Celtic came from behind to top Hearts 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final, completing an unprecedented “treble-treble.” They are the first team in Scottish top flight history to win each of the league title, Scottish Cup, and League Cup in three straight seasons.
After a scoreless first half, Ryan Edwards put Hearts in front in the 52nd minute, pouncing on a messy backheel from Sean Clare and scoring the first goal Celtic had conceded all competition.
That jumpstarted the Glasgow giants, with an Odsonne Edouard double leading the way. His first came from the spot in the 62nd minute, just sneaking his penalty past Zdenek Zlamal for the equalizer before he won it with eight minutes to go. The moment came off a powerful Mikael Lustig header from near the halfway line that sprung Edouard free on goal, and the 21-year-old buried the one-on-one.
The victory gave Celtic its third major domestic trophy of the campaign for the third consecutive season, marking the historic achievement. Earlier in the season they had secured the league title by an eight-point margin and beaten Aberdeen 1-0 in the League Cup final, all despite losing manager Brendan Rodgers midway through the year to Leicester City, with Neil Lennon taking over and leading the finish.
Celtic has now won the Scottish Cup a record 39 times, with 50 league titles and 18 League Cups to go along with it.
As we await our first goal from Spurs-Leicester City, we’ve got a certified beauty north of the English border.
For those unfamiliar with the league, Scott Brown of Celtic is certified villain, possible lunatic, midfield monster, and one of the more terrifying people in the league.
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The Glaswegian veteran, 33, has 55 Scottish caps to go with more than 500 appearances for Celtic, having arrived at the club from Hibernian in 2007.
Brown’s first Celtic goal since Feb. 11, 2017, was an absolute belter, the midfielder tearing into this loose ball after a single touch in Sunday’s Scottish Cup game against St. Johnstone.
Saturday was a Scottish Cup day, and two Americans had memorable debuts in their new homes.
Tim Weah and Ian Harkes came off the bench for Celtic and Dundee United, respectively, in victories over lower league sides.
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Harkes did it in stoppage time to cap off United’s 4-0 win at Scottish League One side Montrose.
A 70th minute sub, Harkes scored in the fourth minute of stoppage when he finished across goal from the outside of the six.
Weah needed less time. The 18-year-old ran onto a through ball from Dedryck Boyata and poked it home 14 minutes after arriving on the scene against visiting Airdrieonians, also of Scottish League One.
Calm finish from the Paris Saint-Germain loanee.
Tom Rogic scored twice and Moussa Dembele converted a pair of penalties as Celtic knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup with a 4-0 semifinal win on Sunday at Hampden Park.
Celtic moves on to play Motherwell in the final on May 19.
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Celtic went ahead through Rogic, who made a strong cutback after a trio of good passes through the right of the box.
It was 2-0 through a fine Rogic finish again, the Australian taking advantage of a mishit clearance in the box which may as well have been a pass.
Ross McCrorie was sent off in the 51st minute after conceding a penalty, and Dembele converted to clinch another Old Firm Derby win for Celtic.
Celtic is enjoying another fine campaign in Scotland, and much of the team’s success can be attributed to the play of Scott Sinclair.
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The Englishman was at it again on Sunday during Celtic’s 3-0 Scottish Cup win over Albion Rovers when the 27-year-old curled an absolutely sublime effort into the top corner for the game’s opening goal.
The finish, Sinclair’s 13th of the season in all competitions, came after the winger picked up the ball on the left side of the Albion penalty area. Sinclair then proceeded to slot his dipping shot just under the bar and into the far post.
Celtic now moves on to the fifth round of this season’s tournament, joining the likes of Rangers and Aberdeen. In addition to the team’s success in the competition, the Bhoys have yet to lose a match in the Scottish Premier League this campaign (19 W, 1 D).