Tavernier 's as is good and what a missed a

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Waghorn should be concentrating more on getting the header down. That was

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wasted. Jozo Simunovic with the header away.

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Leigh Griffiths out why to pick up possession, flooding forward, and

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needed a good touch from James Forrest that it did not get up.

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Needed a better touch from James Forrest, not long on the part. That

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is no excuse. He should have controlled it better. Plays with the

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head up, Leigh Griffiths, superb cross. It was on for the strike at

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goal but a poor first touch. 90 seconds left of the 90 minutes.

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A free kick given. The latest challenge by Windass.

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Tom Rogic, so close to number three. He is deadly they are from there.

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Fabulous first touch, he finds the space, pulls the trigger, and I'm

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lucky to have that come off the bottom of the post.

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Wilson, worrying moment for him. Just manages to get it clear. As for

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Joe Dodoo, on his left foot. Great strike. The flying Craig Gordon

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makes the save. Danny Wilson fabulous crossfield pass for Joe

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Dodoo. Takes the ball down and good save.

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The glancing header from Lustic gets that away from Joe Dodoo.

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Full-time at Hampden Park and Brendan Rodgers' Celtic take another

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step toward the trouble. In the Scottish Cup final, they will play

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Aberdeen. And that game separates them from a clean sweep of all of

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the big prizes in Scottish football. Callum McGregor scoring their first

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goal in the 11th minute. Scott Sinclair effectively wrap things up

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six minutes into the second half with his penalty, his 24th of the

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season, after Leigh Griffiths was fouled in the box. Even the loss of

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Moussa Dembele failed to derail Celtic in pursuit of their big

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ambition. Rangers had their second have chances, could not take them,

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and Celtic make their way back to hand for the Scottish Cup final.

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Winners here on firm day in Mount Florida by 2-0.

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I thought we were outstanding in general, studded with great

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composure and control and moved the ball quickly also credit to the

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staff here because the pitch was excellent, perfect for how we to

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play. We were really dominant in the first half in every aspect in terms

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of pressure and intensity and quality but in the main it was a

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real performance of dominance by the team. Defensively, offensively and

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there are areas we can improve but overall very satisfying. And more

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importantly the performance. A very professional performance from start

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to finish, we knew they would put pressure on us but we dealt with it

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well. We could have scored a couple more goals. It's a great feeling and

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for the fans as well. Everyone is delighted, one of the best team

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performances we have had all season also we are in the final now and

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hopefully we can get the cup. A hugely important victory for Celtic

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and the incredible season continues. How would you sum up the day for

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Brendan Rodgers and his team? Top drawer, you heard them, a fantastic

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performance. Question marks have been raised about how they have

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tapered off recently and if they would be able to hit the heights and

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they did that. Scott Sinclair said perhaps the best performance of the

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season collectively and I don't think he is far wrong. It was always

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going to be a big day for Pedro Caixinha and from the Rangers

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perspective, he felt they may be showed Celtic too much respect. What

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did you make of his Old Firm debut? It was tough, Celtic dominated and I

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put Rangers got it wrong tactically. The passing and movement from

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Selkirk was a joy to watch but Rangers sat back and watched it as

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well. -- from Celtic. Should this have been a red card? Absolutely, I

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can only presume it was so early that that was why Willie Collum did

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not give it. This was a worse challenge than Scott Brown's. We

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looked at this and he jumps into it at over 18 mph. And this was not

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great either. That could have been a borderline red card as well. And he

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does this in a couple of minutes. If it was a red card before, he got

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away with it and it should have been a second. Roberts caused them so

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many problems all day long. No doubt that Rangers were fortunate to have

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11 men on the park. Some confusion about their formation to begin with?

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Pedro Caixinha said it was a 4-4-2. He changed it but it didn't work. He

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doesn't have the personnel, Kenny Miller wide and Emerson Hyndman

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wide, no sitting midfield and he got it wrong and the first goal showed

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it. They did not have that sitting midfielder. Callum McGregor drifts

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into the position but the midfield is too Square and nobody is deeper

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and tracking the run of McGregor. When he get the other side, the

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recovery runs are atrocious and they don't get back and show any desire.

