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
second of the Scottish Cup semifinals. Analysis from Steven
Thompson and Michael Stewart. , J from Willie Miller and Rob Maclean.
Lustig and Boyata return. Patrick Roberts gets the nod to start ahead
of James Forrest. Joe Garner comes back, Barry McKay and is John to
Ralph dropped out. -- Toral. William Collum is in charge. When Pedro
Caixinha Metz Brendan Rodgers. Celtic two games away from a treble.
One step closer if they can maintain their upper hand over Rangers. Three
wins and a draw so far and these two will go head again this weekend --
next weekend for a sixth time. Bates sees his pass intercepted.
Immediately, Celtic down the pitch. First corner kick inside the opening
minute. Scott Sinclair delivers. The header
from Moussa Dembele bouncing wide of target. A threat immediately from
the first set piece of the game. A good chance. Should be doing better.
Totally unmarked. That must be concerning for Rangers.
A good block from similar pitch -- Jozo Simunovic.
Long throw possibilities here. Bates and Wilson up for this. Lots of pace
on that, Waghorn tries again. Celtic breaking with Roberts. He was taken
out late, Advanta is played. Big opportunity. The shot from Callum
McGregor was straight at Wes Foderingham. Excellent break and
excellent -- what they chose, I am surprised. That challenge surely is
controversial. William Collum has a card in his hand and presumably it
is heading the way of Andy Halliday. I think he is fortunate it is only a
yellow, early in the game. A vicious challenge nowhere near the ball. 40
domestic matches unbeaten for Brendan Rodgers' team. Black
armbands in memory of Armstrong. Great effort. Curling
just wide of target. That is the problem is you get a Celtic to
mushroom and space. Armstrong there. Not too far. Trying to find the far
corner and it goes past the post. A couple of feet wide from Armstrong,
wanting it to move more in the air, but had faltering troubled.
The tactic from Rangers is to stay in the game as long as they possibly
can. Long ball from Dembele, and Callum McGregor strokes in the
opening goal of the second semifinal. Brilliant from Moser
brilliance from Dembele and a clinical finish. Great play was the
awful defending from Rangers. A long ball over the top. Superb first
touch. Fantastic second, and what about that for a goal? . Confidence.
All the composure you would look for in that sort of situation. He passed
it wide of Wes Foderingham. Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with the
start. Lovely skill forces in the corner.
Good work from the right-hand side. Beerman is someone Celtic have to
test in the early stages of this game. Patrick Roberts has been
outstanding so far, very direct. That has been a problem for Beerman
and he has to get closer. Stuart Armstrong with the corner
kick and Moser Dembele up for the header.
Robertson in the spotlight, the man who sent off Scott Brown last
weekend and awarded Ross County a very dubious penalty after the Alex
Schalk died. -- diving. He may have hurt himself there. He did so well
to win the corner kick with a clever backheel. That is concerning for
Celtic. He does not fancy. Does not look as though she will play any
further part in the game, Moussa Dembele. Leigh Griffiths prepares
for action as Moussa Dembele ayes action ends with the backheel.
Sinclair booked in the corner kick. Undeterred by the fact they are down
to ten men at the moment. Jozo Simunovic rising well for the
header. He has been getting cold on the
touchline waiting to come on. He will look to make his impact, having
had so few chances of late. Brendan Rodgers would have hoped for a
bigger Advantest and one goal considering the possession.
I feel Rangers have gone out with that tactic in mind and will have to
change it at some point. You cannot give the opposition this amount of
time without putting them under pressure. Even down to ten men...
That was late by Myles Beerman. Another wild lunge on Celtic pot
danger man Patrick Roberts. Roberts has been excellent. The boot
is high. Celtic will fancy another go before the interval.
Myles Beerman saying there was no contact there. But he is treading a
dangerous path having been booked a couple of minutes ago. Fortunate, I
think, the youngster to get away with that. The referee had a...
