Scottish League Cup final as it happened

Inverness make their debut in a major final as Aberdeen aim to end a 19-year wait to win the Scottish League Cup.

16 March 2014 Last updated at 13:55

As it happened

  1. 13:53: 

    Welcome to our coverage of a big day for Scottish football. It's the League Cup final, with Aberdeen facing northern rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park.

  2. 14:00: 

    We're half an hour away from kick-off at Celtic Park - the match, of course, being at the home of the Scottish champions as the national stadium at Hampden has been converted to an athletics track for this year's Commonwealth Games.

  3. 14:02: 

    Give us your thoughts. Aberdeen are the bookies' favourites, but who do you think will be lifting the trophy later this afternoon?

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  4. 14:06: 

    The big pre-match team news is that Aberdeen winger Peter Pawlett is a surprise absentee through injury. However, forward Niall McGinn has passed a fitness test despite suggestions he would not make it because of a groin injury.

  5. 14:09: 

    The surprise in the Caley Thistle line-up is that in-form winger Aaron Doran is left on the bench. Fit-again James Vincent comes into midfield, which suggests a more conservative approach from manager John Hughes.

  6. 14:09: 

    The news of Peter Pawlett is that the Aberdeen winger aggravated an injury during training.

  7. 14:10: 
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I am very cool, calm and collected. I have been here before and the guys need a cool figurehead.

    "We've picked a team with the intentions to win the football match.

    "The reason we've made the change is that James Vincent can come back in from wide but also help in defence and we need to stay in the game early on.

    "Aaron Doran has a part to play. He is an angry man at the moment and I like that.

    "I hope he scores the winner and gives me the two fingers."

  8. 14:12: 

    Remember you can watch the match live on BBC One Scotland, while there is commentary on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW. So you can watch on telly, listen to the commentary on radio and read what we're saying all at the same time!

  9. 14:13: 

    Aberdeen: Langfield, Logan, Anderson, Reynolds, Considine, Robson, Jack, Flood, Hayes, McGinn, Rooney. Subs: Vernon, Smith, Low, Weaver, Tate.

    Inverness CT: Brill, Raven, Devine, Meekings, Shinnie, Watkins, Ross Draper, Tansey, Vincent, Foran, McKay. Subs: Esson, Doran, Ross, Tremarco, Christie.

    Referee: Steven McLean

  10. 14:17: 

    Is John Hughes right to say that Caley Thistle are "massive underdogs"? Well, they defeated the Dons in the last meeting between the sides - 1-0 at Pittodrie on 18 January, so there is a bit of kiddology there.


    Gary Imrie from Kirkcaldy: "I think ICT will sneak it ... Aberdeen will bottle it with there massive support behind them."

  12. 14:20: 
    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's been a long week and everyone is itching to get started and hoping for the right result and right performance.

    "Inverness have an experienced side and good squad, but we have to back ourselves to get that trophy in our hands.

    "I can't pretend it is not a blow to lose Peter Pawlett. We felt he was going to be fit after he trained a couple of games, but he actually miss-hit a shot in training and it upset the groin area.

    "Hopefully there will be other finals and big games for Peter Pawlett to play."

    Aberdeen fans outside Celtic Park A massive following of 40,000 fans are flooding into Celtic Park to follow Aberdeen. The Dons have won the battle of the fans at least.
  14. 14:26: 

    It is Caley Thistle's first appearance in a major national final, so this would be a fairytale end to their 20-year rise from the Highland League after the merger of Inverness Caledonian and Inverness Thistle. Aberdeen have won the League Cup five times but have not won a trophy since their triumph in 1995. It is their first final for 14 years, so their support are hungry for victory too.

  15. 14:27: 

    Derek McInnes' Dons, who sit second in the Scottish Premiership, go into the match on the back of a fine run of three straight victories, although all were on their home patch. Caley Thistle have not won in three matches, the midweek goal-less draw at home to Hibernian having followed two 5-0 hammerings by Celtic and Dundee United.

  16. 14:27: 

    The two sides have met twice before in the League Cup, Aberdeen winning both, but this is their first meeting in any knock-out competition since that 4-1 home win for the Dons in October 2007. They have met 34 times, with the Dons having the upper hand with 18 wins to eight. However, most of those were before Caley Thistle emerged into the top flight and the Highlanders have enjoyed five wins in their last nine clashes.

