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Ten-man Celtic beat Rangers to win fourth League Cup in a row

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Jullien's winner from Ryan Christie's free-kick was Celtic's only shot on targetTen-man Celtic survived a Rangers onslaught - including a missed penalty - to clinch their fourth Scottish League Cup in a row and 10th consecutive domestic trophy.Christopher Jullien slammed in the winner with Celtic's only shot on target, though the French defender appeared a yard offside.But three minutes later in a frantic contest, Jeremie Frimpong was sent off after fouling Alfredo Morelos in the box, only for Fraser Forster to save the Colombian's penalty.
That was only one of a series of brilliant saves by the Celtic goalkeeper, who spectacularly denied Ryan Jack before the break as well as Morelos on three occasions.The Rangers striker wasted a number of other opportunities including one in stoppage time as, despite finding the net 25 times this season, he remains without a goal against Celtic.Neil Lennon's side demonstrated impressive resilience as they further burnish their dominance of Scottish football and are now 31 domestic cup matches unbeaten.
Reaction & as it happened
Player Rater: who was man of the match[/img]
'Rangers seize final by the throat'
To say that Rangers were dominant in the opening half would be the understatement of the season. They should have been at least one goal, and probably more, ahead such was their control. Rangers came out of the traps with aggression, energy and intent. They pressed Celtic into a state of distraction. Not only could the champions not raise any kind of gallop in attack, they could scarcely keep hold of what little of the ball they had.Inspired by the desire and intelligence of Jack and Glen Kamara, Rangers seized the final by the throat from the first whistle. They forced three corners inside seven minutes and won the header each time. Connor Goldson had two reasonable chances to put them ahead. Filip Helander won the third one as Celtic's defence looked in serious trouble.There was more to come from Gerrard's team. Not a goal, but chance after chance. Jack launched a rocket from miles out and Forster, at full stretch, tipped it away brilliantly. Rangers' chances and Forster's saves became a recurring theme. Incredibly, Goldson had another look from a corner just 16 minutes in. Soon after, Morelos - no goal in 10 Old Firm games - saw his first shot of the final squirm under Forster's body. Celtic got lucky there. Jonny Hayes was first to the loose ball and hacked clear as Joe Aribo loitered. None of Celtic's go-to men were at the races, not Scott Brown, not Callum McGregor, not James Forrest, not Ryan Christie. Odsonne Edouard was not fit enough to start the final - he was on the bench - and how they missed his physicality. The fact that Rangers were utterly controlling things without the injured Steven Davis was all the more impressive.They needed a goal, though. And it refused to come. That was their undoing, their horror. Morelos got himself free again but his shot was met with a low save from Forster. Kristoffer Ajer had a header for Celtic that reminded you that they still existed in the game but the normal flow continued directly with more Rangers chances on the back of more Celtic errors forced from them by the blue storm. Morelos skipped away from Ajer down the right and, on the angle, fired directly at Forster. Ten minutes later he went again, but this time Forster kicked away his attempt with his right foot. Morelos really should have put that one away.Celtic were being schooled, their only saving grace being that they were somehow level. They couldn't live with the intensity of their rivals. At the break, Mohamed Elyounoussi, anonymous and clearly still unfit after a month out, was replaced by Mikey Johnston but the theme carried on as before.
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Afredo Morelos' spot kick was saved by Fraser ForsterOnly now it became madcap, something that belonged more on a movie set than a football stadium. Early in the new half, Aribo found Morelos at the back post and his touch practically carried along the face of Celtic's goal-line to safety. It was a surreal moment. Next, after excellent work from Morelos and woeful Celtic defending, Aribo had his shot hoofed away by the colossus in Celtic's goal. A few minutes later, another golden moment for Rangers and another for the one-man drama, