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Celtic 4-0 Rangers

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Highlights: Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Celtic took a huge step towards securing back-to-back trebles as they ruthlessly swept Rangers aside to reach the Scottish Cup final.

Celtic were commanding against passive opponents, with Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor scoring before half-time.

Rangers’ woes worsened after the break, with Ross McCrorie dismissed for pulling back Moussa Dembele, who converted the resulting penalty.

Celtic 4-0 Rangers
Celtic 4-0 Rangers

Olivier Ntcham added the fourth, also from the spot, before the end.

With Dembele hitting the post early on, Ntcham firing wide and McGregor driving over, the scoreline might have been more emphatic for Celtic.

Rangers defender James Tavernier
Rangers endured a chastening afternoon in a one-sided Old Firm semi-final

Rangers gathered only frustration and angst, with Andy Halliday hollering his frustration from the bench after being replaced by Josh Windass before half-time, and Daniel Candeias heading straight up the tunnel after he was substituted.

Celtic are now one league win away from retaining their seventh consecutive Premiership title, and face Motherwell in next month’s Scottish Cup final, having already secured the League Cup last November.

Football matches are won and lost in a variety of ways. It is arguable that Rangers lost this one before kick-off.

Tactically, Rangers manager Graeme Murty appeared to get it wrong, and played into Celtic’s hands. How they exploited it.

A midfield three sat deep to cater for James Forrest, McGregor and Rogic, a trio of sprightly attacking midfielders. It backfired spectacularly.

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday and Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic
Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday was substituted before half-time

Celtic, in contrast, looked sharp from the off and almost took the lead when Dembele volleyed Ntcham’s cross off the upright.

Rangers escaped, but it was the briefest of respites. Brendan Rodgers’ side swarmed forward, exploiting Rangers’ timid approach.

The opener soon arrived, when Dembele ran in behind and laid back for Forrest who found Rogic inside the box. The Australian, with typical poise, swivelled away from McCrorie and found the corner of the net with a smooth finish.

Rogic is a big talent who delivers on the big stage; he has now scored a goal in each of his three Old Firm appearances this season.

He had a better opportunity moments later, but fired straight at Wes Foderingham with Rangers looking increasingly ragged. They were being brutally ripped apart.

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor celebrates against Rangers
Callum McGregor scored Celtic’s second goal with a clever, well-taken finish

Celtic’s movement was impressive. They were determined and crisp in their passing. Scott Brown and Ntcham were allowed to stroll around midfield with quite startling ease.

They bossed this, and added a second when Kieran Tierney danced past Candeias and crossed towards Dembele.

Russell Martin’s body shape was all wrong as he tried to intervene and he haplessly skewed the ball straight to McGregor, who finished emphatically beyond Foderingham.

At that point, it seemed an abacus might be required to keep count of the chances and goals Celtic might rack up.

Rangers defender Ross McCrorie is sent off against Celtic
Rangers defender Ross McCrorie was sent off for a foul on Celtic striker Moussa Dembele

Murty had to confront the reality of the situation, and he chose to replace Halliday before half-time. It was a horrible moment for the midfielder, but only added to the glee of the Celtic support.

That joy improved further after the break when McCrorie failed to cope with Dembele’s power and pace, pulling the Celtic striker down in the box. It was a chastening afternoon for the young Rangers defender, who had no answer to Dembele’s strength and guile.

McCrorie was ordered off before the Celtic striker cheekily dinked the spot kick away from Foderingham.

Rangers did improve for a spell, and had three glorious chances in succession. Two fell to Alfredo Morelos, the other to Bruno Alves from a corner, but Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon produced three wonderful stops.

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos
Rangers’ best chances fell to striker Alfredo Morelos, but he could not convert any of them

Celtic’s threat eased a touch with the game over as a contest, but they still added a fourth when Rangers substitute Jason Holt clattered into Patrick Roberts inside the box.

Ntcham took this one, and confidently drilled home into the corner.

That put the seal on a thrilling afternoon for Celtic, who moved ever closer to the historic achievement of back-to-back trebles.

For Rangers, this was a bruising occasion. One that will leave them with lingering hurt and significant questions to answer.

Rangers midfielder Jason Holt brings down Celtic attacker Patrick Roberts
Celtic’s fourth goal came from the penalty spot after Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigBooked at 30mins
  • 35Ajer
  • 20Boyata
  • 63Tierney
  • 8BrownBooked at 64mins
  • 21Ntcham
  • 49Forrest
    Substituted forRobertsat 73′minutes
  • 18Rogic
    Substituted forSinclairat 60′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 10Dembele
    Substituted forGriffithsat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Simunovic
  • 7Roberts
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Sinclair
  • 22Edouard
  • 29Bain
  • 88Kouassi

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2TavernierBooked at 90mins
  • 40McCrorieBooked at 51mins
  • 33Martin
  • 3John
  • 48DochertyBooked at 48mins
  • 16Halliday
    Substituted forWindassat 41′minutes
  • 21Candeias
    Substituted forBruno Alvesat 53′minutes
  • 10DorransBooked at 64mins
    Substituted forHoltat 73′minutes
  • 28Murphy
  • 20MorelosBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 11Windass
  • 17Hodson
  • 22Bruno Alves
  • 23Holt
  • 25Alnwick
  • 26Cummings
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
49,729

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home4
Away14

Live Text

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Match ends, Celtic 4, Rangers 0.

Full Time

Posted at90’+4′

Second Half ends, Celtic 4, Rangers 0.

Booking

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James Tavernier (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at90′

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Posted at87′

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Posted at85′

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

Posted at83′

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Declan John.

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Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at83′

Foul by Greg Docherty (Rangers).

Substitution

Posted at79′

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Moussa Dembele.

Goal!

Posted at78′

Goal! Celtic 4, Rangers 0. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Posted at78′

Penalty Celtic. Patrick Roberts draws a foul in the penalty area.

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Penalty conceded by Jason Holt (Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Posted at73′

Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces James Forrest.

Substitution

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Substitution, Rangers. Jason Holt replaces Graham Dorrans.

Posted at72′

Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at72′

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Rangers).

Posted at71′

Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Posted at71′

Foul by Jamie Murphy (Rangers).

Posted at67′

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at67′

Foul by Bruno Alves (Rangers).

Posted at67′

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Posted at64′

Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Posted at64′

Graham Dorrans (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Posted at64′

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Posted at62′

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at62′

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Substitution

Posted at60′

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Sinclair replaces Tomas Rogic.

Posted at60′

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Posted at55′

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

Posted at55′

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

Posted at54′

Attempt saved. Bruno Alves (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Craig Gordon.

Posted at54′

Attempt saved. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Posted at53′

Substitution, Rangers. Bruno Alves replaces Daniel Candeias.

Goal!

Posted at52′

Goal! Celtic 3, Rangers 0. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Dismissal

Posted at51′

Ross McCrorie (Rangers) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Posted at50′

Penalty Celtic. Moussa Dembele draws a foul in the penalty area.

Posted at50′

Penalty conceded by Ross McCrorie (Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.


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