Leigh Griffiths looking for an immediate impact as he takes the
free kick. Punched away by Fotheringham he thinks he can whip
it into the near post. I thought the Rangers goalkeeper had it well
covered. Beerman has to get every challenge
right against Roberts. Top-quality performance from Callum
McGregor. Kieran Tierney thought about the
shot. Missed I Roberts. Ran the risk of Sinclair getting a toe on the end
of this. It is an opportunity but he will be disappointed, Roberts, he
did not make contact. Onto his left foot but always
off-balance, Kenny Miller. Never a threat for Craig Gordon. Difficult
for him even with his attributes. Well over the bar.
Sardinia is marauding doing well to get their first -- James Tavernier.
That is the strong part of his game, getting forward. He has done well
defensively, not been tested to them. As the seconds ticked away,
Rangers have a late opportunity for an equaliser. The last action of the
first half. James Tavernier's long throw. A high boot. Only one go for
Celtic to show for their superiority. They are running the
show and ahead at half-time by 1-0. Two changes for Rangers. Joe Dodoo
replacing Joe Garner upfront. And Barry McKay with Andy Halliday left
indoors. One year ago, Rangers defeated
Celtic on penalties in the Scottish Cup semifinals. Right now, that
seems distant. Whatever reaction will Pedro Caixinha get from his
team after making those two positive changes? A positive start from Kenny
Miller. Floated in four Joe Dodoo but
Michael Lustig in the way. Good work. And again, Michael Lustig was
the barrier. The two why players playing further up the park, Barrie
McKay setting up James Tavernier. Much more positive from Rangers.
Long throw from Y con. Miller flicks it back. Bates was there. Boyata get
it away. Griffis pointing to where he wants it. In he goes, down he
goes, penalty given. Against James Tavernier and a yellow. Transfer
Celtic to go two up. A classic counterattack and Leigh Griffiths
getting there before James Tavernier. No doubt that it is a
penalty. A little touch from Griffiths, James Tavernier has
committed himself and William Collum has no option.
A massive moment and Scott Sinclair. Great effort from Wes Foderingham
getting his fingertips to it. Of the inside of the post. Rod Stewart
leads the celebrations, and the 24th of the season for Sinclair. Wes
Foderingham is so unlucky. His fingertips, almost touching it round
the post. The inside of the upright and into the back of the net to give
Celtic their second. There is the lunch from James Tavernier that
lunge. He does not say no to that kind of opportunity, Scott Sinclair.
Boyata loses out. Mackay for Miller but immediately the flag went up for
offside. A painful blow for Rangers because they had started the second
have so well. But that quick counterattack killed them. Oh, what
an effort from Leigh Griffiths and another great save from Wes
Foderingham. A long ball through again. The defence all over the
place. Great touch from Griffiths, click the. -- fast feet and an
excellent save. The Celtic fans are in party mood as Sinclair swings it
in, Jozo Simunovic knocks it down and over the top from Boyata.
Chances coming quickly as they look to kill the game off. Maybe Brendan
Rodgers is better pleased with Don Robertson, the official who awarded
at penalty and gave Ross County the spot kick after Alex Schalk's died
last week. -- diving for the penalty.
Left by Griffiths, cut out by Holt. Patrick Roberts, great effort, great
save. Wes Foderingham denying Celtic at the moment.
Top-class goalkeeping from Wes Foderingham. Celtic have the
semifinal in the palm of their hands.
I'm of the opportunity, Leigh Griffiths, grabbed at the second
attempt by Wes Foderingham as Sinclair boasting. Opened up
worryingly from a Rangers point of view as Griffiths cut inside.
Rangers looking for a way to bring in the semifinal back to life. Let's
Lustic was looking for it. That is Emerson Hyndman. That is Kenny
Miller. And that is a Craig Gordon saved, not too many of them in this
match. A real opportunity for Kenny Miller. Last Mac from cavalier.
