Full Time: Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen
Celtic made history on Saturday when they completed the domestic treble, after defeating Aberdeen 2-1 in a nail-biting finale at the Hampden Park, to clinch the Scottish Cup, having already won the League Cup and the Scottish Premiership.
It was the Dons who were off to a strong start and took a surprise lead in the 9th minute through Jonny Hayes’ volleyed effort, but Celtic bounced back two minutes later with Stuart Armstrong burying the ball into the back of the net with a low effort. It was total end to end action for the entire 90 minutes, but neither teams couldn’t find that elusive goal, until Tom Rogic produced a moment of sheer brilliance to score a magnificent individual goal in the added time to send the Bhoys’ fans into pandemonium.
With the treble, manager Brendan Rodgers became just the third manager to achieve such a feat for Celtic, after the legendary Jock Stein and Michael O’Neill. The Bhoys also finished the season without being beaten even once in the domestic competitions. Here are the player ratings for the Celtic stars:
Celtic Player Ratings
Craig Gordon – 7/10
Produced a double save to deny Ryan Jack and Niall McGinn in the 30th minute, before saving an effort from Jayden Stockley. Denied Graeme Shinnie in from close-range in the second period.
Mikael Lustig – 6/10
Did not start the game very well, but grew into it and offered great support to Patrick Roberts going forward. Missed two great chances to score in the second-half.
Jozo Simunovic – 7/10
Got straight into the act, making three important clearances in the early stages of the game. Apart from that one moment when he let Shinnie run past him, it was a solid outing from the defender.
Dedryck Boyata – 7/10
Strong in the air, but did allow Logan to get past him easily on an occasion, but produced several key blocks. Should have scored from a free header from a corner-kick.
Kieran Tierney – 6/10
Taken off in the 27th minute, after a flailing arm from Stockley caught him, leaving him bleeding from the mouth. Was beaten too easily by Hayes before the incident.
Scott Brown – 6/10
Not the captain’s best game as he was not allowed to get on the ball as much as would have liked due to Aberdeen’s incessant pressing. One poor pass almost ended up costing his team.
Stuart Armstrong – 7.5/10
Equalized soon after the Dons’ goal with a lovely strike from 25 yards out – his 17th goal of the season. Always looked to create chances when on the ball.
Patrick Roberts – 6.5/10
A quiet game for the Englishman who has been in devastating form of late. Worked very hard, played an excellent through ball to Armstrong and did strike the post, but wasn’t as effective.
Callum McGregor – 7/10
Started strongly and came close with a shot. Moved to left-back after Tierney was taken off. Did a solid job in defence, one challenge on Adam Rooney standing out particularly.
Scott Sinclair – 6/10
Should have done better with a chance on the stroke of half-time. Did manage to test the Dons’ stopper once, but missed two more easy chances from Leigh Griffiths’ crosses.
Leigh Griffiths – 7/10
Always caused problems with his crosses and set-piece deliveries. Came close to scoring on a few occasions.
Tom Rogic – 8/10
Replaced the injured Tierney in the 27th minute. Played some beautiful passes in behind the Aberdeen defence to play in Sinclair and Roberts. Produced the moment of the match with a brilliant individual goal late in the game to clinch it for his team.
Erik Sviatchenko – NA
Replaced Roberts for the final few moments.