Cameron Carter-Vickers and Celtic celebrated on Sunday as they were able to hold to secure the Scottish League Cup final over Malik Tillman and Glasgow rivals Rangers.
Rangers 1-2 Celtic
Celtic got the better of their Glasgow rivals Rangers at Hampden Park as the Hoops did enough to lift the Scottish League Cup title.
Cameron Carter-Vickers went the distance for the Hoops, while Malik Tillman played 65 minutes for the Light Blues.
With the first piece of silverware on the line in the Scottish season, Celtic appeared to be the better side as the game started, while their opponents struggled to find any kind of rhythm. Kyogo Furuhashi came very close to opening the scoring after 20 minutes, but his shot was parried away by Rangers’ goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Carter-Vickers would then make a crucial stop to prevent a goal when he slid in to clear a dangerous pass from James Tavernier to teammate Fashion Sakala.
After a few more chances, Celtic finally broke the scoreless deadlock in the 44th minute when Greg Taylor’s low cross from the left was initially missed by Daizen Maeda, but it ended up at the feet of Furuhashi in the six-yard box as he tapped it home to the delight of the raucuous supporters.
Rangers came very close to leveling the score as the game entered the second half when Ryan Kent fired a shot that clipped the post. Sakala followed up with a shot of his own, but it only hit the side netting.
The Japanese international doubled the Hoops’ lead in the 56th minute when steered the ball into the back of the net following a cross from Reo Hatate.
Rangers would then cut the deficit in the 64th minute when Alfredo Morelos was able to get a foot on the ball to score following a free-kick from Tavernier.
The game would be testy in the final stretch as Rangers pushed for the equalizer, but in the end, Celtic would hold on to lift their seventh League Cup in nine years.