Scottish League Cup Final: Aberdeen v Celtic
Aberdeen and Celtic to clash in Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden Park on November 27
Celtic and Aberdeen have reached the Scottish League Cup Final with semi-final victories over the Rangers and Morton respectively. Celtic defeated the Rangers 0-1 in a straightforward win at Hampden Park in the first Old Firm Derby in years. Second-tier team Morton was defeated 0-2 by Aberdeen in their semi-final clash. The not-to-be-missed Scottish League Cup final will be held between Aberdeen and Celtic on November 27 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Great seats and authentic, affordable, legal, Scottish League Cup final tickets are for sale now online from the safe, secure, and easy to use LiveFootbalTickets.com football ticket marketplace!
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Rangers 0 - 1 Celtic
Moussa Dembele 87
Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé left it late to defeat Rangers in a rare Old Firm semi-final as he finished low past Rangers’ goalie Matt Gilks at Hampden Park. Looking formidable, Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side could conceivably earn a treble this campaign, and fans hopes are high for the club to continue their winning ways on the road to the top-flight Scottish club claiming a major domestic honor this season – maybe even three. At the very least, Rodgers is hoping to win a major trophy in November as he plots his strategy against Aberdeen to win the Scotland Leage Cup on Sunday.
The upcoming derby between the best two clubs in Scotland offers a chance to heal the wounds from Celtic’s Champions League defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach. “It has been a great start,” said Rodgers. “You can see this team’s mentality, their spirit and their skill. There is a huge desire to succeed here and the team is performing at the top level. But in order to put a stamp on that, you want to win trophies. In order to win those trophies, we have to get to cup finals.”
Celtic’s previous 5-1 stunning Scotland Premier League defeat of Rangers in September was a feather in manager Brendan Rodgers’ cap. Celtic recent Scotland League Cup semi-final match against Rangers was scoreless until the 87th-minute intervention of Moussa Dembélé, a player becoming increasingly popular with Celtic fans, who breached the Rangers’ resistance. Dembele combined brilliantly with Leigh Griffiths, before scoring the winner.
Rangers were well organized defensively. However In nine league matches, Rangers have scored only 11 times. Celtic French striker Dembélé cost a third of the transfer fee Rangers paid to Preston North End for Joe Garner, a forward introduced with 20 minutes to play in his debut. “The gap to Celtic is a lot more narrow than people think,” said Mark Warburton, Rangers manager who beat Celtic in last season’s Scottish Cup semi-final, Historically Old Firm fixtures have been tainted by fights amongst the players and supporters. This match was played in a great competitive spirit for a positive change. Of four yellow cards given out, only one was for a poor tackle.
Rangers winger Barrie McKay was penalized for diving. Dembélé was lucky to escape a caution for similar theatrics, after he threw himself to the turf between two Rangers defenders. Four minutes after the interval, referee Craig Thomson, denied Celtic’s Erik Sviatchenko’s header into the back of the Rangers’ net. The decision against Sviatchenko after he tangled with Holt was surprisingly harsh and controversial. Celtic continued their pressure as the clock ticked down. “We got the reward we thoroughly deserved,” said Rodgers. “It would have been nonsensical to quibble.”
Morton 0-2 Aberdeen
Adam Rooney 69
Kenny McLean 88
Adam Rooney scored Aberdeen’s opening goal of the game against Morton at Hampden Park at 69 minutes, followed by another goal by Aberdeen’s Kenny McLean to defeat Morton and book a place in the Scottish League final Old Firm match against Celtic on Sunday, a change for them after a history of being the victim in cups past to lower league opposition Bohemians, East Fife, Queen of the South and Queen’s Park. Since McInnes took office at Pittodrie in 2013, Aberdeen have improved their form and have high hopes of a victory against mighty Celtics, as Aberdeen have become a menacing side – one of the two top teams in Scottish football this season.
Scotland’s second tier team Morton battled their best and held Aberdeen from scoring for the majority of the game, but could not deliver an upset nor score no matter how hard they tried. Morton were composed and could have been ahead before half-time as striker Jai Quitongo eluded the Aberdeen defense when collecting an Andrew Murdoch pass. Quitongo had too much time and reduced his opportunity for an instinctive goal as he fired straight to the legs of the Aberdeen goalie Joe Lewis. At the end of the first half, Aberdeen’s Adam Rooney clipped the Morton crossbar with a header. At the start of the second half, Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn received a questionable booking for diving.
Aberdeen fans were rewarded with a 69th-minute winner as Andrew Considine headed an Andrew Shinnie cross into the path of Rooney, who then converted from three yards. Rooney appeared to be in an offside position when Considine knocked the ball forward. Aberdeen proceeded to earn a second as McGinn’s drive across goal was parried by McNeil to midfielder McLean who tapped into an unguarded net. Aberdeen returns to Hampden on Sunday seeking to claim the Scottish League Cup silverware for a second time in three seasons. Titan Scottish football club Celtic are in first place on the Scotland Premier League Table with 31 points to date; Aberdeen are in second with 21 points, Rangers are in third with 20 points; and Hearts and St. Johnstone are in fourth and fifth place respectively with 19 points apiece. Celtic face giant Spanish La Liga club Barcelona and Premier League club Manchester City in upcoming Champions League games that Scottish fans will not want to miss! Great Celtic football tickets in a wide range of prices are for sale now online at LiveFootballTickets.com!
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