A store in the sunshine for Celtic as it has been all game long pretty
much, untroubled. As they head for the Scottish Cup
final. Long ball from James Tavernier, Flint and by Martyn
Waghorn and too high from Kenny Miller. At old head sees the
opportunity, looking for the goalkeeper off his line. He tries to
Chippenham but over it's at. Finding room for the cross, it is
Kenny Miller. Craig Gordon makes the save. He is screaming for a
handball. Looking for a penalty. A great chance yet to get Rangers back
into the game. Using all of his experience to create a little
pockets of space there to get the strike off. The ball coming out, he
is claiming its hit someone's hand but the referee having nothing to do
with it. Never a penalty. James Tavernier tries to force his
way through and wins the corner kick. Good attitude, always
desperate to get forward and put the Celtic defence under pressure, never
giving up the chase there. Miller had a swing at it. That is
Wilson. Windass, James Tavernier, Martyn Waghorn, deflected. Away by
Kieran Tierney. Celtic on the counter, Leigh Griffiths. What an
opportunity to play in James Forrest. But now it is Barry Mackay.
Plenty of options. Joe Dodoo has his shot blocked.
Armstrong just prevents that going behind for a corner. A late for a --
flurry from Rangers. Great counter attacking from Celtic. Rangers have
to watch that they don't leave themselves exposed, but they have
little option. 86 minutes on the clock, Martyn
Waghorn's long throw. Scott Sinclair's challenge brushed
aside, James Tavernier 's as is good and what a missed a
Waghorn should be concentrating more on getting the header down. That was
wasted. Jozo Simunovic with the header away.
Leigh Griffiths out why to pick up possession, flooding forward, and
needed a good touch from James Forrest that it did not get up.
Needed a better touch from James Forrest, not long on the part. That
is no excuse. He should have controlled it better. Plays with the
head up, Leigh Griffiths, superb cross. It was on for the strike at
goal but a poor first touch. 90 seconds left of the 90 minutes.
A free kick given. The latest challenge by Windass.
Tom Rogic, so close to number three. He is deadly they are from there.
Fabulous first touch, he finds the space, pulls the trigger, and I'm
lucky to have that come off the bottom of the post.
Wilson, worrying moment for him. Just manages to get it clear. As for
Joe Dodoo, on his left foot. Great strike. The flying Craig Gordon
makes the save. Danny Wilson fabulous crossfield pass for Joe
Dodoo. Takes the ball down and good save.
The glancing header from Lustic gets that away from Joe Dodoo.
Full-time at Hampden Park and Brendan Rodgers' Celtic take another
step toward the trouble. In the Scottish Cup final, they will play
Aberdeen. And that game separates them from a clean sweep of all of
the big prizes in Scottish football. Callum McGregor scoring their first
goal in the 11th minute. Scott Sinclair effectively wrap things up
six minutes into the second half with his penalty, his 24th of the
season, after Leigh Griffiths was fouled in the box. Even the loss of
Moussa Dembele failed to derail Celtic in pursuit of their big
ambition. Rangers had their second have chances, could not take them,
and Celtic make their way back to hand for the Scottish Cup final.
Winners here on firm day in Mount Florida by 2-0.
I thought we were outstanding in general, studded with great
composure and control and moved the ball quickly also credit to the
staff here because the pitch was excellent, perfect for how we to
play. We were really dominant in the first half in every aspect in terms
of pressure and intensity and quality but in the main it was a
real performance of dominance by the team. Defensively, offensively and
there are areas we can improve but overall very satisfying. And more
importantly the performance. A very professional performance from start
to finish, we knew they would put pressure on us but we dealt with it
well. We could have scored a couple more goals. It's a great feeling and
for the fans as well. Everyone is delighted, one of the best team
performances we have had all season also we are in the final now and
hopefully we can get the cup. A hugely important victory for Celtic
and the incredible season continues. How would you sum up the day for
Brendan Rodgers and his team? Top drawer, you heard them, a fantastic
performance. Question marks have been raised about how they have
tapered off recently and if they would be able to hit the heights and
they did that. Scott Sinclair said perhaps the best performance of the
season collectively and I don't think he is far wrong. It was always
going to be a big day for Pedro Caixinha and from the Rangers
perspective, he felt they may be showed Celtic too much respect. What
did you make of his Old Firm debut? It was tough, Celtic dominated and I
put Rangers got it wrong tactically. The passing and movement from
Selkirk was a joy to watch but Rangers sat back and watched it as
well. -- from Celtic. Should this have been a red card? Absolutely, I
can only presume it was so early that that was why Willie Collum did
not give it. This was a worse challenge than Scott Brown's. We
looked at this and he jumps into it at over 18 mph. And this was not
great either. That could have been a borderline red card as well. And he
does this in a couple of minutes. If it was a red card before, he got
away with it and it should have been a second. Roberts caused them so
many problems all day long. No doubt that Rangers were fortunate to have
11 men on the park. Some confusion about their formation to begin with?
