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Arsenal are split over who they want to replace Arsene Wenger as the club step up their search for his successor. This is expected to be Wenger’s final season in charge at the Emirates, even if Arsenal win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League. Attention is now turning to how Wenger will be replaced, with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and chief executive Ivan Gazidis all working on the succession plan. Spanish sources claim that Sanllehi’s favoured candidate is Luis Enrique, who he worked with successfully at Barcelona. Enrique won two La Liga titles and the Champions League while in charge of Barcelona and is keen to resume his managerial career in England when he completes his year-long sabbatical. The Spaniard has also been linked with Chelsea, but his wage demands, which are said to top £10 million-a-year, could put off both clubs. Luis Enrique, who is keen on managing in England, has been linked with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Mislintat is believed to be concentrating his attention in Germany. He is a big fan of 30-year-old Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann and Shalke’s Domenico Tedesco, who is just two years older. A picture emerged of Mislintat at Shalke’s 2-0 victory over his former club Borussia Dortmund over the weekend and Tedesco’s team are second in the Bundesliga table. Hoffenheim are four places back in sixth and Nagelsmann’s work in his two-and-a-half years in charge have earned him a reputation for being one of the best young coaches in Europe. Gazidis is known to be a big admirer of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who is also somebody Sanllehi rates, and is impressed by the work of Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers. Arsenal ideally want a younger man to replace 68-year-old Wenger and Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis will all work together to try to find common ground on exactly who should make their shortlist. Brendan Rodgers is another manager who has been touted as a possible replacement for Wenger Credit: Getty Images But that will not be an easy job with each man favouring different candidates and working to their own agendas. Arsenal’s determination to ensure Wenger is given a respectful exit also complicates the process over finding his successor, as the club do not want to be seen to be approaching candidates while the Frenchman is in post. That means that while other clubs are openly speaking with managers and their agents, the Gunners are having to tread carefully and act discreetly. Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will ultimately have the final say on who replaces Wenger and he will also listen to advice from his son Josh. But both Kroenke’s will rely heavily on the advice of Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis. It is a similar scenario in terms of player recruitment with agents and middle men currently unsure who has casting vote in terms of summer transfer targets. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs Arsenal want a goalkeeper, a central defender and a midfielder to bolster their squad, but there is a level of confusion from outside the club over who is in charge. Agents have traditionally either gone direct to Wenger or approached Dick Law, who this season stepped down from his job that saw him directly involved in player recruitment and contracts. Mislintat and Gazidis took the lead during the January transfer window, as the pair were pictured in Germany to negotiate the club record transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mislintat recommended Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsenal split on who they want to succeed Arsene Wenger
Arsenal are split over who they want to replace Arsene Wenger as the club step up their search for his successor. This is expected to be Wenger’s final season in charge at the Emirates, even if Arsenal win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League. Attention is now turning to how Wenger will be replaced, with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and chief executive Ivan Gazidis all working on the succession plan. Spanish sources claim that Sanllehi’s favoured candidate is Luis Enrique, who he worked with successfully at Barcelona. Enrique won two La Liga titles and the Champions League while in charge of Barcelona and is keen to resume his managerial career in England when he completes his year-long sabbatical. The Spaniard has also been linked with Chelsea, but his wage demands, which are said to top £10 million-a-year, could put off both clubs. Luis Enrique, who is keen on managing in England, has been linked with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Mislintat is believed to be concentrating his attention in Germany. He is a big fan of 30-year-old Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann and Shalke’s Domenico Tedesco, who is just two years older. A picture emerged of Mislintat at Shalke’s 2-0 victory over his former club Borussia Dortmund over the weekend and Tedesco’s team are second in the Bundesliga table. Hoffenheim are four places back in sixth and Nagelsmann’s work in his two-and-a-half years in charge have earned him a reputation for being one of the best young coaches in Europe. Gazidis is known to be a big admirer of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who is also somebody Sanllehi rates, and is impressed by the work of Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers. Arsenal ideally want a younger man to replace 68-year-old Wenger and Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis will all work together to try to find common ground on exactly who should make their shortlist. Brendan Rodgers is another manager who has been touted as a possible replacement for Wenger Credit: Getty Images But that will not be an easy job with each man favouring different candidates and working to their own agendas. Arsenal’s determination to ensure Wenger is given a respectful exit also complicates the process over finding his successor, as the club do not want to be seen to be approaching candidates while the Frenchman is in post. That means that while other clubs are openly speaking with managers and their agents, the Gunners are having to tread carefully and act discreetly. Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will ultimately have the final say on who replaces Wenger and he will also listen to advice from his son Josh. But both Kroenke’s will rely heavily on the advice of Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis. It is a similar scenario in terms of player recruitment with agents and middle men currently unsure who has casting vote in terms of summer transfer targets. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs Arsenal want a goalkeeper, a central defender and a midfielder to bolster their squad, but there is a level of confusion from outside the club over who is in charge. Agents have traditionally either gone direct to Wenger or approached Dick Law, who this season stepped down from his job that saw him directly involved in player recruitment and contracts. Mislintat and Gazidis took the lead during the January transfer window, as the pair were pictured in Germany to negotiate the club record transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mislintat recommended Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsenal are split over who they want to replace Arsene Wenger as the club step up their search for his successor. This is expected to be Wenger’s final season in charge at the Emirates, even if Arsenal win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League. Attention is now turning to how Wenger will be replaced, with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and chief executive Ivan Gazidis all working on the succession plan. Spanish sources claim that Sanllehi’s favoured candidate is Luis Enrique, who he worked with successfully at Barcelona. Enrique won two La Liga titles and the Champions League while in charge of Barcelona and is keen to resume his managerial career in England when he completes his year-long sabbatical. The Spaniard has also been linked with Chelsea, but his wage demands, which are said to top £10 million-a-year, could put off both clubs. Luis Enrique, who is keen on managing in England, has been linked with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Mislintat is believed to be concentrating his attention in Germany. He is a big fan of 30-year-old Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann