Soccer: Celtic overpower very weak Rangers on way to Scottish Cup final

Celtic 2 Rangers 0

Celtic overpowered a very weak error-prone Rangers team at Hampden Park, Glasgow to book a ticket to a Scottish Cup final showdown against Aberdeen. A win against Aberdeen will give Celtic an historic domestic treble.

Rangers were shoved aside, on the road to the cup final, by two decisive moments.

Mousa Dembele set up midfielder Callum McGregor’s 11th minute well placed strike that put the Scottish champions in front during a first half totally dominated by Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic.

Scott Sinclair’s powerfully hit penalty added a second after Rangers’ James Tavernier had clearly fouled striker Leigh Griffiths.

Towards the end of the game, Celtic thinking it was too easy, took their foot off the gas. In this period Rangers finally managed to test goalkeeper Craig Gordon and Kenny Miller twice had efforts on target.

Rangers’s manager Pedro Caixinha must now consider what he needs to change to get a result against Celtic next week at Ibrox stadium. Another display like today’s will see them being soundly beaten.

Celtic have already won the League and the League Cup and will face the Aberdeen at Hampden Park on 27 May, hoping to complete a domestic treble their first since 2001.

Poor refereeing from Willie Collum

It was a very difficult day for referee Willie Collum, who had a very poor performance. Rangers’ Andy Halliday should have been sent off after a lunging tackle on Patrick Roberts early in the match.

Collum also turned a blind eye to numerous fouls by inept Maltese defender Myles Beerman on Roberts which should have seen the defender being sent off.

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