Scottish Cup final: Hibernian 0-3 Celtic

Gary Hooper scored twice as Celtic clinched their 36th Scottish Cup and with it a domestic double.

Anthony Stokes created both of Hooper's first-half goals as Neil Lennon's side effectively ended the game as a contest before the break.

Hibernian failed to threaten a comeback and Joe Ledley's late strike dispelled any lingering doubts over the outcome.

It means the Edinburgh side's long wait for Scottish Cup success continues after a second successive final defeat.

Gary Hooper opened the scoring
Hooper's first-half brace put Celtic in control

In fact, they had made the brighter start to the match and might have been in front but for a fantastic Fraser Forster save from Eoin Doyle's header.

That, though, was to prove a high point for Pat Fenlon's men as a moment of lax defending shortly afterwards handed Celtic the initiative.

Alan Maybury's weak clearance allowed Stokes possession on the left and he used it to fire a cross beyond the back post.

Goalkeeper Ben Williams could not reach it and, with Paul Hanlon and Ryan McGivern ball-watching, Hooper gleefully side-footed in from a narrow angle.

With their side having allowed the Scottish Premier League champions to score so early, the Hibs fans may have been fearing the worst, but the Edinburgh team did not buckle, with Tom Taiwo snapping into tackles and spraying passes to good effect in midfield.

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Interview - Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Nonetheless, Celtic were able to carve out the better opportunities and Williams did well to block from Ledley after the Welshman had been picked out by a delicious Kris Commons pass.

Hibs showed they had failed to learn any lessons from the opening goal by conceding a very similar second - Stokes crossing from deeper this time and Hooper again finding room between Hanlon and McGivern to head back across the wrong-footed Williams for his 31st goal of the season.

Celtic, in the shape of Scott Brown and the front trio of Hooper, Stokes and Commons, had all of the game's top performers, with Hibs's talisman Leigh Griffiths unable to make any impact on the match.

The second period, aside from a fiery confrontation between Brown and Jorge Claros, was largely incident-free, with Hibs unable to muster anything resembling a shot on goal.

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Interviews - Celtic players

Hooper might have bagged a cup final hat-trick when Mikael Lustig rolled the ball into his path, but the striker uncharacteristically mis-kicked, only for the ball to fall to Ledley, who unleashed a powerful drive into Williams's top corner.

The three-goal winning margin was an entirely accurate reflection of a match in which Hibs showed plenty of endeavour, but Celtic had too much in the way of attacking threat and ended worthy victors.

Defeat means Hibs have not lifted the Scottish Cup since 1902 and their previous attempt to end that long wait ended in a dismal 5-1 hammering at the hands of city rivals Hearts in last season's final.

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