and Shalke’s Domenico Tedesco, who is just two years older. A picture emerged of Mislintat at Shalke’s 2-0 victory over his former club Borussia Dortmund over the weekend and Tedesco’s team are second in the Bundesliga table. Hoffenheim are four places back in sixth and Nagelsmann’s work in his two-and-a-half years in charge have earned him a reputation for being one of the best young coaches in Europe. Gazidis is known to be a big admirer of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who is also somebody Sanllehi rates, and is impressed by the work of Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers. Arsenal ideally want a younger man to replace 68-year-old Wenger and Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis will all work together to try to find common ground on exactly who should make their shortlist. Brendan Rodgers is another manager who has been touted as a possible replacement for Wenger Credit: Getty Images But that will not be an easy job with each man favouring different candidates and working to their own agendas. Arsenal’s determination to ensure Wenger is given a respectful exit also complicates the process over finding his successor, as the club do not want to be seen to be approaching candidates while the Frenchman is in post. That means that while other clubs are openly speaking with managers and their agents, the Gunners are having to tread carefully and act discreetly. Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will ultimately have the final say on who replaces Wenger and he will also listen to advice from his son Josh. But both Kroenke’s will rely heavily on the advice of Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis. It is a similar scenario in terms of player recruitment with agents and middle men currently unsure who has casting vote in terms of summer transfer targets. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs Arsenal want a goalkeeper, a central defender and a midfielder to bolster their squad, but there is a level of confusion from outside the club over who is in charge. Agents have traditionally either gone direct to Wenger or approached Dick Law, who this season stepped down from his job that saw him directly involved in player recruitment and contracts. Mislintat and Gazidis took the lead during the January transfer window, as the pair were pictured in Germany to negotiate the club record transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mislintat recommended Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsenal split on who they want to succeed Arsene Wenger
Arsenal are split over who they want to replace Arsene Wenger as the club step up their search for his successor. This is expected to be Wenger’s final season in charge at the Emirates, even if Arsenal win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League. Attention is now turning to how Wenger will be replaced, with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and chief executive Ivan Gazidis all working on the succession plan. Spanish sources claim that Sanllehi’s favoured candidate is Luis Enrique, who he worked with successfully at Barcelona. Enrique won two La Liga titles and the Champions League while in charge of Barcelona and is keen to resume his managerial career in England when he completes his year-long sabbatical. The Spaniard has also been linked with Chelsea, but his wage demands, which are said to top £10 million-a-year, could put off both clubs. Luis Enrique, who is keen on managing in England, has been linked with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Mislintat is believed to be concentrating his attention in Germany. He is a big fan of 30-year-old Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann and Shalke’s Domenico Tedesco, who is just two years older. A picture emerged of Mislintat at Shalke’s 2-0 victory over his former club Borussia Dortmund over the weekend and Tedesco’s team are second in the Bundesliga table. Hoffenheim are four places back in sixth and Nagelsmann’s work in his two-and-a-half years in charge have earned him a reputation for being one of the best young coaches in Europe. Gazidis is known to be a big admirer of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who is also somebody Sanllehi rates, and is impressed by the work of Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers. Arsenal ideally want a younger man to replace 68-year-old Wenger and Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis will all work together to try to find common ground on exactly who should make their shortlist. Brendan Rodgers is another manager who has been touted as a possible replacement for Wenger Credit: Getty Images But that will not be an easy job with each man favouring different candidates and working to their own agendas. Arsenal’s determination to ensure Wenger is given a respectful exit also complicates the process over finding his successor, as the club do not want to be seen to be approaching candidates while the Frenchman is in post. That means that while other clubs are openly speaking with managers and their agents, the Gunners are having to tread carefully and act discreetly. Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will ultimately have the final say on who replaces Wenger and he will also listen to advice from his son Josh. But both Kroenke’s will rely heavily on the advice of Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis. It is a similar scenario in terms of player recruitment with agents and middle men currently unsure who has casting vote in terms of summer transfer targets. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs Arsenal want a goalkeeper, a central defender and a midfielder to bolster their squad, but there is a level of confusion from outside the club over who is in charge. Agents have traditionally either gone direct to Wenger or approached Dick Law, who this season stepped down from his job that saw him directly involved in player recruitment and contracts. Mislintat and Gazidis took the lead during the January transfer window, as the pair were pictured in Germany to negotiate the club record transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mislintat recommended Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsenal are split over who they want to replace Arsene Wenger as the club step up their search for his successor. This is expected to be Wenger’s final season in charge at the Emirates, even if Arsenal win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League. Attention is now turning to how Wenger will be replaced, with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and chief executive Ivan Gazidis all working on the succession plan. Spanish sources claim that Sanllehi’s favoured candidate is Luis Enrique, who he worked with successfully at Barcelona. Enrique won two La Liga titles and the Champions League while in charge of Barcelona and is keen to resume his managerial career in England when he completes his year-long sabbatical. The Spaniard has also been linked with Chelsea, but his wage demands, which are said to top £10 million-a-year, could put off both clubs. Luis Enrique, who is keen on managing in England, has been linked with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Mislintat is believed to be concentrating his attention in Germany. He is a big fan of 30-year-old Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann and Shalke’s Domenico Tedesco, who is just two years older. A picture emerged of Mislintat at Shalke’s 2-0 victory over his former club Borussia Dortmund over the weekend and Tedesco’s team are second in the Bundesliga table. Hoffenheim are four places back in sixth and Nagelsmann’s work in his two-and-a-half years in charge have earned him a reputation for being one of the best young coaches in Europe. Gazidis is known to be a big admirer of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who is also somebody Sanllehi rates, and is impressed by the work of Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers. Arsenal ideally want a younger man to replace 68-year-old Wenger and Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis will all work together to try to find common ground on exactly who should make their shortlist. Brendan Rodgers is another manager who has been touted as a possible replacement for Wenger Credit: Getty Images But that will not be an easy job with each man favouring different candidates and working to their own agendas. Arsenal’s determination to ensure Wenger is given a respectful exit also complicates the process over finding his successor, as the club do not want to be seen to be approaching candidates while the Frenchman is in post. That means that while other clubs are openly speaking with managers and their agents, the Gunners are having to tread carefully and act discreetly. Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will ultimately have the final say on who replaces Wenger and he will also listen to advice from his son Josh. But both Kroenke’s will rely heavily on the advice of Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis. It is a similar scenario in terms of player recruitment with agents and middle men currently unsure who has casting vote in terms of summer transfer targets. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs Arsenal want a goalkeeper, a central defender and a midfielder to bolster their squad, but there is a level of confusion from outside the club over who is in charge. Agents have traditionally either gone direct to Wenger or approached Dick Law, who this season stepped down from his job that saw him directly involved in player recruitment and contracts. Mislintat and Gazidis took the lead during the January transfer window, as the pair were pictured in Germany to negotiate the club record transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mislintat recommended Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Arsenal split on who they want to succeed Arsene Wenger
Arsenal are split over who they want to replace Arsene Wenger as the club step up their search for his successor. This is expected to be Wenger’s final season in charge at the Emirates, even if Arsenal win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League. Attention is now turning to how Wenger will be replaced, with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and chief executive Ivan Gazidis all working on the succession plan. Spanish sources claim that Sanllehi’s favoured candidate is Luis Enrique, who he worked with successfully at Barcelona. Enrique won two La Liga titles and the Champions League while in charge of Barcelona and is keen to resume his managerial career in England when he completes his year-long sabbatical. The Spaniard has also been linked with Chelsea, but his wage demands, which are said to top £10 million-a-year, could put off both clubs. Luis Enrique, who is keen on managing in England, has been linked with Arsenal Credit: Getty Images Mislintat is believed to be concentrating his attention in Germany. He is a big fan of 30-year-old Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann and Shalke’s Domenico Tedesco, who is just two years older. A picture emerged of Mislintat at Shalke’s 2-0 victory over his former club Borussia Dortmund over the weekend and Tedesco’s team are second in the Bundesliga table. Hoffenheim are four places back in sixth and Nagelsmann’s work in his two-and-a-half years in charge have earned him a reputation for being one of the best young coaches in Europe. Gazidis is known to be a big admirer of former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, who is also somebody Sanllehi rates, and is impressed by the work of Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers. Arsenal ideally want a younger man to replace 68-year-old Wenger and Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis will all work together to try to find common ground on exactly who should make their shortlist. Brendan Rodgers is another manager who has been touted as a possible replacement for Wenger Credit: Getty Images But that will not be an easy job with each man favouring different candidates and working to their own agendas. Arsenal’s determination to ensure Wenger is given a respectful exit also complicates the process over finding his successor, as the club do not want to be seen to be approaching candidates while the Frenchman is in post. That means that while other clubs are openly speaking with managers and their agents, the Gunners are having to tread carefully and act discreetly. Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke will ultimately have the final say on who replaces Wenger and he will also listen to advice from his son Josh. But both Kroenke’s will rely heavily on the advice of Sanllehi, Mislintat and Gazidis. It is a similar scenario in terms of player recruitment with agents and middle men currently unsure who has casting vote in terms of summer transfer targets. Premier League and Football League relegation, promotion and play-offs Arsenal want a goalkeeper, a central defender and a midfielder to bolster their squad, but there is a level of confusion from outside the club over who is in charge. Agents have traditionally either gone direct to Wenger or approached Dick Law, who this season stepped down from his job that saw him directly involved in player recruitment and contracts. Mislintat and Gazidis took the lead during the January transfer window, as the pair were pictured in Germany to negotiate the club record transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mislintat recommended Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The youngster put up an all-round performance against Graeme Murty’s men and the 27-year-old has praised the attacker’s effort
‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths
The youngster put up an all-round performance against Graeme Murty’s men and the 27-year-old has praised the attacker’s effort
<p>‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths</p>
‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

<p>‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths</p>
‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

The youngster put up an all-round performance against Graeme Murty’s men and the 27-year-old has praised the attacker’s effort
‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths
The youngster put up an all-round performance against Graeme Murty’s men and the 27-year-old has praised the attacker’s effort
<p>‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths</p>
‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

The youngster put up an all-round performance against Graeme Murty’s men and the 27-year-old has praised the attacker’s effort
‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths
The youngster put up an all-round performance against Graeme Murty’s men and the 27-year-old has praised the attacker’s effort
<p>‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths</p>
‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths

The youngster put up an all-round performance against Graeme Murty’s men and the 27-year-old has praised the attacker’s effort
‘Moussa Dembele is a joy to watch’ - Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths
The youngster put up an all-round performance against Graeme Murty’s men and the 27-year-old has praised the attacker’s effort
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Rangers have suspended club captain Lee Wallace and experienced striker Kenny Miller amid the fall-out of their 4-0 defeat by Celtic. The pair were called to a disciplinary meeting at Ibrox on Tuesday morning amid claims they undermined manager Graeme Murty during a heated post-match analysis of Sunday&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final. A statement on the club&#39;s official Twitter account read: &quot;Rangers can confirm two players, Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller, have this morning been suspended pending investigation into a team related incident. &quot;The club will make no further comment until this investigation has been completed.&quot; Neither player featured in the game. Miller, 38, is in the final weeks of his contract and was an unused substitute while club captain Wallace was not in the squad. Rangers can confirm two players, Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller, have this morning been suspended pending investigation into a team related incident. The club will make no further comment until this investigation has been completed.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 17, 2018 The left-back, who has a year left on his deal, has not played since September but has been closing in on a comeback following groin surgery. There were more signs of internal strife at Hampden with both Andy Halliday and Daniel Candeias reacting angrily after being substituted, before Alfredo Morelos and Greg Docherty were seen shouting at each other as they left the pitch. Murty only has a deal as Rangers boss until the summer and was given little reassurance he would be kept on in a statement to fans by chairman Dave King last week.