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It is magnificent from Dembele and a great finish. It is simple midfield

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tracking. It start about 15 yards. It ended up as 30. On this one they

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get caught on the counterattack and instead of dropping, Wes Foderingham

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should have been moving forward. He would have got it on the edge of the

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box. And that was the killer blow. The start of the second half,

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Rangers started OK but Celtic caught them on the counter. It was naive

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from Rangers because they overcommitted and were countered

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easy and it was game over at 2-0. Celtic showed so much quality, how

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far ahead of Rangers are they? No doubt that they stepped up and hit

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top gear. So much composure in tight areas. They were toying with Rangers

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at times. The thing I like about Celtic, in petition the back three,

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you have depth from Armstrong, penetration from McGregor, width

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from Roberts and the ballet and Scott Sinclair in the number nine

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position but they were so difficult to mark -- from Roberts and Dembele.

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Everybody else moves into position and they keep the balance and

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formation will stop you penetration from the wide players now and width

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from the full-backs and Armstrong is now giving you a forward player and

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Dembele is in the Centre forward position and it is so difficult to

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mark when you have guys constantly rotating but balancing the team.

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Again with a back three and it causes problems for Rangers, who to

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pick up. Good rotation in midfield against when it comes back to

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Simunovic, Kenny Miller gets picked off with the ball going in and they

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penetrate through the lines easily. It is simple things like this. You

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heard the comments from Pedro Caixinha, they wanted Lustig on the

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ball but because they have such good rotation, he plays like a right

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centre-half but recognises when there is space to step forward and

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he becomes an attacking full-back. And Dodoo is so far in, they are

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behind the defence and it is great from Leigh Griffiths with a

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wonderful Flick and it ends up with a strike. It epitomises where

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Brendan Rodgers is taking them, to a different level, they are so

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difficult to mark because the movement is so good and the passing

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is quick and they change things fluidly. They don't have a solid

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formation, it changes all the time. And in terms of Rangers, how many

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signings do they need to make in the summer and how much money to spend

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to get close to Celtic? A lot. I think in virtually every position to

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get closer. In forward areas suddenly and centre-half without a

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doubt. And in terms of Celtic, can they go through the season unbeaten

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and do the treble? The simple answer is yes to both of them. I don't

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think there is much more to be said. We can expand on that later! OK, to

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the first semifinal and holders Hibernian were hoping to extend

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their defence of the trophy to the final at Aberdeen were aiming to

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reach their second cup final of the season.

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COMMENTATOR: Expect tension and pressure and anxiety. The Scottish

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Cup holders against the club that wants to not only end what has been

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a dream year for them but a long wait for the trophy themselves. It

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is a Hibs team by and large that the expected with Marvin Bartley a

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no-brainer and he tends to feature when Neil Lennon wants to be more

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back Matej Vydra means Andrew Shinnie is on the bench and will not

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face his brother at the start anyway -- wants to be more pragmatic. John

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McGinn is one booking away from missing the final. Mark Reynolds

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replaces Anthony O'Connor and Niall McGinn is fit but on the bench. Ryan

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Christie, on loan from Selkirk, retained his place. Graeme Shinnie

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was indeed Caley Thistle team that was so is accessible here two years

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ago as the Dons look to reach their first cup final since 2000. David

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Gray ensured 11 months ago you would go down in Easter Road folklore. --

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he would go down. The first of this season's William Hill Scottish Cup

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filelist will be named this afternoon, Hibs against Aberdeen, to

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Scottish football had a great going head-to-head and in the opening

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minute that is an unbelievable start for the Dons! Adam Rooney gives

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Aberdeen the lead with just 12 seconds on the clock! John McGinn

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got caught on the ball and Aberdeen counter at pace. A mistake by Marvin

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Bartley, the defence was all over the place and what a composed finish

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so early from Adam Rooney. Unbelievable. Hibernian had barely

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taken their seats and the players were barely on the pitch but they

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are behind to Adam Rooney's 19th goal of the season.

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Christie has kept it in. Martziano held on for dear life. Excellent

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from Ryan Christie but poor from Marvin Bartley who gets rolled far

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too easily by Christie. A bit fortunate still to have the

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ball. Christie for McLean and it is clever. And Fyvie took McLean out.

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The first time lay off into Christie and he gets the return and it is a

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clear foul. Christie is sizing it up. He delivers and it has snuck in

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and it is 2-0! Ryan Christie scores from the free kick to justify his

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inclusion and Aberdeen are on the brink, the very brink of their first

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Scottish Cup final in 17 years. It has De Goede as a goalkeeping

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mistake that he gambles thinking it is going to go into the box -- it

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has to go down as a goalkeeping mistake. Christie knew what he was

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doing a brilliant from him but poor from Martziano. Joy for Derek

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McInnes and Aberdeen but serious heartache for Ofir Martziano who

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shakes his head and rightly so, outfoxed by Christie at his near

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post. As his dad watches. Charlie Christie.

