Nikica Jelavic grabed an extra-time winner as Rangers triumphed ove Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final yesterday. In a bad tempered match littered with petty fouls it was Rangers who took the lead through Steven Davis after 24 minute, however the lead was short lived as Joe Ledley headed Celtic level on 31 minutes.
Thereafter both sides had chances, with Rangers just having the better of them but it was no surprise when the game went to extra time. The decisive goal came after 98 minutes when Jelavic fired in off the post and in doing so ended Celtics hopes of the domestic treble.
Celtic were reduced to 10 men late in extra time when Izaguirre earned a straight red for a pointless barge on Weiss, and Diouf managed to maintain his ill disipline by picking up a Yellow card despite only being brought on for the final 3 minutes!
The official attendance was 51,181 and overall there were 45 fouls 5 Yellow Cards and a sending off. So much for the players being on their best behaviour following their unpleasant Scottish Cup meeting.
The Scottish Cup semi final draw on Monday was slightly unisual in the fact that 8 teams were still in it as none of the 4 ties had been settled. The holders Dundee United have managed to avoid Celtic and assuming they can beat Motherwell wil be favourites to reach the final again having drawn St Johnstone or Brechin.
Celtic who’s match at Inverness was postponed on Saturday will probably face Aberdeen who themselves have to overcome St Mirren to reach the semis.
Although its not often wise to predict at this stage we feel a Celtic v Dundee United final looks on the cards.
The semi-final ties will be played on the weekend of 16-17 April.
Full Scottish Cup semi-final draw:
Dundee United or Motherwell v Brechin or St Johnstone
St Mirren or Aberdeen v Inverness CT or Celtic
The 3 Scottish Cup Quarter Final matches which were playe this weekend ended in draws while Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Celtic was postponed.
Aberdeen left it late in their tie at St Mirren scoring their equaliser in the 93rd minute, while Dundee United & Motherwell fought out an entertaining 2-2- draw.
Result of the round and possibly of this seasons competition to date however was Brechin’s excellent 2-2 home draw against SPL side St Johnstone with Rory McAllister grabbing the equaliser in the 78th minute to give the Scottish League 2 side a money spinning replay.
The attendance here was an impressive 3,472 which to put it into perspective is around half the population of Brechin as recorded in 2010!