2017 Scottish League Cup Final

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2017 Scottish League Cup Final
Event2017–18 Scottish League Cup
Date26 November 2017
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeCraig Thomson
Attendance49,483
WeatherOvercast
2018

The 2017 Scottish League Cup Final was the 72nd final of the Scottish League Cup and took place on 26 November 2017 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The clubs contesting the final were Motherwell and Celtic.[1][2] Celtic won the match 2–0, winning their 17th League Cup title.[3]

Route to the final[edit]

Motherwell[edit]

Round Opposition Score
Group stage Queen's Park 5–1 (a)
Group stage Greenock Morton 4–0 (h)
Group stage Edinburgh City 2–1 (a)
Group stage Berwick Rangers 1–0 (h)
Second round Ross County 3–2 (a.e.t.) (a)
Quarter-final Aberdeen 3–0 (h)
Semi-final Rangers 2–0 (n)

Motherwell won Group F to qualify for the second round, winning all four games against Queen's Park[4], Greenock Morton[5], Edinburgh City[6] and Berwick Rangers[7].

Motherwell were seeded for the second round draw and were drawn to face Group D runners-up Ross County away from home on 9 August. The Steelmen required extra time to see off a spirited home side, with Ross MacLean scoring the decisive goal eight minutes from the final whistle[8]

Stephen Robinson's faced Aberdeen at Fir Park in the quarter-finals on 21 September. A Peter Hartley header, bookended by a Louis Moult double, secured Motherwell's place in the semi-finals.[9]

Rangers provided the opposition at Hampden Park on 22 October. In a match filled with controversial refereeing decisions, another brace from Louis Moult sent Motherwell to the final.[2]

Celtic[edit]

Round Opposition Score
Second round Kilmarnock 5–0 (h)
Quarter-final Dundee 4–0 (a)
Semi-final Hibernian 4–2 (n)

As Celtic participated in European competition, they received a bye through the 2017–18 Scottish League Cup group stage. The holders were seeded for the second round draw and were drawn at home to face Group E runners-up Kilmarnock on 8 August. A brace from Leigh Griffiths and goals from Anthony Ralston, Kieran Tierney and Stuart Armstrong secured a 5–0 victory.[10]

Celtic visited Dundee in the quarter-finals on 20 September. The Dark Blues were unable to contain Brendan Rodgers' side, with James Forrest, Scott Sinclair and Callum McGregor all on the scoresheet in a 4–0 win.[11]

Celtic faced Hibernian in the semi-final at Hampden Park on 21 October. Two goals each from Mikael Lustig and Moussa Dembélé booked Celtic's place in the 2017 final, presenting the Bhoys with the opportunity to defend the trophy.[1]

Match[edit]

Summary[edit]

Following a goalless first half, James Forrest gave Celtic the lead four minutes after the interval, controlling a Callum McGregor pass before curling the ball with his left foot into the far left corner of the net. On the hour mark, Craig Thomson awarded the Glasgow side a controversial penalty after Cédric Kipré was adjudged to have fouled Scott Sinclair.[12] The French defender was red-carded and compatriot Moussa Dembélé converted the resultant penalty, shooting low to the centre of the net to secure back-to-back League Cup triumphs for the Scottish champions.[13][14]

Details[edit]

Motherwell0–2Celtic
SPFL Report Forrest Goal 49'
Dembélé Goal 60' (pen.)
Attendance: 49,483
Referee: Craig Thomson
Motherwell
Celtic
GK 1 Northern Ireland Trevor Carson
RB 2 Scotland Richard Tait
CB 6 England Peter Hartley
CB 21 Ivory Coast Cédric Kipré Red card 58'
LB 18 Republic of Ireland Charles Dunne
CM 4 England Liam Grimshaw Substituted off 51'
CM 8 Republic of Ireland Carl McHugh (c) Yellow card 54'
CM 15 Australia Andy Rose Substituted off 70'
AM 7 Scotland Chris Cadden
FW 9 England Louis Moult
FW 12 England Ryan Bowman Substituted off 64'
Substitutes:
GK 13 England Russell Griffiths
DF 3 Scotland Steven Hammell
MF 11 England Elliott Frear Substituted in 70'
FW 17 England Alex Fisher
FW 20 Lithuania Deimantas Petravičius
MF 22 Scotland Allan Campbell Yellow card 74' Substituted in 64'
FW 27 England Craig Tanner Substituted in 51'
Manager:
Northern Ireland Stephen Robinson
GK 1 Scotland Craig Gordon
RB 23 Sweden Mikael Lustig
CB 5 Croatia Jozo Šimunović
CB 20 Belgium Dedryck Boyata
LB 63 Scotland Kieran Tierney
CM 8 Scotland Scott Brown (c) Yellow card 90+2'
CM 14 Scotland Stuart Armstrong
AM 49 Scotland James Forrest Substituted off 78'
AM 42 Scotland Callum McGregor Substituted off 89'
AM 11 England Scott Sinclair
FW 10 France Moussa Dembélé Yellow card 16' Substituted off 64'
Substitutes:
GK 24 Netherlands Dorus de Vries
MF 7 England Patrick Roberts Substituted in 78'
FW 9 Scotland Leigh Griffiths Substituted in 64'
MF 18 Australia Tom Rogic Substituted in 89'
MF 21 France Olivier Ntcham
DF 28 Denmark Erik Sviatchenko
DF 35 Norway Kristoffer Ajer
Manager:
Northern Ireland Brendan Rodgers
Match officials
Match rules
  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hibernian 2 Celtic 4". BBC Sport. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Rangers 0 Motherwell 2". BBC Sport. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Motherwell 0–2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. ^ Southwick, Andrew (15 July 2017). "Queen's Park 1–5 Motherwell". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Motherwell 4–0 Greenock Morton". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Edinburgh City 1–2 Motherwell". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Motherwell 1–0 Berwick Rangers". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  8. ^ Davie, Scott (9 August 2017). "Ross County 2–3 Motherwell". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  9. ^ Crawford, Kenny (21 September 2017). "Motherwell 3–0 Aberdeen". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  10. ^ Crawford, Kenny (8 August 2017). "Celtic 5–0 Kilmarnock". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  11. ^ McLaughlin, Chris (20 September 2017). "Dundee 0–4 Celtic". bbc.co.uk/sport. BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Forrest and Dembélé seal Scottish League Cup for Celtic over Motherwell". Guardian. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Motherwell 0 Celtic 2: James Forrest and Moussa Dembele seal 101st trophy in club's history". The Telegraph. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Motherwell 0 - 2 Celtic: Controversy as Celtic win Betfred Cup". The Scotsman. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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