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Tom Rogic opens floodgates as Celtic rout Rangers in Scottish FA Cup

There was a period when Old Firm fixtures, treacherous in nature, proved the most meaningful when en route to success. How times have changed.Celtic’s bid to win a domestic treble for the second time in as many seasons remains alive, with this 4-0 vict…

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Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Cup semi-final – live!

Curtis Main fires Motherwell past Aberdeen and into finalFeel free to email Daniel your thoughts or tweet @DanielHarris 1.50pm BST This will be the 51st square go in the Scottish Cup between Celtic and Rangers. Celtic have won 24, Rangers 16 with ten d…

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Curtis Main fires Motherwell past Aberdeen and into Scottish Cup final

Curtis Main struck twice as Motherwell swept Aberdeen aside 3-0 at Hampden Park to reach their second cup final of the season.Main and Ryan Bowman scored within two minutes of each other midway through the first half of the Scottish Cup semi-final, bef…

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Moussa Dembélé shines in Celtic’s Scottish Cup defeat of Morton

Moussa Dembélé’s second-half double and a late strike from substitute Odsonne Edouard gave holders Celtic a 3-0 William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Morton at Celtic Park.The well-organised Championship side proved stubborn and troublesome …

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Football League fixtures fall victim to snowy weather as freeze continues

Ipswich and Sheffield United make early postponementsSix League One games and most Scottish fixtures offTwelve of Saturday’s Football League fixtures have already been postponed as the freezing weather continues to bite. The non-league and Scottish pro…

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James Forrest scores hat-trick as Celtic edge Partick Thistle in Scottish Cup

James Forrest grabbed himself a hat-trick as Celtic overcame Partick 3-2 in their Scottish Cup fifth-round clash at Celtic Park.In a whirlwind start to the lunchtime encounter the Celtic winger scored twice in the opening 10 minutes before a mistake by…

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James Forrest sparks Celtic’s Scottish Cup romp against Brechin City

Holders Celtic eased into the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 5-0 home win over struggling Brechin.The visitors arrived bottom of the Championship without a league win all season and hopes of a shock result at Parkhead disappeared a…

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Fraserburgh hoping Rangers cup tie can help repair town’s image problem | Jake Warren

The Highland League team are out to create positive headlines for a town better known for its heroin epidemic than footballFraserburgh, or the Broch as locals refer to it, is a small town in north Aberdeenshire with a population just shy of 13,000. It …

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Brendan Rodgers targets European progress after Celtic’s domestic treble

• Manager warns ’We’re 10 times behind budget-wise. You have to be realistic’
• Rodgers wants to be in European competition in second half of season

No sooner had Celtic completed their domestic treble by defeating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final than discussion moved towards what exactly Brendan Rodgers can do next. Celtic are believed to be keen on four players – a centre-back, midfielder, winger and striker – as they plan for the new campaign.

Rodgers, who has seen his career rejuvenated in Glasgow, presided over a Celtic team that did not lose a domestic game all season; Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Hampden, where Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner, proved their toughest test. Rodgers speaks routinely about continuing improvement, with European football surely the true barometer of that. As the dust settled on Saturday’s win, Celtic’s manager warned competing with the Champions League’s elite is still a formidable challenge.

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Celtic strike at the last to beat Aberdeen in Scottish Cup final and win treble

Brendan Rodgers and Celtic are history makers. When anyone claims winning trophies in Scotland is akin to defeating a hamster at chess, this Scottish Cup final should be used as the perfect counter-point. Not that it mattered as Celtic celebrations got underway; an indelible mark as been entered into Scottish football’s record books.

It took a titanic battle with Aberdeen for Celtic to complete a clean sweep of domestic trophies. This is unprecedented territory for Celtic, with Rodgers only the third manager in the club’s illustrious history to win a treble. It was, though, impossible not to feel sorry for Derek McInnes and Aberdeen, who contributed so much to this final before quality – and fitness – told.

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Celtic v Aberdeen: Scottish Cup final – live!

2.59pm BST

The Aberdeen fans have a huge red and white tifo reading ‘STAND FREE’. There is pyro. There is smoke. You can tell they’re up for this!

2.58pm BST

The teams are in the tunnel. Handshakes between the managers. Cracking atmosphere out there. Will Celtic do this? Can Aberdeen? Out they come …

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Brendan Rodgers praises Aberdeen manager as Celtic seek historic treble

• Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes tipped for Sunderland job
• Celtic out to complete unbeaten season with win in Scottish Cup final

As he stands on the verge of history, Brendan Rodgers has urged Sunderland to move for Derek McInnes, the key figure standing between Celtic and that unprecedented achievement.

Should Celtic see off Aberdeen in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, they would complete an unbeaten domestic season and trophy treble. Intriguingly, Rodgers used his pre-match media duties to speak effusively of McInnes, the Aberdeen manager who features on the list of candidates to replace David Moyes at the Stadium of Light. A historic connection to the Sunderland chief executive, Martin Bain, is pertinent with regards to McInnes, as is a relatively paltry compensation payment in the region of £500,000.

