Aberdeen and Celtic Football Club have progressed through their semi-finals and are set to meet for the third time in an SPFL League Cup final.
The 2013-14 Champions defeated Morton 2-0 on Saturday in a dominant display where the Championship team’s defence eventually broke after 69 minutes from an Adam Rooney header, before Kenneth McLean confirmed the result in the final minutes.
Sunday’s meeting of The Old Firm was played in front of fifty-thousand passionate supporters who were made to wait until the 87th minute for a break-through when Moussa Dembele broke the hearts of Rangers fans to send Celtic through to the final.
The two victors will now meet after playing for the League Cup trophy in 1999-00, where Celtic prevailed 2-0, as well as 1976-77 when Aberdeen emerged as the winners with a 2-1 victory in extra-time.
Morton were looking for a first appearance in the League Cup final since their 1963-64 loss to the Rangers and were up against an in form Aberdeen outfit, who sat second in the Premiership off the back of five consecutive victories.
Unsurprising to some, the Dons started the stronger and came close to an opener with shots off two consecutive corners in the opening minutes. However, despite being dominated in the shot-count 11-2 and corner-count 11-1, Morton managed to hold on to keep the game scoreless at half-time.
The Championship club grew more into the match early in the second half and Jai Quitongo narrowly missed two opportunities on goal. However, the pressure soon reaped a reward at the other end with Rooney heading home for the game’s opener in the 69th minute. McLean confirmed the result with an 88th minute goal, ending Morton’s successful Cup run just short of their first final in 53 years.
Sunday’s second semi-final provided for an incredible atmosphere at Hampden Park as Rangers and Celtic went head-to-head for the right to play Aberdeen.
It was a tense affair, however both teams were able to create chances in what was a fast and open first half of football, remaining goalless after 45 minutes.
Celtic continued to have the better of the opportunities however failed to take advantage as it looked like the match might be heading for extra-time. However, as 90 minutes approached, Dembele was quickest onto a ball delivered from the right wing, proceeding to flick the ball past Matthew Gilks and secure the club’s fourth League Cup final appearance in the past seven seasons.
The final between Aberdeen and Celtic will take place at Hampden Park on Sunday, 27th November and ProgrammeMaster will be producing the match-day programme for the competition’s pinnacle event.