By Richard Parks
Chris Sutton drooled over Moussa Dembele, Tom Rogic and Scott Brown after Celtic stayed on course for a second consecutive treble with a 4-0 Scottish Cup triumph over Rangers.
The former Hoops striker and pundit was blown away by the performances of the trio, who he insisted scared the living daylights out of Graeme Murty’s side.
Goals from Rogic, Callum McGregor and second-half penalties from Dembele and Olivier Ntcham secured a comprehensive win at Hampden that booked Celtic a place in the final next month against Motherwell.
“The Rangers players were fearful,” Sutton told the Daily Record. “Gaffer Murty was right when he said it took them a
long time to recover from last month’s 3-2 defeat because they’re mentally weak.
“But we have to give Celtic credit. They haven’t hit the heights of last season but their big players turned up again when they were under scrutiny.
“Scott Brown ran the game, Rogic again produced as he does in this fixture and McGregor took his goal well.
“There was talk before the game over whether Brendan would go with Dembele or Leigh Griffiths and the Celtic manager has that luxury.
“But Dembele was outstanding and too much for Rangers as he often has been when he’s played against them in a Celtic shirt – his record is phenomenal – and it will be good for him to silence some of his doubters.”
Football Insider verdict:
One only had to look at the Celtic bench when the teams were announced to judge the size of Rangers’ task at Hampden. Scott Sinclair, Patrick Roberts, Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard were all primed as top-notch reinforcements just in case the Hoops needed a plan B or C. In the event, they did not. Dembele, Rogic, Brown and company were more than enough to secure a place in the final for Celtic and put them on course for a unique double treble. Celtic have been nowhere near as good this season as they were when steamrollering all domestic opponents last season, but the gap between them and their rivals is just as big as it was.