Rangers suspend Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace over dressing room bust-up after Celtic defeat
Rangers have suspended club captain Lee Wallace and experienced striker Kenny Miller amid the fall-out of their 4-0 defeat by Celtic. The pair were called to a disciplinary meeting at Ibrox on Tuesday morning amid claims they undermined manager Graeme Murty during a heated post-match analysis of Sunday's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final. A statement on the club's official Twitter account read: "Rangers can confirm two players, Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller, have this morning been suspended pending investigation into a team related incident. "The club will make no further comment until this investigation has been completed." Neither player featured in the game. Miller, 38, is in the final weeks of his contract and was an unused substitute while club captain Wallace was not in the squad. Rangers can confirm two players, Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller, have this morning been suspended pending investigation into a team related incident. The club will make no further comment until this investigation has been completed.— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 17, 2018 The left-back, who has a year left on his deal, has not played since September but has been closing in on a comeback following groin surgery. There were more signs of internal strife at Hampden with both Andy Halliday and Daniel Candeias reacting angrily after being substituted, before Alfredo Morelos and Greg Docherty were seen shouting at each other as they left the pitch. Murty only has a deal as Rangers boss until the summer and was given little reassurance he would be kept on in a statement to fans by chairman Dave King last week.
<p>Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan &#39;long term&#39; at Celtic</p>
Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic

Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic

<p>Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan &#39;long term&#39; at Celtic</p>
Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic

Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic

The highly-rated full-back continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, but he has not long since committed to a six-year contract at Parkhead
Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic
The highly-rated full-back continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, but he has not long since committed to a six-year contract at Parkhead
The highly-rated full-back continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, but he has not long since committed to a six-year contract at Parkhead
Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic
The highly-rated full-back continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, but he has not long since committed to a six-year contract at Parkhead
<p>Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan &#39;long term&#39; at Celtic</p>
Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic

Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic

<p>Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan &#39;long term&#39; at Celtic</p>
Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic

Tierney ignores Man Utd transfer talk to plan 'long term' at Celtic

In ancient times, there were seven sacred scrolls believed to grant power and prosperity to those who possessed them. Prophecy told that a child born in pure Royal blood would one day harness power and rule over the nations. As men fought to claim the scrolls, Europe was pushed to the brink of war. In order to maintain peace, a Celtic king, the father of a pure-blood child, obtained the scrolls and gave them to the Christian Council for safekeeping. As word of the king&#39;s actions spread, a warlor
Viking Legacy
In ancient times, there were seven sacred scrolls believed to grant power and prosperity to those who possessed them. Prophecy told that a child born in pure Royal blood would one day harness power and rule over the nations. As men fought to claim the scrolls, Europe was pushed to the brink of war. In order to maintain peace, a Celtic king, the father of a pure-blood child, obtained the scrolls and gave them to the Christian Council for safekeeping. As word of the king's actions spread, a warlor
In ancient times, there were seven sacred scrolls believed to grant power and prosperity to those who possessed them. Prophecy told that a child born in pure Royal blood would one day harness power and rule over the nations. As men fought to claim the scrolls, Europe was pushed to the brink of war. In order to maintain peace, a Celtic king, the father of a pure-blood child, obtained the scrolls and gave them to the Christian Council for safekeeping. As word of the king&#39;s actions spread, a warlor
Viking Legacy
In ancient times, there were seven sacred scrolls believed to grant power and prosperity to those who possessed them. Prophecy told that a child born in pure Royal blood would one day harness power and rule over the nations. As men fought to claim the scrolls, Europe was pushed to the brink of war. In order to maintain peace, a Celtic king, the father of a pure-blood child, obtained the scrolls and gave them to the Christian Council for safekeeping. As word of the king's actions spread, a warlor
In ancient times, there were seven sacred scrolls believed to grant power and prosperity to those who possessed them. Prophecy told that a child born in pure Royal blood would one day harness power and rule over the nations. As men fought to claim the scrolls, Europe was pushed to the brink of war. In order to maintain peace, a Celtic king, the father of a pure-blood child, obtained the scrolls and gave them to the Christian Council for safekeeping. As word of the king's actions spread, a warlor
Viking Legacy
In ancient times, there were seven sacred scrolls believed to grant power and prosperity to those who possessed them. Prophecy told that a child born in pure Royal blood would one day harness power and rule over the nations. As men fought to claim the scrolls, Europe was pushed to the brink of war. In order to maintain peace, a Celtic king, the father of a pure-blood child, obtained the scrolls and gave them to the Christian Council for safekeeping. As word of the king's actions spread, a warlor
In ancient times, there were seven sacred scrolls believed to grant power and prosperity to those who possessed them. Prophecy told that a child born in pure Royal blood would one day harness power and rule over the nations. As men fought to claim the scrolls, Europe was pushed to the brink of war. In order to maintain peace, a Celtic king, the father of a pure-blood child, obtained the scrolls and gave them to the Christian Council for safekeeping. As word of the king&#39;s actions spread, a warlor
Viking Legacy
In ancient times, there were seven sacred scrolls believed to grant power and prosperity to those who possessed them. Prophecy told that a child born in pure Royal blood would one day harness power and rule over the nations. As men fought to claim the scrolls, Europe was pushed to the brink of war. In order to maintain peace, a Celtic king, the father of a pure-blood child, obtained the scrolls and gave them to the Christian Council for safekeeping. As word of the king's actions spread, a warlor
