Idah strikes late as Celtic retain Scottish Cup to complete double

Adam Idah’s 90th-minute strike saw Celtic retain the Scottish Cup in a frantic Old Firm final after Rangers had a goal disallowed.

The on-loan Norwich striker came off the bench to capitalise on Jack Butland’s late mistake to snatch victory at Hampden Park.

After a goalless first half, Abdallah Sima thought he’d given the Ibrox side the lead only for VAR to rule it out for a foul on Celtic keeper Joe Hart.

Rangers had the best of the late possession but, with extra-time looming, Idah turned in the rebound after Butland parried Paulo Bernardo’s effort to send the green and white end wild.

The victory means Celtic finish the season with a league and cup double with Rangers forced to settle for the Viaplay Cup.

How Celtic continued their dominance over Rangers

Adam Idah celebrates after scoring Celtic's late winner in the Scottish Cup final
Adam Idah celebrates after scoring Celtic’s late winner

Rangers’ first summer signing Jefte was in the stand at Hampden Park hoping to watch his new team-mates beat Celtic for the first time this season but, instead, Brendan Rodgers’ winning run at the national stadium continued.

It was a frantic start and only a last-ditch clearance from Leon Balogun stopped Kyogo Furuhashi turning Daizen Maeda’s low cross into the net early on.

Mohamed Diomande swung in a corner for Rangers soon after only for Hart to come out to punch the ball clear.

Player ratings

Celtic:Hart (6), Johnston (7), Carter-Vickers (7), Scales (7), Taylor (6), McGregor (5), O’Riley (6), Hatate (4), Forrest (5), Maeda (6), Kyogo (5)

Subs: Idah (8), Kuhn (3), Bernardo (7)

Rangers:Butland (6), Tavernier (6), Balogun (7), Davies (7), Ridvan (6), Diomande (7), Raskin (7), Cantwell (7), Sterling (7), Silva (6), Dessers (5)

Subs: Sima (6), Wright (3), Matondo (4), McCausland (3), Lundstram (n/a)

The game was end-to-end as Hart then denied Fabio Silva from close range before Reo Hatate sent a half-volley towards goal only for Ben Davies to block.

Celtic were screaming for a penalty after the ball crashed off Davies’ arm from Kyogo’s shot, but his arm was by his side and it was play on for referee Nick Walsh.

Back to Rangers and Cyriel Dessers was denied the opener by Cameron Carter-Vickers as the pace showed no sign of slowing.

Kyogo's shot came off Ben Davies
Kyogo’s shot came off Ben Davies

Butland was called into action to turn Celtic captain Callum McGregor’s deflected shot past.

Rangers then wanted a penalty before the break when Liam Scales pushed Dujon Sterling to the ground, but it was just outside the box.

It was then Hart to the rescue as he punched James Tavernier’s corner over to ensure it remained goalless at half-time.

Philippe Clement looked to his bench with Sima replacing Dessers for the second half only to pick up a quick booking for kicking out at Alistair Johnston as he lay the on the pitch.

Yilmaz’s effort from outside the box was saved by Hart before James Forrest weaved into the Rangers box and had a shot blocked.

Abdallah Sima bundles the ball into the net only for his effort to be ruled out by VAR
Abdallah Sima bundles the ball into the net only for his effort to be ruled out by VAR

The Rangers end erupted on the hour as Sima fired in from close range only for his opener to be ruled out by VAR for Raskin’s push on Hart.

Relief for Celtic as their fans then burst into life.

With the game on a knife-edge, Sterling, Forrest and Greg Taylor picked up bookings as frustrations started to show.

Rangers looked the more likely to score as Diomande’s corner flew across goal, Carter-Vickers cleared Raskin’s effort and Hart saved Sima’s header.

Adam Idah celebrates after scoring a late winner for Celtic in the Scottish Cup final
The Irishman’s goal secured a league-and-cup double for his side

With full-time approaching, Celtic did manage to get forward with Butland coming out to deny Maeda before the Hoops showed their never say die attitude.

Idah, on for Kyogo, pounced when Butland cleared Bernardo’s shot and wrapped up a double for the Hoops.

Eight minutes were added but there was no way back for Rangers, who failed to beat their rivals in five attempts this season.

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