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This is Maclean and Hayes, Jonny Hayes. Side netting. Hibs are living

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a very charmed life at the moment. One more goal and you would have to

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say that Aberdeen are through. This was brilliant from Hayes, cutting in

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but just dragged his shot past the near post. That is Grant Holt but

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who is coming off? It is a big call from Neil Lennon. You can see what

:41:48.:41:51.

Fraser Fyvie makes of this. He will have to recognise it is a tactical

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decision and not his performance. He will be hurting.

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Logan has been a good signing for Aberdeen, winning the league cup

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within his first couple of months after initially being on loan from

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Brentford. A good run by buoy. And a great ball for Grant Holt who makes

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an instant impact and Hibs are right back in this! Brilliantly done by

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the men in green and white. And that will make a world of difference for

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the holders. This is what Grant Holt is all about, it is magnificent from

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Boyle and what a bore into a dangerous area and what an impact

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from Grant Holt. That coming nine minutes before half-time, Grant

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Holt's fifth goal of the season. Kenny McLean could not resist. He

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can hit them from range. He has a sweet left foot.

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Hibs don't have time to finish this attack and it is half-time at

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Hampden Park. As things stand, Aberdeen are going through to final

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but their lead is not as comfortable they would have liked it at the

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interval. Adam Rooney scored on 12 seconds, Ryan Christie's free kick

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on 25 minutes but Grant Holt had only been on the pitch a minute or

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two as a substitute for Fraser Fyvie before heading Hibs right back into

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the equation and at half-time it is 1-2.

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Away by Ambrose. Jack gets there just in time. The effort from Logan.

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He scored the winner against Ross County a couple of rounds back. He

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is right to take it on and it opened up but he drags it past the post.

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More than half an hour to go and Anthony O'Connor, the Irishman from

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Cork. It is not always worked for Aberdeen when they have changed from

:44:33.:44:34.

the usual back four. It does add a bit of solidity to the

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defence on paper. It does, it is an extra man to try to deal with the

:44:46.:44:51.

threat of comings and Grant Holt. That might be seen by Hibs at

:44:52.:44:56.

Aberdeen trying to shut up shop but McGeouch is in to make it 2-2! They

:44:57.:45:04.

do not want to let go of this trophy! They are back from the dead

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here at Hampden Park. A brilliant, nation on the edge of the box and

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the wonderful finish from Dylan McGeouch. They deserve to be back in

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this. Question marks over Aberdeen's mentality again. If you only watched

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the first half-hour of this game and Hibs go through, you haven't seen

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the rest, you would be astonished but they have battled right back

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into this. Here is Hayes. He goes for the volley but comfortable for

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Martziano. At least it is an effort on goal for Aberdeen in this second

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half. Cummings is through here but

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offside. Very tight, very tight and if

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anything he is marginally off. The ball from Logan, the header from

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McLean. Graeme Shinnie. He scored the winner in the quarterfinal

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against Partick Thistle. Here he is again, the fancied

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another go, Martziano can hold on. Good goalkeeping. After it takes the

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deflection it is awkward. Shinnie was right to take it on. If you

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score now you think you're going to the final.

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That was making. Was O'Connor pushed? He was. There will still be

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fresh memories for the Aberdeen players of the recent capitulation

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to Rangers at Pittodrie when they conceded three goals in four

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minutes. That is ambitious but it is

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deflected into the net! How is your luck?! Jonny Hayes gives Aberdeen

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the lead with six minutes left. He does well to make room for the shot

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but that is as cruel as it gets. It has come off McGregor. It was hit

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more in hope than expectation by Jonny Hayes and in off Darren

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McGregor. Heartbreak for Hibernian. Suddenly the Scottish Football

:47:46.:47:58.

Association are giving it to Jonny Hayes. As Martin Boyle chases and in

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goes Taylor. He did just enough. Fantastic defending from Taylor to

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put Martin Boyle off. The last-minute.

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The flick from Holt. That is a corner. The goalkeeper is coming up.