Pedro Caixinha said it was a 4-4-2. He changed it but it didn't work. He
doesn't have the personnel, Kenny Miller wide and Emerson Hyndman
wide, no sitting midfield and he got it wrong and the first goal showed
it. They did not have that sitting midfielder. Callum McGregor drifts
into the position but the midfield is too Square and nobody is deeper
and tracking the run of McGregor. When he get the other side, the
recovery runs are atrocious and they don't get back and show any desire.
It is magnificent from Dembele and a great finish. It is simple midfield
tracking. It start about 15 yards. It ended up as 30. On this one they
get caught on the counterattack and instead of dropping, Wes Foderingham
should have been moving forward. He would have got it on the edge of the
box. And that was the killer blow. The start of the second half,
Rangers started OK but Celtic caught them on the counter. It was naive
from Rangers because they overcommitted and were countered
easy and it was game over at 2-0. Celtic showed so much quality, how
far ahead of Rangers are they? No doubt that they stepped up and hit
top gear. So much composure in tight areas. They were toying with Rangers
at times. The thing I like about Celtic, in petition the back three,
you have depth from Armstrong, penetration from McGregor, width
from Roberts and the ballet and Scott Sinclair in the number nine
position but they were so difficult to mark -- from Roberts and Dembele.
Everybody else moves into position and they keep the balance and
formation will stop you penetration from the wide players now and width
from the full-backs and Armstrong is now giving you a forward player and
Dembele is in the Centre forward position and it is so difficult to
mark when you have guys constantly rotating but balancing the team.
Again with a back three and it causes problems for Rangers, who to
pick up. Good rotation in midfield against when it comes back to
Simunovic, Kenny Miller gets picked off with the ball going in and they
penetrate through the lines easily. It is simple things like this. You
heard the comments from Pedro Caixinha, they wanted Lustig on the
ball but because they have such good rotation, he plays like a right
centre-half but recognises when there is space to step forward and
he becomes an attacking full-back. And Dodoo is so far in, they are
behind the defence and it is great from Leigh Griffiths with a
wonderful Flick and it ends up with a strike. It epitomises where
Brendan Rodgers is taking them, to a different level, they are so
difficult to mark because the movement is so good and the passing
is quick and they change things fluidly. They don't have a solid
formation, it changes all the time. And in terms of Rangers, how many
signings do they need to make in the summer and how much money to spend
to get close to Celtic? A lot. I think in virtually every position to
get closer. In forward areas suddenly and centre-half without a
doubt. And in terms of Celtic, can they go through the season unbeaten
and do the treble? The simple answer is yes to both of them. I don't
think there is much more to be said. We can expand on that later! OK, to
the first semifinal and holders Hibernian were hoping to extend
their defence of the trophy to the final at Aberdeen were aiming to
reach their second cup final of the season.
