Celtic 2 Aberdeen 0 RECAP: Quadruple treble is ON as Christie and Elyounoussi send Celtic into Scottish Cup final

Celtic and Aberdeen go head-to-head for the second time in seven days with a place in last season's held over Scottish Cup final up for grabs.

Celtic's Ryan Christie celebrates with team mate Scott Brown after he curls home to make it 1-0 during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Celtic's Ryan Christie celebrates with team mate Scott Brown after he curls home to make it 1-0 during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

If the thrilling 3-3 draw at Pittodrie last Sunday is anything to go by, then an exciting match is in store at Hampden Park as Neil Lennon’s men aim to take one step closer to a quadruple treble, while Aberdeen bid for their first final appearance since 2017.

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Celtic 2 Aberdeen 0: FT

Last updated: Sunday, 01 November, 2020, 15:39

  • 18’ Christie stunner fires Celtic ahead 
  • 23’ Elyounoussi doubles the lead from close range
  • Celtic chasing an unprecedented quadruple Treble
  • Dons hoping to reach final for first time since 2017

Hello and welcome to The Scotsman’s coverage of today’s Scottish Cup semi-final clash between Celtic and Aberdeen. We’ll be bringing you live updates from Hampden throughout what promises to be an intriguing afternoon following the thrilling 3-3 draw at Pittodrie last week.

Aberdeen get us underway at Hampden. 

An early indication of the threat posed by the Dons as Wright swings a cross into the box from the left that finds the head of Cosgrove but from six yards he misses the target. 

5: Aberdeen threaten again

A second chance for Cosgrove as he meets Kennedy’s cross beyond the back post but his header is blocked by Nir Bitton at the expense of a corner. The Dons have made a positive start.

8: Celtic on the attack

Frimpong skips into the box and plays a dangerous ball across goal that finds no takers. Celtic hitting back after Aberdeen’s strong start.

13: Aberdeen big chance

What a chance for the Dons to take the lead, but it’s spurned by Hedges. A glorious ball via the outside of the boot of Wright puts his team mate clear into the box but with a clear sight of Bain’s goal, Hedges inexplicably opts to check back onto his left foot allowing the Celtic defence to close him down and he fires wide under pressure. Lack of conviction there from the striker. 

18: GOAL Celtic 1 Aberdeen 0

A stunning opener from Christie who has lit up this semi-final as the Celtic midfielder exchanges passes with Rogic before cutting in from the right and curling a glorious left foot finish into the top corner from 25 yards, leaving Lewis with no chance. 

23: GOAL Celtic 2 Aberdeen 0

The Hoops are now in firm command of this semi-final as Rogic stands up a superb ball to the back post, taking Lewis out of the game, where Elyounoussi arrives ahead of Considine to fire high into the net from inside the six yard box. 

Aberdeen tactical change

Derek McInnes has changed to a four at the back, moving Ross McCrorie to right-back, in an attempt to regain a foothold in the match. The Dons have looked shell-shocked since conceding twie in five minutes and cannot afford to lose another before half-time if they are to have any hope of rescuing the tie.

HT Celtic 2 Aberdeen 0

Aberdeen had some good moments early on but since opening the scoring Celtic have taken control and it’s now hard to see a way back for Derek McInnes’ men. Celtic look a completely different side from the one that largely struggled at Pittodrie last week.  

Celtic get the second half underway

Celtic almost put the tie beyond any doubt as Christie’s cut back is met by Elyounoussi who is denied by a last-ditch challenge from McCrorie

A missed opportunity for the Dons to pull one back as Wright capitalises on a mistake by Bitton to race into the box and set-up Cosgrove in space but the striker miscues his shot straight into the arms of Bain. 

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