Celtic thump Old Firm rivals to reach cup final
Celtic thump Old Firm rivals to reach cup final
Celtic thump Old Firm rivals to reach cup final
“Killer robots” which threaten to “hurt, destroy or deceive human beings” could become reality unless the Government improves regulation on artificial intelligence, a Parliamentary report has suggested. A Lords select committee has warned that while Terminator-style weapons may not yet exist, without checks and balances Britain could end up “stumbling through a semantic haze into dangerous territory.” In a paper published today, the peers state that Britain’s definition of military-grade AI differs significantly from other NATO members, with even the US taking a more cautious approach to the technology. While a number of countries and campaigners, including the billionaire Elon Musk, have called for preemptive legislation to outlaw the technology from use on the battlefield, the UK Government has opposed efforts to ban its development. It comes amid growing international concern that the rapid advance of the technology could soon result in “lethal autonomous weapons” being deployed in conflict zones. Meanwhile, at least 381 partly autonomous weapon and robotic systems are now operationational or in development in 12 countries, including the UK, US, Israel and France. They include an unmanned aircraft currently at prototype stage in the US, while the UK is developing its own driverless vehicles which could be weaponised in the future. Taranis, a British undetectable drone named after the Celtic god of Thunder, can already avoid radar detection and fly in autonomous mode. Separately, the Russian military is amassing an arsenal of aerial and ground vehicles in a situation described by experts as the “new arms race”. Last year, Vladimir Putin warned that “whoever leads in AI will rule the world”. The concept of killer robots was famously envisioned in the Terminator films, a science fiction series directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which the US defence system Skynet becomes self-aware and attempts to wipe out humanity. Last night the chairman of the Lords committee on artificial intelligence, Lord Clement-Jones, said that it was vital that the Government adopt a set of new ethical rules to help “mitigate” the risks associated with AI. AI timeline “The UK has a unique opportunity to shape AI positively... rather than passively accept its consequences,” he added. “It is essential that ethics take centre stage in AI’s development and use. AI is not without its risks and the adoption of the principles proposed by the Committee will help to mitigate these. “An ethical approach ensures the public trusts this technology and sees the benefits of using it. It will also prepare them to challenge its misuse.” While the Ministry of Defence classifies weapons as AI if they are “aware and show intention”, academics have warned that the UK is setting the “bar so high” that the definition is “effectively meaningless”. In contrast, allies including France, The Netherlands and the US have adopted more cautious definitions, which the University of Sheffield’s Professor Noel Sharkey said demonstrated the UK was “out of step” with the majority of other governments. In the report, the peers note that “without agreed definitions we could easily find ourselves stumbling through a semantic haze into dangerous territory. “The Government’s definition of an autonomous system used by the military...is clearly out of step with the definitions of most other governments. “This position limits both the extent to which the UK can meaningfully participate in international debates on autonomous weapons and its ability to take an active role as a moral and ethical leader on the global stage in this area.” Front Bench promotion - end of article
'Killer robots' could become reality unless Government bans autonomous weapons, Lords report claims
“Killer robots” which threaten to “hurt, destroy or deceive human beings” could become reality unless the Government improves regulation on artificial intelligence, a Parliamentary report has suggested. A Lords select committee has warned that while Terminator-style weapons may not yet exist, without checks and balances Britain could end up “stumbling through a semantic haze into dangerous territory.” In a paper published today, the peers state that Britain’s definition of military-grade AI differs significantly from other NATO members, with even the US taking a more cautious approach to the technology. While a number of countries and campaigners, including the billionaire Elon Musk, have called for preemptive legislation to outlaw the technology from use on the battlefield, the UK Government has opposed efforts to ban its development. It comes amid growing international concern that the rapid advance of the technology could soon result in “lethal autonomous weapons” being deployed in conflict zones. Meanwhile, at least 381 partly autonomous weapon and robotic systems are now operationational or in development in 12 countries, including the UK, US, Israel and France. They include an unmanned aircraft currently at prototype stage in the US, while the UK is developing its own driverless vehicles which could be weaponised in the future. Taranis, a British undetectable drone named after the Celtic god of Thunder, can already avoid radar detection and fly in autonomous mode. Separately, the Russian military is amassing an arsenal of aerial and ground vehicles in a situation described by experts as the “new arms race”. Last year, Vladimir Putin warned that “whoever leads in AI will rule the world”. The concept of killer robots was famously envisioned in the Terminator films, a science fiction series directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which the US defence system Skynet becomes self-aware and attempts to wipe out humanity. Last night the chairman of the Lords committee on artificial intelligence, Lord Clement-Jones, said that it was vital that the Government adopt a set of new ethical rules to help “mitigate” the risks associated with AI. AI timeline “The UK has a unique opportunity to shape AI positively... rather than passively accept its consequences,” he added. “It is essential that ethics take centre stage in AI’s development and use. AI is not without its risks and the adoption of the principles proposed by the Committee will help to mitigate these. “An ethical approach ensures the public trusts this technology and sees the benefits of using it. It will also prepare them to challenge its misuse.” While the Ministry of Defence classifies weapons as AI if they are “aware and show intention”, academics have warned that the UK is setting the “bar so high” that the definition is “effectively meaningless”. In contrast, allies including France, The Netherlands and the US have adopted more cautious definitions, which the University of Sheffield’s Professor Noel Sharkey said demonstrated the UK was “out of step” with the majority of other governments. In the report, the peers note that “without agreed definitions we could easily find ourselves stumbling through a semantic haze into dangerous territory. “The Government’s definition of an autonomous system used by the military...is clearly out of step with the definitions of most other governments. “This position limits both the extent to which the UK can meaningfully participate in international debates on autonomous weapons and its ability to take an active role as a moral and ethical leader on the global stage in this area.” Front Bench promotion - end of article