  17. 14:29: 

    The teams emerge into a buoyant Celtic Park. It is a sea of mainly red, with the Aberdeen fans outnumbering their rivals by at least four to one.


    Andrew, Richhill: "Aberdeen are on Cloud 9 at the moment. 2nd in the SPL, into the semi-final of the Scottish Cup and in today's League Cup final. In the absence of Rangers, they are the closest challengers to Celtic and expect to see them close the gap to and challenge the Hoops as the best team in Scotland over the next few seasons. The glory days are coming back to Pittodrie." Lots of Aberdeen optimism before kick-off.

  19. 14:32: 

    Aberdeen kick off in the 68th Scottish League Cup final, the Dons' 13th and Caley Thistle's first.

  20. 14:33: 

    Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes is down clutching a painful shoulder already after a rolling over the shoulder of Josh Meekings going for a high ball. A bit of a rush of blood to the head - and he is seeing stars on the sidelines at the moment.

  21. 14:34: 

    Niall McGinn fires the first shot, but the Aberdeen striker is off target as he looks to take advantage of a bit of nervous defending.


    Andrew Priestley: "Today will be part one of a domestic cup double for Aberdeen. #bbcsportscot" Yes, they have the Scottish Cup semi-finals to come.

  23. 14:38: 

    Tragedy for Jonny Hayes. Against his former club, the Irish winger has to be substituted after only four minutes. He had returned to the field, but his shoulder is too badly damaged.

  24. 14:38: 

    Cammy Smith was the man to miss out to make way for fit-again Niall McGinn. Now the 18-year-old makes an early appearance as a substitute in place of the injured Jonny Hayes.

  25. 14:41: 

    Inverness have kept five clean sheets in their last eight matches but conceded 12 goals in the other three games. Ten of Aberdeen's last 11 wins have been by a one-goal margin, with the only exception being their 4-0 thumping of St Johnstone in the semi-final. Will it be tight or high-scoring?

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  26. 14:41: 

    Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson has to clear from in front of his own goal for a corner from a low Marley Watkins cross. The first threat from Caley Thistle and the veteran had to be alert.


    B Black, Glasgow: "Surprised just how nervous Derek McInnes looked on tv just now."

    Tom: "Shades of Hibs vs Livingston a decade ago. Expecting a similar story, Caley Thistle to take home the cup."


    Narey's Toepoker: "It's going to be a rare experience for the police - they haven't dealt with a crowd of this size at Celtic Park for months."


    Jenni in Newtownards: "Everyone loves to pull for the underdog. I've a feeling that most neutrals will be firmly supporting Inverness Caledonian Thistle."

  30. 14:45: 

    Andrew Considine bounds like an awkward giraffe down the left wing but delivers a fine cross into the Caley Thistle box. However, Cammy Smith can't lift his diminutive body high enough and his header heads well over the cross bar.

  31. 14:49: 

    In the rush before kick-off I didn't get round to mentioning that John Hughes had made six changes having rested a number of his best players for the midweek league draw with Hibs. Greg Tansey, Marley Watkins and Ross Draper are back from suspension, but David Raven, Graeme Shinnie and James Vincent also come back into the side.

  32. 14:50: 
    Former Inverness manager John Robertson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Inverness have started the better. Aberdeen have not shown enough willingness to get up in support of Adam Rooney."

    Inverness fans Inverness fans are experiencing their first-ever major cup final at Celtic Park.
  34. 14:56: 

    The Celtic Park pitch looks like at It's A Knockout assault course with a sea of red, white and blue balloons peppering the green surface. Must be confusing to the players I would have thought.

  35. 14:56: 

    Richie Foran gets a talking to for a late challenge on Barry Robson. The Caley Thistle captain is fortunate he did not make contact.

  36. 14:57: 

    Richie Foran plays a captain's role with a clearance off the line. Aberdeen make loud appeals for a goal after a Russell Anderson shot following a corner strikes the inside of the post and flies across the goal-line. TV replays show it was a good decision and Adam Rooney blasts over from the resulting corner.

  37. 15:00: 

    Caley Thistle captain Richie Foran eventually goes into the referee's book. The Irish midfielder is slightly unlucky as he lost his footing before clattering into Barry Robson.


    Anonymous: "In a bar in Hong Kong airport. On the live text. Aberdeen to win 3-1. Flight in 30 mins - won't know the result till landing again in 14 hours. COYR."

  39. 15:04: 

    There's a real cup-tie atmosphere, which is just as well considering it is a cup final! The challenges are becoming more spicy and the action is end-to-end. An excellent game in prospect.

