Celtic strike late to beat Rangers in edgy cup final

Celtic completed a league and cup double as Adam Idah’s dramatic 90th-minute winner downed rivals Rangers and won the Scottish Cup.

After a nervy and tetchy game with precious few clear chances, Idah pounced from six yards when Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland parried Paulo Bernardo’s fierce drive.

The goal sent the green and white half of Hampden Park wild and provided the perfect sucker punch to a Rangers side who had the better of the second half.

After an hour, half-time substitute Abdallah Sima thought he had given Rangers the lead after kneeing home on the goalline after James Tavernier’s dangerous corner.

But the goal was overturned when referee Nick Walsh was sent to the monitor after VAR John Beaton spotted a push on Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart by Nicolas Raskin.

With Rangers not having scored the opening goal in any of the previous four derbies this season, while losing three and drawing one, it felt like a turning point.

However, the Scottish Premiership champions – having failed to test Butland for most of the afternoon – did what they so often do. Come up with a decisive moment.

It came from Bernardo initially. But it was his driving run and shot from deep which forced the usually reliable Butland into pushing the ball into the middle of the box, and Idah pounced to seal consecutive Scottish Cup triumphs.

Credit: bbc.com



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