Celtic win Scottish Cup after Idah sinks Rangers with late strike to clinch double

celtic win scottish cup after idah sinks rangers with late strike to clinch double

Adam Idah fires in Celtic’s winner. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

The final meaningful act of the season proved the most painful one of all for Rangers. Celtic won the Scottish Cup in a manner none of their supporters will forget in a hurry.

Jack Butland, Rangers’ finest performer in this campaign, proved his team’s fall guy. The former England goalkeeper should probably have held a long range drive from Paulo Bernardo in the 90th minute at Hampden Park. What Butland absolutely could not do was bat the ball straight to the onrushing Adam Idah. Inexplicably, Butland handed Idah his opportunity. Celtic had precious few in this taut, tense final but took the one that mattered. Brendan Rodgers has secured a double in this, his first season back in Glasgow. Idah, a Norwich City loanee, has written his name into Celtic folklore.

In a game notable for the shortage of goalmouth opportunity, Rangers believed they had earned a second-half lead. Instead, the VAR correctly identified that Nico Raskin had pushed Joe Hart as James Tavernier swung in a corner. Abdallah Sima’s attempt from all of a yard therefore did not count.

Cameron Carter-Vickers cleared as a Raskin cross looked bound for Sima. Butland raced out too beat the marauding Daizen Maeda to the ball. Celtic looked fatigued but Rangers lacked conviction when within sight of goal. This was bound for extra time until Butland afforded Celtic assistance they hardly needed. Bernardo had been allowed to scamper 40 yards, unchallenged while carrying the ball. The scale of celebration – and Rangers’ dejection – told a story.

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