Scottish Cup - Final
Hearts1Celtic2

Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Celtic

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Edouard's double clinches treble treble

Celtic secured a historic treble of domestic trophies for the third consecutive season as Odsonne Edouard's two goals overcame Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.

Neil Lennon has now led Celtic to a league and cup double after succeeding Brendan Rodgers mid-season and has been offered the manager's job permanently.

His side overcame the setback of Ryan Edwards' second-half strike.

Edouard equalised from the penalty spot before coolly hitting the winner.

The Edinburgh side fought hard for an equaliser of their own in the closing stages, but Celtic stood firm to establish a new mark of triumph in the history of Scottish football.

The final whistle brought an emotional response from Lennon on the touchline for a victory that also means Aberdeen qualify for the Europa League instead of Hearts having come fourth in the Premiership.

His claim to the manager's role was based on his experience of leading the club to success during a previous spell, of being able to urge and cajole players to deliver the best of themselves during the uncertainty that followed Rodgers' departure for Leicester - and this cup victory was built on the resilience of his players.

Edouard delivers devastating double

Celtic were forced into a period of reflection during the interval at Hampden. It was clear enough what Lennon thought of their first-half performance, as he hollered for his players to raise the tempo of their game.

Much of the lethargy was caused by the organisation and determination of Hearts, who brought a level of assertiveness to their game that belied the pre-game assumptions that they would struggle to compete at Hampden.

Christophe Berra and John Souttar were solid pillars of resistance at the back, the latter clearing from Edouard inside the penalty area then blocking a James Forrest shot.

Hearts were not at full strength - striker Uche Ikpeazu was on the bench while 16-year-old Aaron Hickey started only his second game for the club at left-back, having made his first start last week in the final Premiership game of the season against Celtic.

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Neil Lennon spoke about his pride prior to the news about his job offer

Craig Levein's side fought valiantly, though, and took the lead when Arnaud Djoum's shot broke to Sean Clare, who back-heeled the ball to Edwards to shoot first-time beyond Scott Bain.

As Celtic responded, Souttar stood firm again, clearing after Scott Brown burst into the penalty area and then stepping in to clear from Tom Rogic.

Hearts could not maintain Souttar's flawless display. Zlamal hesitated as he left his line to close down Edouard inside the penalty area, then panicked and slid into the striker. Referee Willie Collum pointed to the spot and Edouard converted with confidence when Zlamal perhaps could have done better.

The striker remained unflustered when Berra was caught out of position and Mikael Lustig's header sent the ball through for Edouard to chase, and he coolly lifted the ball beyond the Hearts keeper's reach and into the net.

"No fouls, no fouls" shouted Lennon as his side tried to close the game out, conscious of Hearts' threat at set-pieces. Celtic had the experience and the calmness to see themselves over the line.

'Hearts stifled Celtic' - analysis

BBC Sport Scotland's Brian McLauchlin at Hampden

The pressure on the Celtic players was evident from the start, as they looked nervous in the early stages and it was only after Hearts took the lead that an urgency entered their game.

Hearts were wonderfully well organised and ensured Celtic's key players were not allowed to dictate the pace while stifling their creativity.

Craig Levein and his players may look back upon this as a missed opportunity but there are plenty of positives to take from the 90 minutes.

None more so than the performance of teenager Aaron Hickey at full back, who belied his youth and was more than a match for James Forrest.

Both squads will have major surgery in the summer, with many players leaving new faces arriving at both Tynecastle and Parkhead. Then the quest will begin once more for league and cup glory.

Line-ups

Hearts

  • 1ZlamalBooked at 61mins
  • 2Smith
  • 4Souttar
  • 6Berra
  • 51Hickey
  • 22Edwards
  • 5HaringSubstituted forBozanicat 81'minutes
  • 10Sutchuin-DjoumBooked at 65mins
  • 9ClareSubstituted forWightonat 75'minutes
  • 18MacLeanSubstituted forIkpeazuat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Mulraney

Substitutes

  • 3Shaughnessy
  • 7Bozanic
  • 13Doyle
  • 15Wighton
  • 19Ikpeazu
  • 20Cochrane
  • 31Burns

Celtic

  • 29BainBooked at 90mins
  • 23Lustig
  • 5Simunovic
  • 35Ajer
  • 15HayesSubstituted forBittonat 89'minutes
  • 8BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
  • 18RogicSubstituted forNtchamat 70'minutes
  • 73JohnstonSubstituted forSinclairat 72'minutes
  • 22Edouard

Substitutes

  • 2Toljan
  • 6Bitton
  • 11Sinclair
  • 21Ntcham
  • 24de Vries
  • 32Benkovic
  • 77Dembele
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
49,434

Match Stats

Home TeamHeartsAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Celtic 2.

  2. Booking

    Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) is shown the yellow card.

  3. Booking

    Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Heart of Midlothian 1, Celtic 2.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  6. Post update

    Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Christophe Berra (Heart of Midlothian).

  9. Post update

    (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

    Scott Bain (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Jonny Hayes.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael Smith.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Uche Ikpeazu (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  16. Post update

    Jake Mulraney (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Hayes (Celtic).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Heart of Midlothian. Conceded by Scott Bain.

  19. Post update

    Djoum (Heart of Midlothian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Scott Sinclair (Celtic).

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