    Jonny Hayes leaves the pitch in tears Jonny Hayes left the pitch in tears after four minutes after the former Caley Thistle winger injured his shoulder.
  41. 15:07: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Aberdeen fans everywhere will be relieved to see and hear that goalkeeper Jamie Langfield has eventually ridded his six-yard box of balloons. He jangles enough nerves as it is without inflatable problems being put into the mix."

  42. 15:08: 

    Strong claims for a penalty for Aberdeen. Adam Rooney is felled by a Josh Meekings challenge as he steals the ball off the toes of the Caley Thistle defender. Looked like a spot-kick to me.

  43. 15:12: 

    Veteran Aberdeen midfielder Barry Robson comes off the flank to make room for himself before unleashing a low drive from 20 yards. However, it takes a nick off a defender and is well held by goalkeeper Dean Brill.

  44. 15:14: 

    The ball strikes the woodwork, but it is the result of a wayward Mark Reynolds cross. It hits the angle of post and bar with Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill well in control.

  45. 15:15: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "One interesting angle to this is watching manager Derek McInnes's reaction to Caley Thistle's slightly rough approach. Any time a Dons player suffers a heavy challenge, assistant manager Tony Docherty and goalkeeper coach Jim Leighton surge towards the edge of the technical area, but McInnes bawls at them to get back into their seats as if his back-room team are the offenders."

    Russell Anderson claims for a goal Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson thought he had scored, but Richie Foran cleared off the goal-line.
  47. 15:20: 
    HALF-TIME - Aberdeen 0-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
  48. 15:20: 

    Aberdeen have not conceded a goal yet in this season's competition. Caley Thistle have competed well in this first half, but they have rarely looked like ending Jamie Langfield's run of the clean sheets in the tournament.

  49. 15:22: 

    Inverness have now gone three and a half games without scoring. They have not hit the net since a 3-0 win in Dingwall against Ross County in the Highland derby on 25 February. John Hughes' side have since suffered two five-goal hammerings then drew with Hibs.

  50. 15:26: 

    You have to say that Aberdeen have edged the final so far. It looks like Caley Thistle manager John Hughes' strategy is to survive at the back and steal a victory with a breakaway. The Dons have come closest to scoring with a Russell Anderson shot off the inside of the post that was then cleared off the line by Richie Foran. They then had a good penalty claim denied when Adam Rooney was caught by Josh Meekings.

  51. 15:28: 
    Former Aberdeen striker Billy Dodds on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It is not panic stations for Aberdeen. But, after what has gone for Inverness in the last couple of weeks and the way they have played in the first half, I would be delighted in the Caley Thistle dressing-room. I would be buzzing if I was John Hughes as they are containing Aberdeen and only need one chance."

  52. 15:30: 
    BBC Scotland's Chick Young at Celtic Park

    "I must praise referee Steven McLean. I think he's got just about every decision right, although maybe the Richie Foran booking was a bit harsh."

    John Hughes and Derek McInnes John Hughes and Derek McInnes show their emotions on the touchline at Celtic Park.
  54. 15:35: 

    Caley Thistle kick off the second half. It is all to play for at Celtic Park as Inverness look to make history in their first major final, while Aberdeen look to end their 19-year barren run.

  55. 15:37: 
    Former Aberdeen captain and manager Willie Miller on BBC One Scotland

    "There isn't too many game-changers on the bench for Aberdeen. Inverness have shown no nerves whatsoever. John Hughes must be delighted with the first-half performance."

  56. 15:38: 

    Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson fires a shot that would not have looked out of place at the Millennium Stadium yesterday as it sails high into the stands. Indeed, Scotland might have done better with him in defence than they did against Wales!


    Wings Over Scotland: @CliveLindsayBBC "Can someone in BBC studio direct me to the bit in the laws of the game that stipulates "control of the ball" re free-kicks?" I assume you mean their suggestion that Adam Rooney did not have control when hacked down in the penalty box by Josh Meekings. I have to agree that it looked like a penalty to me whether or not he had control of it.

  58. 15:44: 

    The atmosphere is reaching new heights at Celtic Park and, although their fans are well outnumbered, it is Caley Thistle who look the more inspired as they start to exert some pressure.

  59. 15:45: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Aberdeen now shooting into the Jock Stein Stand, which is completely housed by Dons fans. It can be the temporary Beach End for the afternoon."


