Celtic beat Hibernian to win Scottish Cup

Celtic have today completed the League and Cup double by beating a sorry Hibernian side comfortably 3-0.

Two first half goals from striker Gary Hooper gave Celtic full control going into half time.

The game started brightly for Hibernian with a great chance for Eoin Doyle, but his header was well kept out by Celtic keeper Fraser Foster.

Englishman Hooper scored with a fine finish from an Anthony Stokes cross after just eight minutes of the game gone at Hampden Park. Anthony Stokes came up again with another pin point cross which found the head of Hooper, who cushioned a header past keeper Williams. This put Celtic on the front foot going into the break.

The second half didn’t consist of much at all, with Hibernian pushing for an early goal to get them back in the game. It was a fairly calm half, apart from an angry Celtic midfielder Scott Brown confronting Hibernian’s midfielder Jorge Claros’ nasty tackle.

Celtic lifting the Scottish Cup

Gary Hooper had the chance to seal a Cup final hat-rick when he was slotted in by Mikael Lustig, but miss kicked his shot, which luckily fell to Joe Ledley who drove his shot into the top corner.

Celtic proved too much attacking wise for Hibernian, who at times created some threats. The Hoops were worthy winners of the final. Manager Neil Lennon and striker Gary Hooper showed their joy at the win and the double:

Lennon: “It’s been magnificent, we’ve played 60 games this season.”

“We’ve been at the sharp end of every competition we’ve been in. I can’t speak highly enough of the players and supporters.”

He was asked if he needed to keep hold of star striker Hooper:

“Of course, he’s a master. He’s been one of my best signings. He’s priceless. Hooper’s the master, an absolute master.”

Hooper: “Today was special. Winning the league was special, but today getting the double is amazing. Especially scoring two goals here as well.”

Hooper on his hat-trick chance: “I couldn’t believe I missed it, but then Joe finished it off really well.”

 

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