COMMENTATOR: Expect tension and pressure and anxiety. The Scottish
Cup holders against the club that wants to not only end what has been
a dream year for them but a long wait for the trophy themselves. It
is a Hibs team by and large that the expected with Marvin Bartley a
no-brainer and he tends to feature when Neil Lennon wants to be more
back Matej Vydra means Andrew Shinnie is on the bench and will not
face his brother at the start anyway -- wants to be more pragmatic. John
McGinn is one booking away from missing the final. Mark Reynolds
replaces Anthony O'Connor and Niall McGinn is fit but on the bench. Ryan
Christie, on loan from Selkirk, retained his place. Graeme Shinnie
was indeed Caley Thistle team that was so is accessible here two years
ago as the Dons look to reach their first cup final since 2000. David
Gray ensured 11 months ago you would go down in Easter Road folklore. --
he would go down. The first of this season's William Hill Scottish Cup
filelist will be named this afternoon, Hibs against Aberdeen, to
Scottish football had a great going head-to-head and in the opening
minute that is an unbelievable start for the Dons! Adam Rooney gives
Aberdeen the lead with just 12 seconds on the clock! John McGinn
got caught on the ball and Aberdeen counter at pace. A mistake by Marvin
Bartley, the defence was all over the place and what a composed finish
so early from Adam Rooney. Unbelievable. Hibernian had barely
taken their seats and the players were barely on the pitch but they
are behind to Adam Rooney's 19th goal of the season.
Christie has kept it in. Martziano held on for dear life. Excellent
from Ryan Christie but poor from Marvin Bartley who gets rolled far
too easily by Christie. A bit fortunate still to have the
ball. Christie for McLean and it is clever. And Fyvie took McLean out.
The first time lay off into Christie and he gets the return and it is a
clear foul. Christie is sizing it up. He delivers and it has snuck in
and it is 2-0! Ryan Christie scores from the free kick to justify his
inclusion and Aberdeen are on the brink, the very brink of their first
Scottish Cup final in 17 years. It has De Goede as a goalkeeping
mistake that he gambles thinking it is going to go into the box -- it
has to go down as a goalkeeping mistake. Christie knew what he was
doing a brilliant from him but poor from Martziano. Joy for Derek
McInnes and Aberdeen but serious heartache for Ofir Martziano who
shakes his head and rightly so, outfoxed by Christie at his near
post. As his dad watches. Charlie Christie.
This is Maclean and Hayes, Jonny Hayes. Side netting. Hibs are living
a very charmed life at the moment. One more goal and you would have to
say that Aberdeen are through. This was brilliant from Hayes, cutting in
but just dragged his shot past the near post. That is Grant Holt but
who is coming off? It is a big call from Neil Lennon. You can see what
Fraser Fyvie makes of this. He will have to recognise it is a tactical
decision and not his performance. He will be hurting.
Logan has been a good signing for Aberdeen, winning the league cup
within his first couple of months after initially being on loan from
Brentford. A good run by buoy. And a great ball for Grant Holt who makes
an instant impact and Hibs are right back in this! Brilliantly done by
the men in green and white. And that will make a world of difference for
the holders. This is what Grant Holt is all about, it is magnificent from
Boyle and what a bore into a dangerous area and what an impact
from Grant Holt. That coming nine minutes before half-time, Grant
Holt's fifth goal of the season. Kenny McLean could not resist. He
can hit them from range. He has a sweet left foot.
Hibs don't have time to finish this attack and it is half-time at
Hampden Park. As things stand, Aberdeen are going through to final
but their lead is not as comfortable they would have liked it at the
interval. Adam Rooney scored on 12 seconds, Ryan Christie's free kick
on 25 minutes but Grant Holt had only been on the pitch a minute or
two as a substitute for Fraser Fyvie before heading Hibs right back into
the equation and at half-time it is 1-2.
Away by Ambrose. Jack gets there just in time. The effort from Logan.
He scored the winner against Ross County a couple of rounds back. He
is right to take it on and it opened up but he drags it past the post.
More than half an hour to go and Anthony O'Connor, the Irishman from
Cork. It is not always worked for Aberdeen when they have changed from
the usual back four. It does add a bit of solidity to the
defence on paper. It does, it is an extra man to try to deal with the
threat of comings and Grant Holt. That might be seen by Hibs at
Aberdeen trying to shut up shop but McGeouch is in to make it 2-2! They
do not want to let go of this trophy! They are back from the dead
here at Hampden Park. A brilliant, nation on the edge of the box and
the wonderful finish from Dylan McGeouch. They deserve to be back in
this. Question marks over Aberdeen's mentality again. If you only watched
the first half-hour of this game and Hibs go through, you haven't seen
the rest, you would be astonished but they have battled right back
into this. Here is Hayes. He goes for the volley but comfortable for
Martziano. At least it is an effort on goal for Aberdeen in this second
half. Cummings is through here but
offside. Very tight, very tight and if
anything he is marginally off. The ball from Logan, the header from
McLean. Graeme Shinnie. He scored the winner in the quarterfinal
against Partick Thistle. Here he is again, the fancied
another go, Martziano can hold on. Good goalkeeping. After it takes the
deflection it is awkward. Shinnie was right to take it on. If you
score now you think you're going to the final.
