History made at Hampden
Rogic pounces late to deliver Celtic treble
Aberdeen 1 Celtic 2 (h-t: 1-1)
Tom Rogic scored a minute into injury time to secure the treble for Celtic and break Aberdeen hearts in a pulsating cup final.
The Australian finally broke down the Dons’ resistance and some outstanding goalkeeping by Joe Lewis who pulled of a string of fine saves.
It marked an unbeaten season for Celtic in all competitions and is the club’s 37th Scottish Cup win and fourth time they have completed the treble.
Johnny Hayes gave Aberdeen an early lead against the Scottish Champions, though it lasted only two minutes when Stuart Armstrong equalised.
Aberdeen, who came in to the match in good form, took the match to the short-odds favourites and created most of the early goal-scoring opportunities.
Celtic’s Kieran Tierney was taken to hospital for a check up after suffering facial injuries in a clash with Jayden Stockley. He returned to join the celebrations and it was unclear if he had broken his jaw, or damaged his gums.
It was stated later that he may need surgery and could miss Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against England next month.
The first half of this final belonged to the Dons, coming into the game after losing their last five matches against Celtic. They showed early intent early in the second half but squandered a chance to take the lead for a second time. Hayes led a two-on-two attack but he turned his cross behind the advancing Kenny Mclean who was poised to score six yards from the goal.
On the hour Stockley was replaced by Adam Rooney as Dons coach Derek McInnes strengthened his attack.
Celtic began to press the Aberdeen defence and Patrick Roberts struck the post from 20 yards just after Lewis had palmed away a sweet strike from Armstrong. Boyata’s flying header flew just inches over the bar.
Twelve minutes before time McInnes replaced Niall McGinn with Anthony O’Connor.
Sinclair missed a sitter from four yards out when the ball became trapped under his foot.
After sustained pressure Celtic seemed the most likely to find a winner and it came from Rogic who sprinted into the right side of the penalty box and slipped the ball between Lewis and his left-hand post.
Patrick Roberts was brought off as Celtic beefed up their defence with the arrival of Erik Sviatchenko.
Scott Wright came on for the Dons, with Ryan Jack making way in the final seconds.
Hayes 9′ (Aberdeen)
Armstrong 11′ (Celtic)
Rogic 91′ (Celtic)