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The Australian midfielder sent Celtic on their way against Rangers
Socceroos Watch: Tom Rogic strikes in Scottish Cup semi-final
The Australian midfielder sent Celtic on their way against Rangers
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty&#39;s tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22&#39;, McGregor 38&#39;, Dembele 52&#39;, Ntcham 78&#39;) pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it&#39;s Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt&#39;s already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71&#39; SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59&#39; - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic&#39;s Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We&#39;ll seriously have to rethink the term &#39;Old Firm&#39; if there&#39;s a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: &quot;It&#39;s a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job.&quot; 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It&#39;s a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016&#39;s shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It&#39;s awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It&#39;s that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It&#39;s all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC &quot;Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. &quot;That&#39;s all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. &quot;That&#39;s what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don&#39;t want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There&#39;s lots of shame in that for me.&quot; 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here&#39;s the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic&#39;s is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football&#39;s most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today&#39;s William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. &quot;The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic,&quot; said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA &quot;But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. &quot;They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. &quot;However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. &quot;Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game.&quot;
Double treble is on as Celtic crush Rangers 4-0 in Scottish Cup semi-final
Brendan Rodgers cited humility as a Celtic character trait in the build-up to this match but it was Rangers who were humbled yet again by an emphatic Old Firm derby defeat. Tempting as it is to declare that Celtic strode into the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Motherwell next month, the truth was that their progress was a stroll. For all of Graeme Murty’s talk of using the pain of defeat in last month’s derby at Ibrox as a motivational tool for this encounter, the Rangers manager was at an utter loss to explain why his players stood off a Celtic side who were visibly gratified to be allowed unwonted time and space to assert their domination. The cost to Murty of this setback will be the loss of his place on the shortlist of candidates when the Ibrox board considers who should be in charge next season but, despite the assertion by the Rangers chairman, Dave King that ‘immediate success’ is required, it will not be delivered by the club’s current squad. Only Celtic exceed them in financial clout in Scotland but a gulf remains and, for as long as the Hoops’ advantage is pressed by a manager as driven as Rodgers, Rangers will struggle to emerge as plausible contenders for domestic honours. This occasion presented them with their last chance to interfere with Celtic’s push towards a second clean sweep of the Scottish prizes but Murty’s players looked timid and apprehensive from the start. His deployment was a 4-2-3-1 match-up with Celtic, but Rangers’ advanced midfielder stood off their opposite numbers, a fatal error which permitted Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, and Tom Rogic to dominate the hearty of the pitch, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor allowed to roam the flanks, all to the advantage of Moussa Dembele, who demonstrated his predatory qualities after only five minutes, when he volleyed a lofted pass from Ntcham off the post. Bad day: Graeme Murty's tactics did not work Credit: PA In fact, the most significant interruption of Celtic’s rhythm was caused by an influx of dozens of balloons released by spectators, which blew about the pitch until Bobby Madden called a halt and instructed the players to burst them, a spectacle that resembled a mass trampling of grapes in a vineyard. It did not take long after the resumption of proceedings for Rangers’ hopes to be punctured. Dembele and Forrest combined to find Rogic in the Rangers’ box and the Australian spun Ross McCrorie off balance before shooting past Wes Foderingham with a rare use of his right foot for such a purpose. McCrorie had a chance of redemption when Craig Gordon slipped at a corner kick but, with the goalkeeper out of the equation, the Rangers defender headed wide of the mark. Celtic’s domination was so emphatic that when Russell Martin could do no better than turn a Kieran Tierney cross in the path of Callum McGregor, who promptly drove it beyond Foderingham, the notion of a Rangers comeback virtually defied the imagination. Murty reacted by replacing Andy Halliday with Josh Windass for what remained of the first half. Composure: Tom Rogic slots the first with a clam finish Credit: Reuters Halliday, on his 100th appearance for the club, responded by treating the Rangers bench to a volley of imprecations as he left the pitch. Whatever hope Murty retained of diverting fortune disappeared within five minutes of the restart when Dembele got goal-side of McCrorie who had three yanks at the striker’s jersey before finally toppling him inside the box. The outcome was McCrorie’s dismissal and a cool conversion from the spot. Rangers’ task was now the avoidance of humiliation, a prospect that loomed when Jason Holt fouled Patrick Roberts – who had replaced Forrest – for another penalty kick which was tucked away by Ntcham for Celtic’s fourth. Clear pen: Ross McCrorie of Rangers fouls Moussa Dembele of Celtic for a penalty and a red card Credit: Getty Between times, incredibly, Rangers might have scored three times, but Gordon produced spectacular one-armed blocks on headers from Alfredo Morelos and Bruno Alves. The goalkeeper was, however, beaten by a wild slice from his right-back, Mikael Lustig, which ricocheted from the crossbar. The rebound, though, fell to Morelos, who extended his impeccable record