CELTIC produced a five-star performance as they overcame Hibs 5-2 in the Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden on Saturday night.
The holders, looking for their TENTH successive piece of domstic silverware, now meet Rangers in the Final at the national stadium on Sunday, December 8.
The Hoops made no mistake against their Edinburgh rivals who fought out a 1-1 draw at Easter Road earlier in the campaign. On this occasion, though, Neil Lennon’s men were rampant as they thumped five sefforts behind Chris Maxwell.
Mohamed Elyounoussi, on loan from Southampton for the reaminder of the season, was so unlucky not to to notch a hat-trick. The Norwegian international claimed two in the first-half and thought he had notched a third when he left an opponent for dead with a neat step over and left-foot drive that zipped past the stranded keeper. Unfortunately, it smacked against the foot of the far upright and rebounded straight into Maxwell’s grateful arms.
Skipper supreme Scott Brown hit his first double since December 2014 as he put his old side to the sword in a thrilling second-half.
Scotzine‘s snappers were at Hampden to capture the action. Here is the pick of the pics.
NUMBER ONE…Mohamed Elyounoussi sends a header hurtling into the Hibs net.
JOY BHOY…Elyounoussi runs away in delight.
NUMBER TWO…midfielder Callum McGregor jumps for joy after his strike.
EYES ON THE BALL…Boli Bolingoli races into attack.
NUMBER THREE…Mohamed Elyounoussi slides in Odsonne Edouard’s cross.
KNOCK ON WOOD…Elyounoussi can only watch in agony as his shot strikes Chris Maxwell’s left-hand post.
NUMBER FOUR…Scott Brown is triumphant after slamming in a fumble from the keeper at a left-wing corner-kick.
NUMBER FIVE…the Celtic skipper wallops a left-foot drive into the net to bring the scoring to a halt.
WELL DONE, BHOYS…Neil Lennon congratulates Jeremie Frimpong as Odsonne Edouard walks past.