CRESTFALLEN Chris Cadden admitted Celtic swept Motherwell away in the opening 45 minutes as they crashed 2-0 in the Scottish Cup Final.

The Fir Park wing-back said: “It didn’t go the way we imagined. It was a tough result. I thought we lost the game in the first-half. That gave us too much to do after the interval.

“We showed them too much respect in the opening half. Obviously, they’re a good team, they’ve spent a lot of money, they’ve got guys on good money, as well, and they deserve some amount of respect.

“But that’s not really our game – showing people respect. We’ve got to get into people’s faces and we didn’t do that first-half. We did it more second-half, but by then it was too late.”

WELL UPSET…striker Ryan Bowman after the defeat. Pic: geo.

Cadden added: “They won the league pretty comfortably, so they’ve been good all season. But I don’t think them going for the double-treble was a big factor. They didn’t want it more than us.

“You can see our boys, we’re gutted for the fans, for everybody. We wanted it as well, just as much as them.

”But Celtic punish you. If you give them a yard they’ll put it in the net, which they did.

”The manager, Stephen Robinson, said: ‘There’s 45 minutes left of the season, you’ve got to go and leave it all on the pitch, no regrets’.

“He told us if we end up getting beat, then we get beat, but run your socks off and see what happens.”

Cadden and his Fir Park team-mates were struggling after 25 minutes when superb strikes from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham put the Hoops 2-0 ahead and on their way to a second successive treble.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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