Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Celtic into Scottish Cup final, on course for another treble

Celtic into Scottish Cup final, on course for another treble

Rangers man Ross McCrorie was dismissed in the 51st minute, which essentially killed off all hope for them.

Asked about his appetite for staying on, he said: "I am not going to talk about my role, I think it would be churlish and selfish in the extreme to talk about my own situation in the rawness of that". We were good defensively and were a threat going forward. We didn't put them under enough pressure and allowed them to play through us too easily. All four goals were easily avoidable through just basic, good defending. They are a very honest team, they work very hard but we know that when we turn up and play, it gives us a great chance.

'It seems to be the case at times that we've had really good opportunities to claw something back from the game and we haven't managed to do it. I don't think we got close enough to them.

"We like coming here, it's a good pitch for us".

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"In the first-half, we were very dominant and in control, so I'm very pleased".

Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday, back in the starting line-up, vented his frustration at being removed five minutes before the interval, replaced by Josh Windass.

"I wouldn't have been happy if I was taken off". "I completely understand his frustration". We wanted to get a different shape to the team, and Josh fitted that bill.

Brendan Rodgers' side will now face Motherwell, who beat Aberdeen 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, in the final on May 19.

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"Afterwards here was emotion, anger, disappointment - all the things you wuld expect after a game like that It's about putting all of them into positives to power you through to the end of the season".

Well, maybe so, and it still generates its energy and noise, but Celtic have reduced it to a playful game of cat-and-mouse.

"We were just passive. There are big games ahead of us and we need to make sure we get a response between now and the end of the season, if we want to finish as we should". Two second-half penalties from Moussa Dembele and Olivier Ntcham added gloss to the scoreline for the Bhoys.

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