1990 Scottish Cup Final

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1990 Scottish Cup Final
Event1989–90 Scottish Cup
(after extra time)
(Aberdeen won 9–8 on penalties)
Date12 May 1990
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeGeorge Smith

The 1990 Scottish Cup Final was the 105th final of the Scottish Cup, Scottish football's most prestigious knock-out association football competition. The match took place at Hampden Park on 12 May 1990 and was contested by Scottish Premier Division clubs Aberdeen and Celtic. It was Aberdeen's 13th and Celtic's 45th Scottish Cup Final. The clubs had previously met at the same stage of the tournament on five occasions. Celtic were the defending champions of the competition from the previous two seasons having defeated Rangers and Dundee United respectively.

As Scottish Premier Division clubs, Aberdeen and Celtic both entered the competition in the third round. Aberdeen won all of its four fixtures before the final on its first attempt whilst Celtic needed one replay to see off Premier Division club Dunfermline Athletic in the quarter-finals. Aberdeen knocked out Division One clubs Partick Thistle and Morton before defeating Premier Division clubs Heart of Midlothian and Dundee United before the final. Celtic also defeated two Division One clubs as well as Old Firm and Premier Division rivals Rangers in the fourth round.

The match was Celtic's 45th appearance in the final while it was Aberdeen's 13th. Both clubs had met in the final on five occasions beforehand in 1937, 1954, 1967, 1970 and 1984 with Celtic winning three over Aberdeen's two. Celtic had previously won the tournament 29 times whilst Aberdeen only six times, four coming in the previous nine seasons.

Aberdeen won the match 9–8 on penalties after a 0–0 draw over 90 minutes of normal play and 30 minutes of extra-time. With the shoot-out poised at 3-4 Celtic bound striker Charlie Nicholas was required to score to send the shoot-out to Sudden Death. After a further 8 consecutive successful penalty kicks Celtic's Anton Rogan missed the penultimate kick, allowing Brian Irvine to win the tie and claim Aberdeen's seventh Scottish Cup victory.[1][2]

Route to the final[edit]

Aberdeen Round Celtic
Home team Score Away team Aberdeen scorer(s) Home team Score Away team Celtic scorer(s)
Partick Thistle 2 – 6 Aberdeen Van der Ark Goal Goal Goal
Mason Goal
Grant Goal
Robertson Goal
Round Three[3] Forfar Athletic 1 – 2 Celtic Morris Goal
Dziekanowski Goal
Aberdeen 2 – 1 Greenock Morton Gillhaus Goal
Nicholas Goal
Round Four Celtic 1 – 0 Rangers Coyne Goal
Aberdeen 4 – 1 Hearts Bett Goal 7'
McKimmie Goal 71'
Irvine Goal 75'
Nicholas Goal 84'
Quarter-finals Dunfermline Athletic 0 – 0 Celtic None
Replay Celtic 3 – 0 Dunfermline Athletic McStay Goal
Coyne Goal
Miller Goal
Aberdeen 4 – 0 Dundee United Irvine Goal
Gillhaus Goal (o.g.) Goal (o.g.)
Semi-finals Celtic 2 – 0 Clydebank Walker Goal Goal

Match details[edit]

GK Netherlands Theo Snelders
DF Scotland Stewart McKimmie
DF Scotland Alex McLeish
DF Scotland Brian Irvine
DF Scotland David Robertson
MF England Paul Mason Substituted off 105'
MF Scotland Brian Grant
MF Scotland Jim Bett
FW Scotland Bobby Connor
FW Scotland Charlie Nicholas
FW Netherlands Hans Gillhaus
DF Scotland Graham Watson Substituted in 105'
MF Scotland Eoin Jess
Scotland Alex Smith
GK Republic of Ireland Pat Bonner
DF Poland Dariusz Wdowczyk
DF England Paul Elliott
DF Scotland Derek Whyte
DF Northern Ireland Anton Rogan
MF Scotland Billy Stark Substituted off 90'
MF Scotland Peter Grant
MF Scotland Paul McStay
FW Scotland Joe Miller
FW Scotland Andy Walker Substituted off 100'
FW Poland Dariusz Dziekanowski
MF Scotland Mike Galloway Substituted in 90'
FW Republic of Ireland Tommy Coyne Substituted in 100'
Scotland Billy McNeill


  1. ^ Traynor, James (14 May 1990). "Stagnant Celtic pay ultimate penalty. Snelders saves Rogan's kick and Irvine secures cup for Aberdeen". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ Don Morrison (13 May 1990). "Cheers and tears". Sunday Mail. The Celtic Wiki. Retrieved 27 October 2018 – via The Celtic Wiki.
  3. ^ Premier Division teams received a bye to the third round.