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CELTIC FLOPS: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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RONNY DEILA didn’t even last a month as Celtic manager following the Hoops’ penalty-kick shoot-out failure against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final on April 17, 2016.

With the score tied at 2-2 following 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 the culprits from 12 yards for Mark Warburton’s Championship side who still got through 5-4 before losing 3-2 to Hibs in the Final.

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 triumph.

What happened to the Celtic players who made unwanted history at Hampden that fateful afternoon as they went out to a Gers side that was still in the Championship?

THE START OF THE END…Kenny Miller slams the first past Craig Gordon.

CRAIG GORDON

Couldn’t be faulted for the goals from Kenny Miller and Barrie McKay and will almost certainly face the Ibrox side at Parkhead tomorrow. It looked as though his Hoops career may be over two seasons ago when Brendan Rodgers brought in Dorus De Vries who played in the 5-1 victory in the Irishman’s Old Firm debut in September 2016. The Scotland international fought back to reclaim the No.1 spot.

MIKAEL LUSTIG

Put in a solid shift at Hampden and managed to score with his attempt in the spot-kick showdown. Rodgers has shown a preference for the 31-year-old Swedish international although Costa Rican right-back Cristian Gamboa has played three games this term – the same amount at last year.

DEDRYCK BOYATA

Lasted only 25 minutes before limping off against Warburton’s side. It looked as thougn the Belgian World Cup defender, with only 10 months to run on his contract, was on his way in the summer, but he scored the winner against Hamilton Accies on his comeback last week and was also involved in Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League play-off victory over FK Suduva.

OUCH…Stefan Johansen in a tussle with Andy Halliday.

ERIK SVIATCHENKO (sub 25)

The Dane scored the Hoops’ first equaliser at Hampden following Miller’s opener. The centre-back had a spell on loan with former club FC Midtylland last season before the move became permanent in the summer with the Hoops accepting £1.2million for the interrnational stopper.

CHARLIE MULGREW

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 captain at Tony Mowbray’s Championship side Blackburn Rovers after last season’s promotion. Scored his penalty-kick.

KIERAN TIERNEY

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 returned to the club last month after a year-long stay at Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Fayha.

CLASH…Scott Brown challenges Dean Shiels as Kenny Miller looks on.

SCOTT BROWN

Fluffed a crucial penalty-kick with an effort that was too close to keeper Foderingham and will not recall his two hours at the national stadium with any fondness. The skipper had been struggling with injury and looked well off the pace as Rangers dominated the midfield.

NIR BITTON

The Israeli international was overrun in the middle of the park and made little impact on an Ibrox team. Currently injured, he missed a chunk of last season and the start of this campaign. Scored from the spot.

OOPS…Patrick Roberts holds his head in despair after dreadful miss.

PATRICK ROBERTS

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. He returned to the Etihad giants in the summer after two-and-a-half years at Parkhead and is now with Spanish side Girona on another temporary contract.

STEFAN JOHANSEN

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 Deila so long to remove him from proceedings. Played a couple of games for Rodgers before being sold to Fulham for £1million.

PAYING THE PENALTY…Tom Rogic after his spot-kick blunder.

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. Has become a key man in recent games against the Gers and scored in four out of his last five games against them.

GARY MACKAY-STEVEN

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 the former Dundee United winger onto Aberdeen last 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 an attempt that lacked power or precision and struck the woodwork. Scored the opening goal in the 2-0 semi-final success 12 months later.

SPOT ON…Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham after his side’s shoot-out success.

LEIGH GRIFFITHS

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 and became a Celtic Centurian on Thursday when he claimed his 100th Hoops goal with a fabulous free-kick in the 3-0 Europa League play-off win over FK Suduva.

UNUSED SUBS

LOGAN BAILLY

Made only four first team appearances and the former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper is now with Royal Excel Mouscron in his native Belgium.

KRIS COMMONS

The Hoops’ fans’ favourite quit at the end of Rodgers’ debut season and is now a media pundit.

STUART ARMSTRONG

Often overlooked by Deila, but had a resurgence under the guidance of Rodgers which led to his international breakthrough – and his £7million switch to Southampton in the summer.

COLIN KAZIM-RICHARDS

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. Never played for Rodgers and went the way of Carlton Cole, another bewildering capture.

IT’S ALL OVER…Rogic and beaten boss Ronny Deila at the end. Pics: Geo.

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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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