    Jenni in Newtownards: "The longer this game stays at 0-0, the more hope and confidence Inverness Caledonian Thistle will gain and the more nervous and edgy this Aberdeen side will become."

    Jack, Edinburgh: "Let's face it, this is rubbish. Hardly a trace of football. And who brings balloons to a match? It's a football match, not a kids' party."

  61. 15:49: 

    Marley Watkins gets one of the biggest cheers of the day as he weaves into the heart of midfield from the wing. The Aberdeen rearguard opens up for the midfielder, but he lacks belief in his ability to hit the target from 25 yards out and instead ends up with his nose in the turf after a fresh air shot that ends with him collapsing ingloriously to the deck.

  62. 15:51: 

    A scary moment for Jamie Langfield as the goalkeeper spills a high ball into the penalty box. Fortunately for Aberdeen, Russell Anderson beats Richie Foran to the loose ball and clears.

  63. 15:52: 

    Caley Thistle midfielder Greg Tansey finds the target with a long-range free-kick. It should be fairly simple for the Aberdeen goalkeeper, but Jamie Langfield makes a bit of a meal of it by parrying it before collecting at the second attempt.

  64. 15:53: 

    First change of the game and it is a positive one from Caley Thistle. Manager John Hughes had chosen James Vincent to start instead of Aaron Doran and it is those two who swap places, with the Irish winger replacing the Englishman.

  65. 15:57: 

    It's frantic stuff at Celtic Park. As Jack on text suggested moments ago, there's not too much football being played. The Dons are becoming more nervous and Caley Thistle are looking the more likely. However, will the introduction of Aaron Doran and a more adventurous formation backfire for Inverness and allow the Dons more freedom in attack?

  66. 15:58: 
    Former Caley Thistle manager John Robertson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "Aberdeen are getting nervous and Inverness have got them where they want them. The Dons need to get the crowd back on their side."

  67. 16:01: 

    Aberdeen defender Russell Anderson decides to lumber forward in an attempt to lead by example. However, his shot from 20 yards fails to trouble Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill.

  68. 16:02: 

    Former Caley Thistle manager John Robertson has just mentioned that every game where Inverness have scored first this season, they have not lost. Every game where they have conceded first, they have not won. Shows the importance of that first goal at Celtic Park.

  69. 16:05: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Inverness Caley Thistle's pressing and physical edge has forced Aberdeen to substitute the substitute; young midfielder Cammy Smith off purely because a more butch Nicky Low will probably not be knocked off the ball so easily."

  70. 16:08: 
    BBC Radio Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "The noise is incredible at times here at Celtic Park - attendance of 51,143."

  71. 16:08: 

    It is Caley Thistle's turn to be shaking in their boots. A Ryan Jack drive from 25 yards is parried nervously by goalkeeper Dean Brill, who then punches the rebound clear off the head of Dons boss Adam Rooney.

  72. 16:10: 

    Another change for Caley Thistle. Local boy, to Inverness, not Celtic Park, Nick Ross replaces Marley Watkins in midfield.

  73. 16:13: 

    Barry Robson tries his luck from 30 yards and forces Caley Thistle goalkeeper Dean Brill to parry at full stretch at his near post.

  74. 16:14: 

    A fine ball from Nicky Low finds Andrew Considine bounding unmarked into the Caley Thistle penalty box, but the big centre-half turned left-back sprawls Bambi-like on the turf as his miss-hit shot squirms wide of the far post.

  75. 16:17: 

    Caley Thistle are unfortunate not to have been awarded a penalty as Richie Foran's header flies wide from a corner as he looked to be pulled back by Andrew Considine.

  76. 16:19: 

    A brilliant last-ditch challenge from Josh Meekings denies Niall McGinn a winner in the dying minutes. The striker made space for himself after latching on to a loose back pass, but the defender's lunge sends his 15-yard drive spinning over the crossbar.

  77. 16:22: 

    Quality-wise, it has not been the best final. Goals-wise, it has obviously been lacking. Excitement and atmosphere-wise, it has been a thriller - and we are close to needing another 30 minutes of it.

  78. 16:23: 
    EXTRA TIME - Aberdeen 0-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Anonymous: "Surely, once Aberdeen get their first, the gates will open as Inverness will finally have to show some adventure."

  80. 16:27: 

    Inverness captain Richie Foran is having a real rant at his team-mates while the Aberdeen huddle seems more considered led by manager Derek McInnes.

