Bhoys too strong for Steelmen

20 May 2018 02:01:19 GMTPlus10

Celtic have completed an unprecedented domestic double treble by beating Motherwell 2-0 in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

The Bhoys swept the domestic board for a second successive season, having now won the Scottish league title in each of the last seven seasons.

Five minutes in the Bhoys launched a quickfire counter-attack which ended with Scott Brown seeing a cross towards Moussa Dembele cut out.

From the resulting corner Tom Rogic shot wide from just outside the area, but Celtic were ahead soon after as Callum McGregor won the ball on the edge of the area and cracked a right-foot half-volley into the corner of the net.

Dembele shot over and then headed a corner a couple of yards too high and the Bhoys went in search of a second goal.

And it duly arrived with 25 minutes played as Dembele laid the ball off to Olivier Ntcham and his low, right-foot shot found the bottom corner of the net with the aid of a slight deflection.

Early in the second half Craig Gordon was forced to tip over a Curtis Main effort as the Steelmen searched for a way back into the game.

Just past the hour mark Gordon was in the right place to deal with a stinging drive from Chris Cadden, while at the other end Trevor Carson made a fine double save to deny Dembele.

Ten minutes from time Gael Bigirimana was unlucky to see his 20-yard free-kick smack against the crossbar as Well came within inches of halving the deficit.

Celtic can now be backed 1.00 at to claim an eighth straight league title next season, with Rangers priced at 1.28 and Aberdeen 1.36.

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