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Silverware heads to Parkhead

Celtic conquer Dons to secure 100th trophy

sport-footballLeague Cup Final – Aberdeen 0 Celtic 3

Celtic claimed the first silverware of the domestic season – their 100th in the club’s history – and gave Brendan Rodgers his first trophy in a match which they never looked like losing.

Goals from Tom Rogic and James Forrest – his sixth of the campaign – and a penalty from Moussa Dembele exposed an Aberdeen defence that looked increasingly vulnerable as the afternoon wore on.

Aberdeen failed to live up to expectations that they could end Celtic’s unbeaten run.

The Dons came into the match on a run of eight wins from 10 games but they were outplayed by the League Champions, despite showing more grit and purpose in the second period.

Scott Brown controlled much of the match, while Aberdeen’s players struggled to maintain possession.

From the opening goal on 16 minutes there were few who doubted that Aberdeen would stop Celtic securing their 16th League Cup success.

Forrest made it two before half-time and Anthony O’Connor brought down the same player mid-way through the second period to allow Dembele to add to his personal tally of goals in every round of the competition.

Goals: Rogic 16′, Forrest 37′, Dembele (pen) 63′

Teams:

Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Taylor, O’Connor (Stockley 65′), Considine, Jack, Shinnie, Hayes (McGinn 71′), McLean, Maddison, Rooney (Burns 79′)

Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchenko, Izaguirre, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts (Bitton 65′), Rogic (McGregor 77′), Forrest (Griffiths 90+1), Dembele

Attendance: 49,629

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