RONNY DEILA didn’t even last a month as Celtic manager following the Hoops’ penalty-kick shoot-out defeat against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final on April 17, 2016.
With the score tied at 2-2 after extra-time, Wes Foderingham saved from Scott Brown, Callum McGregor hit the bar and Tom Rogic blazed over to allow the Ibrox men to progress.
James Tavernier and Nicky Clark were culprits from 12 yards for Mark Warburton’s Championship side who still got through 5-4.
Assistant boss John Collins also left with Deila on May 15 following the last league game of the season, a 7-0 win over Motherwell as the club celebrated a fifth successive title win.
What happened to the Celtic players who made unwanted history at Hampden that fateful afternoon?
Couldn’t be faulted for the goals from Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay and likely to face the Ibrox side tomorrow. Made his comeback in the goalless draw against Dundee earlier this month after a two-month injury lay-off with a knee problem.
THAT SINKING FEELING…Kenny Miller slams the first goal past Craig Gordon.
An unspectacular, stuffy display against Gers.. Practically an automatic selection in the first half of the season, but Brendan Rodgers has utilised Jack Hendry and Kristoffer Ajer on the right-side of defence in some of the recent games. Scored with his spot-kick.
Lasted only 25 minutes before limping off. Has suffered with injury and inconsistent form this season and is coming into the last year of his contract. The Belgian international centre-back has failed to display the poise and composure of the previous campaign.
DANISH DELIGHT…Erik Sviatchenko celebrates with Leigh Griffiths after Celtic’s first goal.
ERIK SVIATCHENKO (sub 25)
The Dane scored the Hoops’ first equaliser at Hampden following Miller’s opener. The centre-back is back on loan with former club FC Midtylland after failing to recover his form following an injury in the 1-0 Champions League win over BK Rosenberg at the start of August.
The experienced ex-skipper played only two more games – a 1-1 draw with Ross County and a 3-2 defeat at Aberdeen – before leaving Parkhead when his contract wasn’t renewed. Now with English League side Blackburn Rovers. Scored his penalty-kick.
Played well in the Cup shocker and set up Sviatchenko for his goal. Hasn’t looked back since being introduced by Deila for Honduran international Emilio Izaguirre who is now with Saudi club Al-Fayha.
PUSH OFF…Celtic skipper Scott Brown challenged by Kenny Miller.
Fluffed a crucial penalty-kick with an effort that was too close to Wes Foderingham and will not recall his two hours at the national stadium with any fondness. To be fair to the skipper, he had been struggling with injury and looked well off the pace.
The Israeli international was overrun in the middle of the park and made little impact on an Ibrox team that dominated in this area. He will be in the stand tomorrow after injury wrecked the second half of his campaign. Scored from the spot.
BHOY BLUNDER…Patrick Roberts can’t believe his open goal howler.
The on-loan Manchester City winger missed a sitter after a Leigh Griffiths shot had hit the inside of the post and rebounded to him, unmarked and only six yards out. He contrived to miss the target. Another whose season has been blighted by injury, but should be a sub, at least, for this one.
The Norwegian was anonymous against Andy Halliday and Co as Deila’s men flopped in the team’s engine room. It was a surprise it took his fellow-countryman so long to remove him from proceedings. Now with Championship outfit Fulham.
PAYING THE PENALTY…Tom Rogic watches the decisive spot-kick sail over the bar.
TOM ROGIC (sub 84)
The Aussie playmaker was introduced six minutes from the end of regulation time and netted the club’s second leveller in the extra period following McKay’s wonder strike. The newly-laid turf moved as Rogic took aim with the deciding penalty-kick and his effort sailed waywardly over the bar.
Just did not show up for this one. Dropped into an air pocket and once again it was puzzling he was allowed so much game time when he was contributing next to nothing. Rodgers moved him onto Aberdeen in the summer.
CALLUM McGREGOR (sub 71)
Tried to pep up the middle of the park, but lacked support with Warburton’s team already well in the ascendancy. Failed to convert from the spot with a lackadaisical attempt that lacked power or precision and struck the woodwork. Scored the opening goal in the 2-0 semi-final success 12 months later.
OUT OF LUCK…Leigh Griffiths takes the last-gasp free-kick that struck the underside of the bar.
So unfortunate not to get the winner in the fading moments of extra-time. The striker swept a ferocious 25-yard free-kick high past Foderingham only to see his effort crash against the underside of the crossbar, hit the keeper on the back and squirm past the post. Scored with his spot-kick.
Made only four first team appearances and the former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper is now with Royal Excel Mouscron in his native Belgium.
The Hoops’ fans’ favourite quit at the end of last season and is now a media pundit.
Often overlooked by Deila, but had a resurgence under the guidance of Rodgers last season, leading to his international breakthrough.
The Turkish international striker was one of Deila’s most bizarre signings. Scored only two goals in a handful of starts and left for Corinthians in Brazil at the end of the campaign.
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