Celtic ease into 12th consecutive cup final
Ryan Christie celebrates his goal (pic: SNS Group)
Aberdeen 0 Celtic 2
Scottish Cup semi-final
Aberdeen’s hopes of ending a 30-year wait to lift the Scottish Cup was extinguished by two goals in five first-half minutes from Ryan Christie and Mohamed Elyounoussi.
That was enough for Celtic to move into their 12th consecutive domestic cup final and remain on track for a quadruple treble.
Celtic will return to Hampden on 20 December where they will meet a Hearts side who overcame Edinburgh rivals Hibernian 2-1 on Saturday.
Liam Boyce’s extra-time penalty sent the Championship side into the final for a second consecutive year after Hibs’ Kevin Nisbet saw an earlier spot-kick hit the bar. Craig Wighton’s fifth goal in four games broke the deadlock for Hearts, before Christian Doidge headed level.
After four games without a win, the holders were rarely troubled by an Aberdeen side who had held them to a draw last weekend and were hoping to go one step further in their quest for trophies.
But the Pittodrie side have now lost eight in a row against Celtic at Hampden, their last success being in 1992.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes thought the return of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard was crucial.
“The better team in first opening period won the game,” he said. “We had some good moments to score first and that’s important against a team like Celtic.”
Celtic manager Neil Lennon said his team was “achieving greatness as they go along and that sometimes gets overlooked at times. I am really proud of them.”
While Celtic were engaged in cup action, Rangers were doing their best to prevent Celtic achieving another treble winning season by squeezing a narrow 1-0 win at Kilmarnock in the Premiership. That moved them nine points clear of Celtic who have two games in hand.
Celtic: Christie (18′), Elyounoussi (23′)