Hoops mainstay makes up for last season: Three things learned from Celtic v Motherwell
Celtic clinched a second successive domestic treble with a comfortable 2-0 win over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.
The Hoops dominated the game from the start, and took the lead after only 11 minutes, with Callum McGregor continuing his habit of scoring big goals in big with a superb half-volley from the edge of the penalty box.
The Bhoys doubled their advantage in the 25th minute, as Olivier Ntcham took Dembele’s pass and fired home from just outside the penalty box.
Craig Gordon made his first real save of the game early in the second-half from a Curtis Main shot, then Dembele was denied twice in quick succession by Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
Gael Bigirimana hit the bar for the Steelmen with a late free-kick, but the Hoops were comfortable winners in the end.
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Here, Football Insider looks at three things learned in Celtic’s clash v Motherwell:
BIG GAME PLAYER SHINES ONCE MORE
Callum McGregor had another huge game for the Bhoys, opening the scoring in only the 11th minute of the game, and causing the Steelmen all kinds of problems with his runs from midfield.
The goal was his 12th of the season, and it was yet another example of the Scotland international scoring goals in a big game for the Bhoys, as he followed up his goal in the semi-final v Rangers with a goal in the final.
McGregor looks set to be a mainstay for the Hoops for many years to come, and he could well be the natural replacement for Hoops captain Scott Brown in the long-term, for both the Hoops and the national team.
KIERAN TIERNEY MAKES UP FOR LAST YEAR
Kieran Tierney memorably missed most of last season’s final with a jaw injury, but the player was more than willing to make up for that with a memorable appearance.
He was up and down the wing for the Bhoys non-stop, and he will be slightly disappointed that his standard of cross into the penalty box wasn’t slightly better.
He still had an excellent game though, and will be a huge player for many years to come, even though any interested teams will have been impressed with his performance for the Hoops.
MOUSSA DEMBELE A CONSTANT THREAT
Moussa Dembele was excellent in what could be his final game for the Hoops, and he will be disappointed that he didn’t manage to find the next, he should have done better with a header that was saved by Trevor Carson.
His touch was excellent at all times though, and his pass to set up Olivier Ntcham’s goal was excellent. If he does leave the Hoops in the summer he will go with best wishes from the Hoops support.
Only time will tell what happens to Dembele in the summer, but the Hoops could well have his replacement already at the club in Odsonne Edouard, should he sign a permanent deal with the Bhoys.
In other Celtic news, fans are happy with the team selected for the Cup Final