of missing gift chances in Old Firm derbies, by shooting straight at Gordon from six yards. Celtic’s devotion to humility was not evident in Brown’s response to victory, when the Parkhead captain was reminded that the Rangers had cheered the semi-final draw which paired them with the Bhoys. “I don’t think they’ll be cheering tonight,” he said. “We just knew as soon as we turned up that we’d win it.” Murty, meanwhile, was mired in frustration. “We just didn’t get close to anyone, it took half an hour to make a tackle,” he said. “I’ll apologise for the first half. It’s a lonely place out there, but we need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “I won’t talk about my role at this time, it’s not about me.” For Rodgers, the focus is upon closing two imminent deals. “The important thing now is to close up the league,” he said “The final will be a tough game. You saw Motherwell yesterday [against Aberdeen]. They work hard and won’t make it easy.” 4:27PM We will have report and reaction ASAP Well done Celtic. Hard lines Rangers. FULL TIME: Celtic 4-0 Rangers (Rogic 22', McGregor 38', Dembele 52', Ntcham 78') pic.twitter.com/NzGFGgUScJ— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 4:23PM Full time: Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Brendan Rodgers shakes hands with Graeme Murty, in all probability for the last time in an Old Firm match. This was a complete walloping, only one team ever in it, and it is Celtic who will face Motherwell in the final on May 19th. Not a great day out: a Rangers fan Credit: Sky Football 4:21PM 90 mins Alves is back on. Tavernier has had a booking. 4:19PM 89 mins Alves needs treatment. Aye, on his hair. Credit: Sky Rangers have used all three of their subs so are playing with nine men at the moment. 4:16PM 86 mins Still all Celtic. McGregor and Tierney combine for a great move, nice movement, and the shot at the end is just a couple of feet too high. 4:14PM 84 mins Some seats now available in the Rangers end... 4:09PM 80 mins More good news for Rangers: Leigh Griffiths, who always scores against them, is coming on. Dembele the man who makes way. Dembele roasted the Rangers defence in the first half an hour, and the game was long over by half time. 4:07PM GOAL! Ntcahm (78p) and it's Celtic 4 Rangers 0 Perfect penalty! Keeper guessed correctly, but it was right in the corner. ���� pic.twitter.com/Zk4hIBy4Nn— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 4:06PM Another penalty Holt this time. Ridiculous swing of the leg upends Roberts in the area. Clear penalty, once again. Absolute humiliation this. Holt looked totally clueless there. Say what you like about Murty, but Jason Holt's already created a goal within just 7 minutes of the manager throwing him on— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 4:05PM 75 mins Sinclair bright as a button since coming on, stretching the shellshocked Rangers defence with his pace. 4:01PM 71 mins Forrest off, Roberts on. 71' SUB: Jason Holt comes on to replace Graham Dorrans. 0-3 pic.twitter.com/ZYheo8R6H0— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 3:59PM 70 mins Game meandering to a close already, I can only assume that Rangers fans are soon to be meandering out of Hampden. Not sure anyone could blame them. 3:58PM 68 mins I tried to have a bet before the match on total yellow cards but could not find a price. I make it five so far plus a red. 3:54PM Scott Brown involved in Old Firm argy-bargy shocker Credit: Sky Sticking up for McGregor after Morelos shoved the player. Booking for Morelos for that. Booking for Dorans as well, who tried to hack down Celtic runner McGregor. Booking for Scott Brown for being Scott Brown. 3:49PM 60 mins: Celtic 3 Rangers (ten men) 0 Scott Sinclair is coming on, Tom Rogic comes off. 59' - CLOSE! Ntcham threads a perfect ball through to Forrest inside the box but the Hoops winger stabs his effort just wide of the mark [3-0] #CELRAN— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:46PM 56 mins Suddenly it is all Rangers! A wild attempted clearance from Celtic's Lustig hits the bar and Morelos has bungled the chance from the rebound. 3:44PM 53 mins Suddenly, against the run of play, Rangers fashion a great chance. Tavernier from the right, superb cross. Morelos rises to meet it with a superb header. Brilliant save Craig Gordon. Somehow he tips it over. From the resultant corner, another good header. Another superb save from Gordon. Poor old Rangers. Not their day. Bruno Alves comes on to replace Daniel Candeias. 3:42PM GOAL! Dembele penalty And a great penalty it is too, a cheeky wee Paneka, beautifully done, and that will get right up the pipe of the Rangers players and supporters. And what is the point of an Old Firm game if not for that? MOUSSA WITH THE PANENKA! ������ pic.twitter.com/KMbf1PcDz6— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 3:41PM Red card for Ross McCrorie Dembele has the run on him down the left. McCrorie is pulling at his shirt the whole while. Two tugs at least, all of this outside the box but Dembele waits until he is into the area to haul him down. Penalty and a red card. Clear as day. 3:37PM 48 mins Corner cleared easily. Docherty has been booked for pulling back Callum McGregor 3:36PM 47 mins Still. They have an early corner. 3:35PM 46 mins Any hope for the blue team? I would not think so, no. 3:20PM Half time: Celtic 2 Rangers 0 Total mismatch. Rogic and McGregor the scorers. Celtic hardly off the bridle, Rangers just totally outplayed. We'll seriously have to rethink the term 'Old Firm' if there's a couple more seasons of this. Men against boys, this is. Packie Bonner on the BBC: "It's a big, big task and a huge half-time for Graeme Murty if he is going to save his job." 3:18PM 45 mins Wee moment from Rangers, Tavernier picks out Candeias and he crosses. No. Far too close to the keeper and that is the last action of an utterly one-sided first half. 3:15PM 40 mins Never fear, Rangers fans: Josh Windass is here. 3:14PM 39 mins Rangers manager Graeme Murty responds by taking off Andy Halliday. It's a bit like the England cricket team dropping a bowler after a batting collapse. Sure, Halliday has barely had a kick, but the defending has been terrible. Halliday is pure raging as he comes off. After May 2016's shameful scenes, it’s disappointing to see another fan running around aimlessly on the Hampden turf pic.twitter.com/DcU1DSUTCp— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) April 15, 2018 3:12PM GOAL! Celtic have the second. McGregor It's awful from Rangers, no more than Celtic deserve however. Candeias beaten way to easily, and Tierney has it all his own way as he delivers a ball from the left. Terrible bit of defending from Russell Martin, no athleticism at all as he slowly, clumsily sticks out a leg. Cushions the ball nicely into the path of Callum McGregor, who slots it home. Men against boys today I am afraid and this game is surely already over. Celtic 2 Rangers 0 (McGregor 38) 3:07PM Leigh Griffiths did not start Celtic fans Credit: Getty 3:06PM 34 mins: Celtic 1 Rangers 0 Candeias and Murphy, the nominal wide attackers for Rangers, have barely had a kick. The former now, though, tries a long lofted ball to the latter. Celtic, safety first, head it behind for a corner. From that corner, there is a brief moment of alarm for the Celts when Gordon lies on the turf... but he had been fouled. 