  81. 16:27: 

    We're off for another 30 minutes. It's the 16th time that the League Cup final has gone to extra-time - the fourth of the last seven.

  82. 16:29: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Nerve-jangling stuff at Celtic Park. But, when the atmosphere is as amazing as this, it's just good we're getting more of it!"

    Niall McGinn misses a chance Niall McGinn was denied a late winner in normal time after a fine challenge from Caley Thistle defender Josh Meekings.
  84. 16:32: 

    Niall McGinn pulls a shot wide from 22 yards as Aberdeen create the first threat of extra-time.

  85. 16:35: 

    Aberdeen are fortunate to win a free-kick on the edge of the penalty box when Danny Devine catches Niall McGinn, but only after he had first cleared for what should have been a corner. Barry Robson's disappointing free-kick finds the high tier of the stand.

  86. 16:37: 

    What a story this could be. Ryan Christie, son of Charlie, the former Caley Thistle manager and midfielder, comes on to replace tiring captain Richie Foran.

  87. 16:39: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Richie Foran is booed by Dons fans who felt he should've walked a lot earlier than his substitution. Dons supporters a tad quieter now as they perhaps realise how much is at stake."

  88. 16:40: 

    It is Caley Thistle's turn to squander a good free-kick position as Greg Tansey curls his effort a few yards over.

  89. 16:41: 

    Aaron Doran's low, 20-yard drive looks to be heading for the outside of the far post, but Dons goalkeeper Jamie Langfield can't take any chances and palms clear for a corner. Josh Meekings heads over from the set-piece.

  90. 16:43: 
    HALF-TIME (extra-time) - Aberdeen 0-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
  91. 16:45: 

    The penalties, should they be needed, will be taken at the Lisbon Lions end of Celtic Park, which is where the Caley Thistle fans are gathered. We certainly look like we are heading for spot-kicks.

  92. 16:45: 

    Caley Thistle kick off the second half of extra-time, kicking towards their own fans.

  93. 16:47: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Birmingham City midfielder Andrew Shinnie is here to watch brother Graeme Shinnie and former Caley Thistle team-mate as we go into last 15 minutes."

  94. 16:49: 

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is going for it now, bringing on striker Scott Vernon for full-back Andrew Considine.

  95. 16:53: 

    Graeme Shinnie goes into the referee's book for a late challenge as Scott Vernon looks to break clear. The Caley Thistle defender is hobbling and might pay the penalty for that.

  96. 16:55: 
    Former Inverness manager John Robertson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The only good thing to come out of today will be for the winning team. Whoever loses will look back and think they didn't play to their capabilities."

  97. 16:57: 

    Ross Draper stretches in an attempt to clear and pulls down Nicky Low on the edge of the Caley Thistle penalty box. The defender is booked and this could be a decisive moment.

  98. 16:58: 

    No it isn't! Nicky Low fires a hopeless left-foot curling free-kick over the crossbar.

  99. 16:59: 

    Having missed at the other end, Nick Low pulls down Nick Ross to hand Caley Thistle a chance. Aaron Doran follows suit with a terrible free-kick that flies high over the crossbar.

  100. 17:01: 
    Former Aberdeen striker Billy Dodds on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I don't fancy them with the penalties if that is the quality of the free-kicks."

  101. 17:02: 

    Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon heads a few feet wide from 12 yards and that could be the last chance.

  102. 17:02: 
    FULL-TIME - Aberdeen 0-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    That's it. We have the Russian roulette of penalties to come at Celtic Park.

  103. 17:05: 

    Caley Thistle look the more relaxed bunch as they prepare for penalty kicks. Will that be crucial? It is all about nerve now.

  104. 17:05: 
    Aberdeen 0-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Billy McKay, Caley Thistle's top scorer, has his low shot saved by Jamie Langield. Poor penalty.

  105. 17:06: 
    Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Barry Robson shows his experience by powerfully sending Dean Brill the wrong way. Advantage Aberdeen.

  106. 17:07: 
    Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Greg Tansey fires his penalty kick over the crossbar. Not looking good for Caley Thistle.

  107. 17:08: 
    Aberdeen 2-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Nicky Low fires his spot kick in the same corner of the net as Barry Robson, sending Dean Brill the wrong way.

  108. 17:08: 
    Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Nick Ross keeps Caley Thistle alive by firing high in the centre of the net.