That was making. Was O'Connor pushed? He was. There will still be
fresh memories for the Aberdeen players of the recent capitulation
to Rangers at Pittodrie when they conceded three goals in four
minutes. That is ambitious but it is
deflected into the net! How is your luck?! Jonny Hayes gives Aberdeen
the lead with six minutes left. He does well to make room for the shot
but that is as cruel as it gets. It has come off McGregor. It was hit
more in hope than expectation by Jonny Hayes and in off Darren
McGregor. Heartbreak for Hibernian. Suddenly the Scottish Football
Association are giving it to Jonny Hayes. As Martin Boyle chases and in
goes Taylor. He did just enough. Fantastic defending from Taylor to
put Martin Boyle off. The last-minute.
The flick from Holt. That is a corner. The goalkeeper is coming up.
Hibs are heading out of the cup unless they can score from this
corner. Sent in by comings and Martziano wins it but Lewis holds on
and that might be it. It was a decent ball in and a very decent
header from the goalkeeper. It was actually a fine save from Joe Lewis.
It is all over at Hampden Park! And the waiting is over for Aberdeen.
They have dethroned Hibernian! And they are through to their first
Scottish Cup final in 17 years. It is a third final under Derek
McInnes. They were made to sweat for it today. Jonny Hayes' deflected
effort right at the end of the game has put Aberdeen into the William
Hill Scottish Cup final. It has finished here at the National
Stadium Hibernian 2-3 Aberdeen. Congratulations, you are through to
the final but they put you through the mill. Absolutely. A fantastic
start. 13 seconds I think it was, and I'd put it away and there was
good intensity from ourselves. Hibs had a real wobble and there was
anxiety as you would have losing the early goal but I thought we were
good value in the opening half hour for the second goal and it was great
from young Ryan. And I thought 2-0 was a fair reflection, we were sharp
and pounced on them and they never got any flow into their game. Not
good enough from us, the first 30 minutes was pathetic and totally
unacceptable. It is nothing to do with tactics or formations, it is
decision-making and individual errors. We needed 836-year-old to
come on and get us playing which we did and scored great goals -- we
needed a 36-year-old. We didn't deserve to lose the game but you
can't give a team like Aberdeen a 2-goal head start. Anything can
happen at 2-2. Thankfully it went our way, we got a break with the
goal. We are delighted to get to the final. Delighted for the supporters,
the last memory here was a sobering one at Hampden Park and we felt we
had making up to do after that final and the performance today and how
the players have reacted since the turn of the year suggests that we
are a good side and we are hopefully ready for the final. We will go away
with a lot of regret, we were as good as them is not better. It'll be
a long couple of weeks for them because the championship is over. We
can enjoy the celebration but we were good enough to go to the final
and beat Aberdeen. It was in evidence for long parts of the game.
When you took the free kick, were you going for the near post always?
Not until Adam Rooney had a word in my ear and told me to have a look at
the goalkeeper and maybe try to shoot. He will take the assist for
that one. But happy it went in and of a for Johnny scoring the winner.
