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Scottish League Cup quarter final: Celtic march on past the Jambos

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Celtic marched into the semi finals of the Scottish League Cup thanks to the tenacity of striker Leigh Griffiths as the cup holders ran out 2-1 winners over Hearts at Tynecastle.

Neither side could be separated in the first half of the tie going in at the break all square, but with the tie looking as though it may head to extra time, Griffiths popped up in the 71st minute producing an Archie Gemmill-esque solo run as he jinked and drove through the Hearts defence before scoring, sending the away fans into wild celebrations.

Just nine minutes later, Griffiths again proved the driving force for Celtic as he drove down the right flank before sending a ball into the six yard box which was coolly flicked into the back of the net by substitute Tom Rogic.

With just a minute remaining, Hearts scored what was proven to be a consolation goal as substitute Arnaud Djoum headed home a corner from close range – with Celtic’s defence proving that their inability to defend set pieces had not been solved.

Celtic now join Ross County and St.Johnstone in awaiting the winner of Hibernian and Dundee United who play next week.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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