  109. 17:09: 
    Aberdeen 3-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    That's three penalties in the same corner and it is Scott Vernon who sends Dean Brill the wrong way this time.

  110. 17:09: 
    Aberdeen 3-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Aaron Doran scores for Inverness, sending Jamie langfield the wrong way.

  111. 17:10: 
    Aberdeen 4-2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

    Adam Rooney fires high into the centre of the net to win the Cup for Aberdeen. It had to be - a former Caley Thistle striker secures the trophy for the Dons.

  112. 17:11: 
    FULL-TIME - Aberdeen 0-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (4-2 on penalties)
  113. 17:16: 
    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes on BBC Scotland

    "Absolutely ecstatic. You can see what it means to so many people.

    "It was a tight final and I thought we had the better opportunities.

    "I thought we were were excellent. With Peter Pawlett missing out and then losing Jonny Hayes early on, it took a bit away from our game.

    "But I think we controlled the game in the first half, but the second half and extra time were more even.

    "However, we had enough bottle and composure to score the penalties.

    "No matter how we won it, we've won it and deserved to win it."

  114. 17:17: 

    That ends Aberdeen's 19-year wait for a trophy. Their last was the Scottish League Cup back in 1995 and this is the sixth time they have lifted the trophy.

  115. 17:18: 

    A little consolation for Caley Thistle defender Ross Draper as he's presented with the man of the match award, followed by him and his team-mates as they receive their runners-up medals.

  116. 17:19: 

    Aberdeen midfielder Barry Robson has just been on BBC Radio Scotland saying how much it means for Aberdeen and their fans to win the trophy. However, he also said he feels sorry for Caley Thistle, for whom he himself performed so well earlier in his career.

  117. 17:21: 

    Willo Flood leads the Dons players up to receive their medals before captain Russell Anderson lifts the trophy to rapturous applause.

  118. 17:22: 
    BBC Scotland's Kenny Crawford at Celtic Park

    "Absolute bedlam inside Celtic Park when Adam Rooney netted the crucial penalty! Almost 20 years of hurt gets the chance to turn into glory for the 40,000 Dons fans."

  119. 17:23: 

    It's not often you see red and white tickertape covering the Celtic Park turf. It certainly pleases Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne, who is all smiles - a rare sight for a man who has spent many years under fire from a success-hungry support.

  120. 17:27: 
    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "You have to take your hat off to the Aberdeen support. They have played their part today.

    "In the game, I thought we were the better team. It just didn't work for us on the counter-attack.

    "I feel for the boys in penalty kicks. It just wasn't to be and I'm bitterly disappointed.

    "Who knows when we'll get the chance again? But we just need to regroup and we have plenty to play for in terms of that European spot."

  121. 17:30: 

    Caley Thistle manager John Hughes thinks it was "a stonewall penalty and once again decisions go against Inverness" when Richie Foran was pulled back by Andrew Considine. However, the Caley Thistle manager wasn't asked on radio what he thought of the earlier one where Josh Meekings caught Adam Rooney. The two decisions probably cancelled one another out.

  122. 17:34: 
    Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes on BBC Radio Scotland

    "I think I'll be forgetting about the injury for a couple of days.

    "I was maybe a bit too enthusiastic going into the challenge, but it is a cup final and it could have been worse - we could have lost.

    "The build up to this game has been immense and having to go off so early was definitely disappointing.

    "But the main thing was that we won the game and it has made up for it."

  123. 17:36: 

    You have to say that a team that goes through all rounds of the cup without conceding a goal - until the penalty shoot-out that is - deserve to lift the trophy.

  124. 17:37: 

    Aberdeen's Irish midfielder, Willo Flood, has just told BBC Radio Scotland that "I think we'll all be comatose tonight." And that's just the players!

  125. 17:43: 

    Aberdeen, seen by many as a sleeping giant of Scottish football, have re-awoken today. Not just because of the impressive travelling support of at least 40,000 who descended on Celtic Park. While they fell short in quality of football, along with their opponents, on the field of play, nobody could doubt their determination to get their hands on the Scottish League Cup trophy. And so the first leg of an impressive "treble" is completed. Next stop the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and retaining that second spot behind runaway leaders Celtic in the Premiership.

  126. 17:43: 

    Thanks for your company this afternoon. It was a thriller at Celtic Park in terms of excitement and atmosphere. Can Albion Rovers and Rangers serve up similar fare in Monday's Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at New Douglas Park? Join us then to find out.

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