Are you claiming it? It is going top corner! But anyway it goes in we
take it, especially so late when it doesn't give them a chance to go
back. They had the moment so it came at a good time. It has been a
brilliant season, going well in the league and disappointed from the
last cup. We said we wanted to be here again at the end of the season
fighting for another trophy and we are in that position now and looking
forward to it. A thoroughly enthralling match, Aberdeen edging
it and Hibs historic reign as Scottish Cup holders comes to a
close. The stuff of dreams for Derek McInnes, the way it started, and
nightmares for Darren McGregor. What a start it was an incredible really
and Aberdeen pressed it is so high up the pitch at the start. There
were two errors from Hibs but a decent finish from Adam Rooney in
the end. The pressure they put them under in the first half hour was
incredible and every time they lost the ball, the amount of time it took
them to win it back was minimal. Ryan Christie puts Stevenson under
pressure, forcing him to go long and when it did, Cummings was isolated
and more often than not Aberdeen won uncomfortably. They hunt in packs
and gets the ball back and end a decent chance for Jonny Hayes. He
was excellent and he comes in on his right and he just drag it past the
near post but the start from Aberdeen was so impressive. This
consolidated that dominance. You can see Dylan McGeouch looking over his
shoulder trying to anticipate a cutback but he should be staying in
the war and blocking that. If he doesn't move, it doesn't go into the
front post. Obviously Martziano had to take some of the responsible deep
but the first problem is Dylan McGeouch stepping out of the wall.
Should Grant Holt have started the match? He made such a difference. It
is this and buts and maybes but he made a huge difference. Before that,
this is it, aimless balls, easy to deal with for the Aberdeen defence.
Watch Jason Cummings coming is throwing his arms up. And in the
corner, that is where the space was but Hibs had no out ball and no
target man to hold it up but when he came on the lookout many bodies in
the box. A wonderful ball Martin Boyle, fantastic and again, look at
the second goal, Grant Holt and bodies in the final third. A great
offer from Lewis Stevenson out wide and it meant that Logan was
attracted to him and it creates space in the middle for a Holt to
play it and McGeouch to get in. But having more bodies in the final
third and creating problems for the Aberdeen defence and when it came up
there was a platform for them to get up the park. It was a huge
difference. Whether he should have studied or not, that is one of those
conundrums that Neil Lennon will run through his head for weeks to come.
-- started or not. Darren McGregor will have better days you would
hope. He was at fault a bid for the first goal but the second he could
not do anything, it is a cruel deflection and a sad way to lose the
game for Hibernian. Jonny Hayes does well to make the space, it was never
going in but it comes off Darren and goes in. He is drifting off the
forward line and John McGinn has to drop a yard. It is late in the game,
you are tired and your concentration is slack but if he drops, Jonny
Hayes cannot get through the gap. That is the difference at the end of
it. It is cool for Hibs but Aberdeen just found a way to win the game.
They are so consistent. Since the turn of the year, their form has
been phenomenal. From what we saw, how much should be expected from
Hibs next season in the Premiership? No doubt... Even in the current
situation and with their squad, Neil Lennon will be saying to the board
they need investment and it is no consolation just now, but I'm pretty
sure he is looking at that and thinking that it gives me a good bit
of ammunition could say to the board, a bit of investment and we
can challenge for Europe. On the 27th of May either Aberdeen or
Celtic will have their name etched into Scottish Cup history.
There you have it, the 2017 Scottish Cup final between Aberdeen and
Celtic and is always BBC Scotland will have the most extensive live
coverage across television, radio and online. We heard the views of
Michael that Celtic will go through the season unbeaten and win the cup.
What is your view of the final? Can Aberdeen defeat Celtic? They can,
Southwark are clear favourites but Aberdeen can do it. It's like he's
wearing his red jumper! They have players to hurt Celtic, and if their
top players perform they can win it. They will take a lot from the league
cup defeat, they can draw on that experience to be better. Do you
think Celtic will win it? Yes, I do. I thought so! What will it take from
Aberdeen to stop Celtic? The league cup final with hugely disappointing
for so many Aberdeen fans with how they played. The problem is, as we
highlighted in the Rangers game, it is the movement and rotation of
their players. Aberdeen have to make sure they are strong at the back and
have a threat on the counterattack which they did not have in the last
final. Thank you as always. It has been a great weekend of cup action.
We are back to the league next weekend, join us for that but until
then from all of us at Sportscene, we will see you next weekend.
Goodbye for now. Hello, it's
All Round To Mrs Brown's, where my guests will be
the fantastic Michael Ball... All Round To Mrs Brown's,
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.