Celtic 1-2 Rangers: Ibrox side come back to seal Scottish cup final meeting with Hearts

Scott Arfield equalises for Rangers
Scott Arfield’s goal 12 minutes from time levelled the tie and allowed Rangers to go on and win

Rangers will play Hearts in the final of the Scottish Cup on 21 May after coming from behind to beat Celtic in extra time of a relentless and pulsating Old Firm derby.

Celtic defender Carl Starfelt turned Calvin Bassey’s cross into his own net with five minutes of extra time left to send the blue end of Hampden wild.

It sealed an impressive turnaround for the Ibrox side, who fell behind to Greg Taylor’s goal in the second half before Scott Arfield equalised, and a chance at a first domestic cup for 10 years.

The rousing comeback also ends Celtic’s hopes of a fifth domestic treble in six seasons, having already won the League Cup this season and with a six-point lead in the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers’ performance was especially impressive given they were taken to extra-time on Thursday in their Europa League quarter-final against Braga, as they also stopped their rivals’ from making it 19 straight wins at Scotland’s national stadium.

  • Reaction & as it happened

With Hampden a cauldron of colour and noise, it was no surprise the game was filled with crunching tackles, mistakes, and nerve-shredding tension.

When the smoke which billowed from the pre-match pyrotechnics finally cleared, the action started and never really let up. Despite their European exploits, Rangers looked fresh as they shut down Celtic’s midfield and hampered their build up.

Joe Aribo had two headed chances to give them a deserved lead, and John Lundstram’s curling effort cracked a post as they came close to adding the gloss to a disciplined, if frantic, first period.

But Celtic, who have made Hampden their fortress in the last decade, came back in the second half when Callum McGregor’s quick free quick caught out Rangers, and Taylor fired beyond Jon McLaughlin with the help of a deflection off Bassey.

On an afternoon when Ange Postecoglou’s side looked less sure of themselves, they might have been 2-0 up and on course for the final had Cameron Carter-Vickers’ close-range shot cannoned off the bar.

But instead Arfield swept home the equaliser from James Tavernier’s cross with 12 minutes left, and from there it was Rangers who looked the side with more energy and intent heading into extra time, dismissing any notion they would fade.

Tavernier and Fashion Sakala were denied by Joe Hart in extra-time, before some quick thinking by Glen Kamara released Bassey down the left, and his low delivery was prodded by Starfelt beyond his own goalkeeper under pressure from Sakala.

The explosion of noise in the Rangers end was something to behold as their decade-long pain in the cups comes another step closer to ending after a game where they had to dig incredibly deep to get the job done.

Man of the match – John Lundstram

John Lundstram
The Rangers midfielder was everywhere and played a key role in shutting down Celtic in midfield

What did we learn?

After back-to-back derby defeats, Rangers ceded the league title advantage to Celtic and there was a general malaise about their domestic form, in stark contrast to their Europa League run.

But to get off the floor here, especially given they had won just two of their last 11 games at Hampden, with 120 minutes already in the legs from three days prior was a hugely impressive feat.

All of the substitutes made a huge contribution. Stevn Davis brought calm amid the storm and tired legs, Kamara’s quick thinking set up the goal, while Arfield scored and Sakala was the man who forced the winner.

That was in contrast to Celtic, who seemed to suffer when Stephen Welsh and Anthony Ralston came on in the full-back positions.

Matt O’Riley did make a difference, but overall this was a reminder there is work to do with their squad building. They also looked short of ideas when Rangers were able to shut them down for long spells.

They’ll need to quickly refocus with another derby to come in the league to make sure they press home their league advantage and end the season with the league title.

What’s next?

Celtic will look to re-affirm their six-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership next Sunday when they face Ross County in Dingwall (14:30 BST) while Rangers are scheduled to be away to Motherwell just before (12:00).

