Cameron Carter-Vickers played his final game of the season for Celtic as he helped them to book a spot in the Scottish Cup final and a chance to complete the treble with a win over Malik Tillman and Rangers.
Rangers 0-1 Celtic
A first-half goal for Celtic proved to be all they needed as they were able to hold on and knock out their Glasgow rivals Rangers at Hampden Park to book a spot in the Scottish Cup final against Inverness.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started for the Hoops and went the distance in a performance that kept his team’s hopes for a treble very much alive. Malik Tillman started for the Light Blues, but only played 36 minutes as he was subbed off due to an injury.
Things were very chippy from the start as players from both sides were involved in shoving matches. However, neither side really proved to be a threat when it came to putting any chances on goal.
That all changed in the 42nd minute when Celtic caught the Rangers backline sleeping. The players had stopped playing as they thought a free-kick was about to be awarded when Matthew O’Riley went down near the box. However, a very aware Daizen Maeda pounced on the ball and sent a cross towards the direction of Jota who sent a thumping header past goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Rangers were in desperation mode as they faced a season without winning a single trophy. They came out in the second half with more intensity.
They came close when Todd Cantwell sent a cross into the box that left every player scrambling to gain control of it. Alfredo Morelos had a chance to level the score, but Carter-Vickers was on the spot to make the crucial block. Rangers had another excellent opportunity when James Tavernier put a shot on target that beat Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart but did not beat the post.
Rangers had no answers as Celtic was able to withstand the pressure up until the final whistle to put them one game away from completing an historic season.
June 3, the Hoops will have their chance to put their hands on another trophy when they face off against Inverness at Hampden Park in the final.
Carter-Vickers gave his reaction on Celtic’s performance following the game.