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Brendan Rodgers praises Aberdeen manager as Celtic seek historic treble

• Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes tipped for Sunderland job
• Celtic out to complete unbeaten season with win in Scottish Cup final

As he stands on the verge of history, Brendan Rodgers has urged Sunderland to move for Derek McInnes, the key figure standing between Celtic and that unprecedented achievement.

Should Celtic see off Aberdeen in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, they would complete an unbeaten domestic season and trophy treble. Intriguingly, Rodgers used his pre-match media duties to speak effusively of McInnes, the Aberdeen manager who features on the list of candidates to replace David Moyes at the Stadium of Light. A historic connection to the Sunderland chief executive, Martin Bain, is pertinent with regards to McInnes, as is a relatively paltry compensation payment in the region of £500,000.

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FA Cup, Scottish Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points

Christian Benteke returns to haunt Liverpool, Wayne Rooney is up for the Manchester derby while Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers has a problem for next season

This is the first time Pep Guardiola has failed to win a trophy in any of his eight seasons as a manager and, however it is dressed up, that amounts to a crashing disappointing bearing in mind the level of expectation at Manchester City and their near-obsession with appointing him. A reasonable argument could be made that Guardiola would be facing the sack were it not for his record of 21 trophies in seven years at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and it will be intriguing to see what the club’s chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, makes of it in his usual end-of-season review. Mubarak described Manuel Pellegrini’s final season at the club, when City won the Capital One Cup, finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the semi‑finals of the Champions League, as the bare minimum. Guardiola’s team have accumulated more league points than the 32-game mark last season, 64 to 57, but they have regressed in every other way. “Next season we will be stronger,” Guardiola said. He had better be right because the people in charge in Abu Dhabi will not tolerate a repeat. Daniel Taylor

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Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Cup semi-final – live!

11.17am BST

Celtic: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Simunovic, Tierney; Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, McGregor, Sinclair; Dembele. Subs: Bailly, Griffiths, Gamboa, Rogic, Sviatchenko, Forrest, Kouassi.

Rangers: Foderingham; Tavernier, Bates, Wilson, Beerman; Holt, Halliday, Hyndman; Miller, Waghorn, Garner. Subs: Alnwick, Hill, Toral, McKay, Windass, Dodoo, Hodson.

11.13am BST

If you were a Celtic or Rangers fan, would you be getting an early lunch in here or pigging out well after the game? A lunchtime cup semi between these two is unlikely to be one for the faint of stomach so I’d opt for the latter – it’s not hard to envisage a see-sawing belter at Hampden and butterflies aplenty.

The stakes are, as ever, high but there’s another factor here – Celtic, who have been brilliant all season, are going for the treble and there is nothing their rivals would like to do more then stop them. The reinvention under Brendan Rodgers has been sensational; Rangers are looking for something similar under new now Pedro Caixinha but they are certainly underdogs here even if a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park last month halted a run of three defeats in the Old Firm derby this season.

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Hibs heartache as Darren McGregor own goal puts Aberdeen into Cup final

The only disappointment was that such a freak moment determined the outcome of an epic cup tie. Jonny Hayes’s long range shot, which would have carried no danger whatsoever for the Hibernian goalkeeper Ofir Marciano, benefitted from a wicked deflection off Darren McGregor before bouncing into the net.

Aberdeen thereby progressed to the Scottish Cup final by the odd goal in five but Hibs, last year’s winners and architects of a stirring recovery from 2-0 down here, emerge with great credit. The swell of support afforded to the Hibs players by those fans in green and white at full-time, and despite defeat, illustrated that much.

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Celtic v Rangers: breaking down the Scottish Cup semi-final clash

Moussa Dembélé looks to step up again, Pedro Caixinha can afford himself fresh status with an upset and referee Willie Collum faces a key juncture

It remains a point of fascination as to where Dembélé will continue his career and how much of the speculation as to how many tens of millions the Celtic striker should command by way of a transfer fee is borne out by reality. It is impossible to ignore the standard Dembélé plays against in Scotland but he clearly has the attributes to play at a considerably higher level.

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Celtic v Rangers: breaking down the Scottish Cup semi-final clash

Moussa Dembélé looks to step up again, Pedro Caixinha can afford himself fresh status with an upset and referee Willie Collum faces a key juncture

It remains a point of fascination as to where Dembélé will continue his career and how much of the speculation as to how many tens of millions the Celtic striker should command by way of a transfer fee is borne out by reality. It is impossible to ignore the standard Dembélé plays against in Scotland but he clearly has the attributes to play at a considerably higher level.

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Joe Garner’s hat-trick eases Rangers past Hamilton into semi-finals

Joe Garner scored a second-half hat-trick as Rangers reached the Scottish Cup semi-finals with a 6-0 thumping of Hamilton at Ibrox.

Rangers’ biggest win of the season came on the back of substitute Garner’s treble and efforts from Martyn Waghorn, Jon Toral and Clint Hill.

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Mousse Dembélé scores hat-trick as Celtic demolish Inverness

Moussa Dembélé hit his second hat-trick inside six days as Celtic took another emphatic step towards the treble with a 6-0 Scottish Cup victory over Inverness.

Dembélé had his treble wrapped up before the hour mark of a one-sided fifth-round tie after returning from a knee injury to lead Celtic’s second-half comeback against St Johnstone on Sunday.

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