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  • Celtic
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Celtic

Starting XI

  1. Squad number15Player nameHart
    Average rating

    4.90

  2. Squad number88Player nameJuranovic
    Average rating

    4.38

  3. Squad number20Player nameCarter-Vickers
    Average rating

    4.75

  4. Squad number4Player nameStarfelt
    Average rating

    4.64

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    4.49

  6. Squad number18Player nameRogic
    Average rating

    3.94

  7. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor
    Average rating

    4.60

  8. Squad number41Player nameHatate
    Average rating

    4.05

  9. Squad number11Player nameAbada
    Average rating

    4.04

  10. Squad number38Player nameMaeda
    Average rating

    4.22

  11. Squad number17Player nameJota
    Average rating

    4.12

Substitutes

  1. Squad number8Player nameFuruhashi
    Average rating

    3.78

  2. Squad number14Player nameTurnbull
    Average rating

    3.30

  3. Squad number33Player nameO’Riley
    Average rating

    3.83

  4. Squad number49Player nameForrest
    Average rating

    3.13

  5. Squad number56Player nameRalston
    Average rating

    3.65

  6. Squad number57Player nameWelsh
    Average rating

    3.14

Rangers

Starting XI

  1. Squad number33Player nameMcLaughlin
    Average rating

    7.67

  2. Squad number2Player nameTavernier
    Average rating

    8.01

  3. Squad number6Player nameGoldson
    Average rating

    7.68

  4. Squad number3Player nameBassey
    Average rating

    7.80

  5. Squad number31Player nameBarisic
    Average rating

    7.80

  6. Squad number8Player nameJack
    Average rating

    7.66

  7. Squad number4Player nameLundstram
    Average rating

    8.20

  8. Squad number16Player nameRamsey
    Average rating

    7.35

  9. Squad number17Player nameAyodele-Aribo
    Average rating

    7.46

  10. Squad number14Player nameKent
    Average rating

    7.67

  11. Squad number25Player nameRoofe
    Average rating

    7.77

Substitutes

  1. Squad number10Player nameDavis
    Average rating

    8.10

  2. Squad number18Player nameKamara
    Average rating

    7.74

  3. Squad number23Player nameWright
    Average rating

    7.60

  4. Squad number26Player nameBalogun
    Average rating

    7.78

  5. Squad number30Player nameSakala
    Average rating

    7.92

  6. Squad number37Player nameArfield
    Average rating

    8.39

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

  • 15Hart
  • 88JuranovicSubstituted forRalstonat 67′minutesBooked at 120mins
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 4Starfelt
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forWelshat 90′minutes
  • 18RogicSubstituted forFuruhashiat 58′minutes
  • 42McGregorBooked at 40mins
  • 41HatateSubstituted forTurnbullat 109′minutes
  • 11AbadaSubstituted forO’Rileyat 58′minutes
  • 38MaedaSubstituted forForrestat 90′minutes
  • 17Neves Filipe

Substitutes

  • 2Jullien
  • 8Furuhashi
  • 14Turnbull
  • 16McCarthy
  • 19Johnston
  • 21Ideguchi
  • 29Bain
  • 33O’Riley
  • 49Forrest
  • 56Ralston
  • 57Welsh

Rangers

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33McLaughlin
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6GoldsonBooked at 72mins
  • 3BasseyBooked at 117mins
  • 31BarisicSubstituted forBalogunat 109′minutes
  • 8JackBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDavisat 75′minutes
  • 4LundstramSubstituted forKamaraat 102′minutes
  • 16RamseySubstituted forWrightat 43′minutes
  • 17Ayodele-AriboBooked at 36minsSubstituted forArfieldat 75′minutes
  • 14Kent
  • 25RoofeBooked at 49minsSubstituted forSakalaat 109′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McGregor
  • 9Diallo
  • 10Davis
  • 18Kamara
  • 19Sands
  • 23Wright
  • 26Balogun
  • 30Sakala
  • 37Arfield
  • 51Lowry
  • 61King
Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home22
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 1, Rangers 2.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Celtic 1, Rangers 2.

  3. Post update

    Ryan Kent (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Carter-Vickers (Celtic).

  5. Post update

    Glen Kamara (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matt O’Riley (Celtic).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Kent (Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Wright.

  8. Booking

    Anthony Ralston (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Scott Arfield (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Ralston (Celtic).

  11. Post update

    Steven Davis (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by David Turnbull (Celtic).

  13. Booking

    Calvin Bassey (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Stephen Welsh.

  15. Goal!

    Own Goal by Carl Starfelt, Celtic. Celtic 1, Rangers 2.

  16. Post update

    Ryan Kent (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Welsh (Celtic).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Bassey (Rangers).

  19. Post update

    James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

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