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Hibs are heading out of the cup unless they can score from this

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corner. Sent in by comings and Martziano wins it but Lewis holds on

:48:43.:48:48.

and that might be it. It was a decent ball in and a very decent

:48:49.:48:53.

header from the goalkeeper. It was actually a fine save from Joe Lewis.

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It is all over at Hampden Park! And the waiting is over for Aberdeen.

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They have dethroned Hibernian! And they are through to their first

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Scottish Cup final in 17 years. It is a third final under Derek

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McInnes. They were made to sweat for it today. Jonny Hayes' deflected

:49:23.:49:30.

effort right at the end of the game has put Aberdeen into the William

:49:31.:49:37.

Hill Scottish Cup final. It has finished here at the National

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Stadium Hibernian 2-3 Aberdeen. Congratulations, you are through to

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the final but they put you through the mill. Absolutely. A fantastic

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start. 13 seconds I think it was, and I'd put it away and there was

:49:54.:49:59.

good intensity from ourselves. Hibs had a real wobble and there was

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anxiety as you would have losing the early goal but I thought we were

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good value in the opening half hour for the second goal and it was great

:50:07.:50:11.

from young Ryan. And I thought 2-0 was a fair reflection, we were sharp

:50:12.:50:16.

and pounced on them and they never got any flow into their game. Not

:50:17.:50:21.

good enough from us, the first 30 minutes was pathetic and totally

:50:22.:50:25.

unacceptable. It is nothing to do with tactics or formations, it is

:50:26.:50:28.

decision-making and individual errors. We needed 836-year-old to

:50:29.:50:35.

come on and get us playing which we did and scored great goals -- we

:50:36.:50:42.

needed a 36-year-old. We didn't deserve to lose the game but you

:50:43.:50:46.

can't give a team like Aberdeen a 2-goal head start. Anything can

:50:47.:50:51.

happen at 2-2. Thankfully it went our way, we got a break with the

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goal. We are delighted to get to the final. Delighted for the supporters,

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the last memory here was a sobering one at Hampden Park and we felt we

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had making up to do after that final and the performance today and how

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the players have reacted since the turn of the year suggests that we

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are a good side and we are hopefully ready for the final. We will go away

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with a lot of regret, we were as good as them is not better. It'll be

:51:20.:51:27.

a long couple of weeks for them because the championship is over. We

:51:28.:51:31.

can enjoy the celebration but we were good enough to go to the final

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and beat Aberdeen. It was in evidence for long parts of the game.

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When you took the free kick, were you going for the near post always?

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Not until Adam Rooney had a word in my ear and told me to have a look at

:51:45.:51:48.

the goalkeeper and maybe try to shoot. He will take the assist for

:51:49.:51:52.

that one. But happy it went in and of a for Johnny scoring the winner.

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Are you claiming it? It is going top corner! But anyway it goes in we

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take it, especially so late when it doesn't give them a chance to go

:52:05.:52:08.

back. They had the moment so it came at a good time. It has been a

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brilliant season, going well in the league and disappointed from the

:52:13.:52:16.

last cup. We said we wanted to be here again at the end of the season

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fighting for another trophy and we are in that position now and looking

:52:20.:52:23.

forward to it. A thoroughly enthralling match, Aberdeen edging

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it and Hibs historic reign as Scottish Cup holders comes to a

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close. The stuff of dreams for Derek McInnes, the way it started, and

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nightmares for Darren McGregor. What a start it was an incredible really

:52:40.:52:44.

and Aberdeen pressed it is so high up the pitch at the start. There

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were two errors from Hibs but a decent finish from Adam Rooney in

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the end. The pressure they put them under in the first half hour was

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incredible and every time they lost the ball, the amount of time it took

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them to win it back was minimal. Ryan Christie puts Stevenson under

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pressure, forcing him to go long and when it did, Cummings was isolated

:53:06.:53:11.

and more often than not Aberdeen won uncomfortably. They hunt in packs

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and gets the ball back and end a decent chance for Jonny Hayes. He

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was excellent and he comes in on his right and he just drag it past the

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near post but the start from Aberdeen was so impressive. This

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consolidated that dominance. You can see Dylan McGeouch looking over his

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shoulder trying to anticipate a cutback but he should be staying in

:53:36.:53:39.

the war and blocking that. If he doesn't move, it doesn't go into the

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front post. Obviously Martziano had to take some of the responsible deep

:53:44.:53:47.

but the first problem is Dylan McGeouch stepping out of the wall.