3:04PM 32 mins Ntcham! Rogic tries a shot, it comes back off Dorrans, who is back defending as indeed is everyone else. The rebound drops for Ntcham, not a bad dig. 3:01PM 29 mins We are having our first yellow of the afternoon, somewhat later than one normally expects. Murphy gets the better of Lustig who sighs and hauls him back, already expecting the booking. 2:56PM 24 mins Oi oi though, here is Candeias on the break, totally out of the blue. And Rangers have a corner. 2:55PM 23 mins Rogic again! Desperate block. Rangers are getting a roasting. Only TWO PERCENT of the action in the Celtic half! 2:54PM 22 mins And Rogic has another chance! This one probably easier than the goal. Cannot place it properly. Celtic rampant, Dembele tearing Rangers apart. 2:53PM GOAL! Rogic gives Celtic the lead! It's that man again. Rogic bursts into the box, great composure in the box, he twists away from his marker and slots it home. Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (Rogic 21) Dembele had done well with a knock down to Forrest, who picked out Rogic. He shifted the ball and struck a nice shot. Tom Rogic unaware of an approaching shark pic.twitter.com/4pwnBqRciv— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) March 11, 2018 2:51PM 20 mins Corner for Celtic. Foderingham palms it away for another corner. Boyata! Arriving late, great movement but a poor header. 2:51PM 19 mins Rangers pinned back entirely. They cannot keep the ball. On the upside, Celtic have had few if any chances of note with the exception of Dembele hitting the post. 2:50PM 16 mins Bit of a delay while players from both sides stamp on some balloons. 2:43PM 11 mins Another nice move from Celtic sees Tierney, who I think will play for a top six English side within the next 18 months, deliver a hard low cross that is kept out, just. It's all hands to the pump for Rangers. 2:42PM 10 mins Ntcham with a powerful run, but the shot is disappointing to say the least. Celtic well on top in the first ten minutes, the men in Blue have scarcely been past halfway. 2:41PM 9 mins Rogic with a nice little prompting ball through to Dembele, who is starting to dominate the Rangers defence with his movement. Just about bundled clear. McCrorie the player who nipped in. 2:38PM 5 mins Good ball in from the right by Ntcham and Demebele meets it with a sweet contact! It hits the post with Foderingham well beaten. Really well struck snap effort, shades of offside I would suggest but it matters not. Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Ajer, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Simunovic, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Edouard, Bain, Eboue. Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Martin, John, Docherty, Halliday, Candeias, Dorrans, Murphy, Morelos. Subs: Cummings, Miller, Windass, Hodson, Bruno Alves, Holt, Alnwick. Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland) 2:34PM 3 mins Credit: Sky Football Morellos has a run down the channel that is hampered by the presence of balloons. True of this fixture as a whole. 2:33PM 2 mins No football to speak of just yet. Credit: Reuters 2:31PM 1 mins: Celtic 0 Rangers 0 Various flares and smoke things go off. Celtic kick off. 2:30PM Rangers Credit: Sky Another specialist, Kenny Miller also on the bench. 2:29PM Celtic formation Credit: Sky Dembele has six in eight Old Firm games, but another specialist, Leigh Griffiths, sits on the bench. 2:27PM Rod! Credit: Sky Football 2:19PM Hampden looks pretty full I never enjoy going there for semis, think it spoils things, but I suppose a neutral ground is fair enough. Be quite cool if these could do a deal to go play in Old Trafford or Villa Park or something. Actually that is probably a terrible idea. 2:00PM Strong words from Lee McCulloch on the BBC "Rangers know they need to win this game to stop Celtic getting that treble. "That's all the motivation you need right there if you are a Rangers player. "That's what I would be saying in the dressing room. I don't want to be a Rangers player when Celtic win the double treble. There's lots of shame in that for me." 1:58PM Opportunities for pundits not called Kris are limited in Scotland. With these two again for a huge game today the Scottish Cup semi-final. We love each other’s company really �� @kcommons15@krisboydcharity@Celticfc v @RangersFC is LIVE on @SkyFootball from 2.15pm. pic.twitter.com/jbT9jwLpee— Hayley McQueen (@HayleyMcQueen) April 15, 2018 Boydy does not appear to have a snack to hand; that could be a problem. 1:44PM Rangers players �� #RangersFC have arrived at Hampden. pic.twitter.com/jSvzOtxeNo— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 Oh Jason. 1:39PM Here's the team sheet Official #CELRAN teamsheet. �� ➡️ https://t.co/scIhOWsyU7pic.twitter.com/Il4LUTeaen— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 1:32PM Here are the boys in blue ��TEAM NEWS: Graeme Murty has made one change to his side for today’s @ScottishCup semi-final at Hampden as Andy Halliday returns to the Gers starting eleven. ➡️ Full Team News: https://t.co/7RX4t0ztWGpic.twitter.com/oExGZNSYnC— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 15, 2018 1:27PM Well, Celtic's is Where is the Rangers team? ���� pic.twitter.com/EhlQE3e2q9— James Tavernier (@James_Tavernier) April 15, 2018 1:25PM Good afternoon Tyers here. British football's most hate-filled derby is here! What a Sunday treat! And now, the team news is here. �� Starting XI. #CELRANpic.twitter.com/K6WOxUTjGZ— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 15, 2018 Celtic team to play Rangers: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Dembele. Subs: Bain, Simunovic, Roberts, Kouassi, Edouard, Sinclair, Griffiths.— Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) April 15, 2018 1:19PM Brendan Rodgers: We are looking no further than this game Brendan Rodgers insists his Celtic side are focused on today's William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden Park as they look to rewrite history. The Hoops are one win away from clinching their seventh successive Ladbrokes Premiership title and that could come at Hibernian in the first post-split fixture. And while both Celtic and Rangers sides of the past have reached nine in a row and won domestic trebles, a victory over their old rivals will take the Hoops to within a win of a second successive clean sweep which has yet to be done in Scottish football. Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved, but is looking no further than the weekend. "The history is enormous at this club and what we did last year was historic," said the Parkhead boss. Rodgers is chasing yet another title Credit: PA "But we want to keep writing our own history and that means being really focused on the next game. "They are always tough games. I have been involved in nine of them and they are always complicated in their different ways so this will be no different. "However, we go to Hampden with a team that have not only won there but played very well. "Obviously that gives us faith and confidence but not taking away from it being a tough game."

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