Scottish League Cup - Semi-final
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Hibernian 2-4 Celtic

Moussa Dembele
French striker Moussa Dembele scored a double after coming on as a substitute at Hampden

Holders Celtic held off a second-half fightback from Hibernian at Hampden to reach the Scottish League Cup final.

Mikael Lustig twice took advantage of poor defending at the far post to sweep Celtic into a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Anthony Stokes pulled one back from the penalty spot, but Celtic substitute Moussa Dembele beat the offside trap to restore the two-goal lead.

Oliver Shaw finished off a sweeping move to make it 3-2, but Dembele raced clear late on to seal a final spot.

Celtic will meet Rangers or Motherwell in the final, with the two meeting in the other semi-final on Sunday.

Mikael Lustog scores
Mikael Lustig turned home the opening goal for Celtic after sloppy defending from Hibernian

Hibs got off to the kind of start that Neil Lennon would have imagined only in his nightmares. The confusion in his defence for Lustig's opener was a catastrophe, Stuart Armstrong dinking in a cross from the left which Dedryck Boyata flicked onwards to the back post.

Brandon Barker went to sleep in the moment, allowing Lustig in to put his shot past Ross Laidlaw in the Hibs goal. The bitter irony for Lennon was that his defence looked at ease before that goal and then again directly after. They did precious little in attack, Stokes being far too isolated up front, but nor were they being peppered with shots at the other end.

Celtic weren't close to their best, but even as an underpowered force they went two goals clear when another calamity befell Hibs at the back. This time it was a corner that did the damage. Leigh Griffiths put it in, David Gray lost Lustig and when his tame volley came at Laidlaw, the Hibs goalkeeper made a desperate hash of making what should have been a routine save.

Lustig celebrates
Defender Lustig was over the moon after netting his second of the day

Lennon made two changes at the break, Martin Boyle appearing for Marvin Bartley and Steven Whittaker coming on for Gray. Immediately, Hibs were better. Where before they posed no threat, now they were giving Celtic something to think about.

Vykintas Slivka should have scored after a terrific pass from Whittaker, but put it wide. That, though, was just the beginning for them. Just short of the hour they pulled a goal back from a penalty that should never have been given.

It was Celtic's turn to get messy at the back, Boyata getting ransacked in possession, a dispossession that sent Hibs on their way. Boyata thought he had redeemed himself when poking the ball away from the falling Boyle in the box. After consultation, referee Kevin Clancy pointed to the penalty spot.

There was a tumult among the Celtic support, but Stokes took no notice. He sent Craig Gordon the wrong way and put his team back in the semi-final.

Anthony Stokes scores a penalty for Hibs
Anthony Stokes gave Hibs hope from the penalty spot

The penalty was down the Hibs end, in front of thousands of empty seats, tickets that the club asked for but could not sell. The deserted section was an eyesore, an embarrassment for Hibs and for the SPFL. Celtic would have easily filled that area had they been afforded the opportunity.

Where before it was Lennon making a double substitution, now it was Brendan Rodgers' turn. On came James Forrest for the ineffective Patrick Roberts and in came Dembele for Griffiths. The Frenchman was on the field for just five minutes before he scored.

Again, it was a goal that would have had Lennon in a rage. Armstrong drove the ball into the box from the left, Forrest picked up on the far side and banged it in from the right to Scott Sinclair who scuffed a shot into Dembele's path. All alone a few yards out, Dembele scored comfortably.

Shaw scores
Oliver Shaw scored his first goal for Hibs to make it 3-2

That looked to be that, but Hibs came again. Whittaker picked up outside the box and slid a gorgeous pass in behind Nir Bitton, playing centre-half, to substitute Shaw. The 19-year-old's run was outstanding and his finish was just as good. Game on again.

Hibs pressed hard for the equaliser but that, of course, left them short at the back and Celtic fed off that. Laidlaw had to save from Forrest, then he made a fine block from Dembele. He was caught in the end, though. And it was Dembele who caught him.

More slack play in their own half opened the door to Celtic. When they came steaming downfield, Dembele curled a precise shot around the advancing Laidlaw for the fourth.

For Hibs, regret and pain. For Rodgers and Celtic a 60th consecutive game unbeaten in domestic football, another cup final and, perhaps most significantly, the return of an old metronome in Dembele.

The striker hadn't got going this season before this. It's safe to say, he has now.

Dembele scores
Dembele sealed Celtic's win with a double after coming on as a sub

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 21Laidlaw
  • 2GraySubstituted forWhittakerat 45'minutes
  • 25Ambrose
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 51mins
  • 8SlivkaSubstituted forShawat 70'minutes
  • 6BartleySubstituted forBoyleat 45'minutes
  • 20Barker
  • 7McGinn
  • 10McGeouch
  • 28Stokes

Substitutes

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 11Swanson
  • 15Murray
  • 17Boyle
  • 32Shaw
  • 36Porteous

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigBooked at 44mins
  • 20Boyata
  • 6Bitton
  • 63Tierney
  • 8BrownBooked at 69mins
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forRogicat 73'minutes
  • 7RobertsSubstituted forForrestat 61'minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 11Sinclair
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forDembeleat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Dembele
  • 12Gamboa
  • 18Rogic
  • 21Ntcham
  • 24de Vries
  • 35Ajer
  • 49Forrest
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
39,813

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 4.

Attempt saved. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Oli Shaw (Hibernian).

Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Celtic 4. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Attempt missed. Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ross Laidlaw.

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Celtic 3. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Vykintas Slivka.

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Celtic 3. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Sinclair.

Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Moussa Dembele replaces Leigh Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Patrick Roberts.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 1, Celtic 2. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Hibernian. Martin Boyle draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Kieran Tierney (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 21st October 2017

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Falkirk44001311212
2Inverness CT42115328
3Stirling42116517
4Brechin401319-82
5Forfar4013310-71

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline42201331010
2Peterhead43017619
3Hearts42117437
4East Fife411236-34
5Elgin4004213-110

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd4310102811
2Dundee431082610
3Raith Rovers42029546
4Cowdenbeath4103511-63
5Buckie Thistle4004315-120

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian43101311210
2Ross County422080810
3Arbroath412167-16
4Montrose4103215-133
5Alloa401328-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr44001531212
2Kilmarnock43019369
3Clyde4202711-46
4Annan Athletic4013210-82
5Dumbarton401328-61

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Motherwell44001221012
2Morton42118628
3Queen's Park42119907
4Edinburgh City4013312-92
5Berwick401347-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton422011659
2Albion413012937
3Queen of Sth41306427
4East Kilbride411259-45
5Stenhousemuir401339-62

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Livingston431083511
2Partick Thistle431092710
3St Mirren42029726
4Airdrieonians4103410-63
5Stranraer4004412-80
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