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Should Grant Holt have started the match? He made such a difference. It

:53:52.:53:56.

is this and buts and maybes but he made a huge difference. Before that,

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this is it, aimless balls, easy to deal with for the Aberdeen defence.

:54:03.:54:09.

Watch Jason Cummings coming is throwing his arms up. And in the

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corner, that is where the space was but Hibs had no out ball and no

:54:15.:54:18.

target man to hold it up but when he came on the lookout many bodies in

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the box. A wonderful ball Martin Boyle, fantastic and again, look at

:54:25.:54:28.

the second goal, Grant Holt and bodies in the final third. A great

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offer from Lewis Stevenson out wide and it meant that Logan was

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attracted to him and it creates space in the middle for a Holt to

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play it and McGeouch to get in. But having more bodies in the final

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third and creating problems for the Aberdeen defence and when it came up

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there was a platform for them to get up the park. It was a huge

:54:50.:54:53.

difference. Whether he should have studied or not, that is one of those

:54:54.:54:57.

conundrums that Neil Lennon will run through his head for weeks to come.

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-- started or not. Darren McGregor will have better days you would

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hope. He was at fault a bid for the first goal but the second he could

:55:08.:55:11.

not do anything, it is a cruel deflection and a sad way to lose the

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game for Hibernian. Jonny Hayes does well to make the space, it was never

:55:17.:55:21.

going in but it comes off Darren and goes in. He is drifting off the

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forward line and John McGinn has to drop a yard. It is late in the game,

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you are tired and your concentration is slack but if he drops, Jonny

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Hayes cannot get through the gap. That is the difference at the end of

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it. It is cool for Hibs but Aberdeen just found a way to win the game.

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They are so consistent. Since the turn of the year, their form has

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been phenomenal. From what we saw, how much should be expected from

:55:50.:55:53.

Hibs next season in the Premiership? No doubt... Even in the current

:55:54.:56:00.

situation and with their squad, Neil Lennon will be saying to the board

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they need investment and it is no consolation just now, but I'm pretty

:56:06.:56:09.

sure he is looking at that and thinking that it gives me a good bit

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of ammunition could say to the board, a bit of investment and we

:56:13.:56:18.

can challenge for Europe. On the 27th of May either Aberdeen or

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Celtic will have their name etched into Scottish Cup history.

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There you have it, the 2017 Scottish Cup final between Aberdeen and

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Celtic and is always BBC Scotland will have the most extensive live

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coverage across television, radio and online. We heard the views of

:56:58.:57:02.

Michael that Celtic will go through the season unbeaten and win the cup.

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What is your view of the final? Can Aberdeen defeat Celtic? They can,

:57:09.:57:14.

Southwark are clear favourites but Aberdeen can do it. It's like he's

:57:15.:57:20.

wearing his red jumper! They have players to hurt Celtic, and if their

:57:21.:57:23.

top players perform they can win it. They will take a lot from the league

:57:24.:57:28.

cup defeat, they can draw on that experience to be better. Do you

:57:29.:57:35.

think Celtic will win it? Yes, I do. I thought so! What will it take from

:57:36.:57:42.

Aberdeen to stop Celtic? The league cup final with hugely disappointing

:57:43.:57:45.

for so many Aberdeen fans with how they played. The problem is, as we

:57:46.:57:50.

highlighted in the Rangers game, it is the movement and rotation of

:57:51.:57:54.

their players. Aberdeen have to make sure they are strong at the back and

:57:55.:57:57.

have a threat on the counterattack which they did not have in the last

:57:58.:58:03.

final. Thank you as always. It has been a great weekend of cup action.

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We are back to the league next weekend, join us for that but until

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then from all of us at Sportscene, we will see you next weekend.

:58:13.:58:13.

Goodbye for now. Hello, it's

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All Round To Mrs Brown's, where my guests will be

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the fantastic Michael Ball... All Round To Mrs Brown's,

:59:05.:59:16.

the finale...

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Jonathan Sutherland introduces highlights of the weekend's two Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Celtic take on Rangers in the second consecutive Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final. Rangers went through after a penalty shoot-out in last year's competition, but champions Celtic will be hot favourites this time around. The programme also features highlights of Saturday's game between holders Hibernian, who last year ended a 114-year barren run in the competition, and high-flying Aberdeen.

Analysis is from Michael Stewart and Steven Thompson.


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