Celtic 2-0 Rangers: Hoops cruise past sorry Gers into League Cup final

first_img Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths 1 Celtic dominated their reunion against fierce rivals Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park with a comfortable 2-0 victory.The Hoops capitalised on a frantic start when Leigh Griffiths diverted a searching cross from Stefan Johansen, and added a second before the break with Kris Commons’ sizzling effort.With Rangers failing to register a single shot on target throughout the match, Celtic’s place in the final against Dundee United never looked in doubt.The start of the match reciprocated the electric atmosphere inside Scotland’s national stadium, until Celtic took the lead after just ten minutes.Griffiths’ peeling run was well spotted by Johansen’s sumptuous delivery, before the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker nodded home from close range.The Bhoys continued to enjoy the majority of possession and capitalised on Rangers’ defensive mindset mid-way through the first half.Scott Brown – marauding through midfield – found Commons in space, and the 31-year-old sent the green half of Hampden into raptures with a stunning drive from 25 yards past Steve Simonsen.Celtic’s dominance aligned with Rangers’ lack of adventure and Ronny Deila’s side could have added a third before the interval, but Virgil van Dijk miscued an unmarked header over the crossbar.The Bhoys seemed content with their two-goal cushion and, with little threat coming from their Glasgow counterparts, looked happy to control proceedings rather than push for a third.And a laboured second half failed to deliver any clear-cut chances, although Lee McCulloch’s clash with John Guidetti did rouse a few supporters, as Celtic eased to victory and the Old Firm bragging rights.last_img

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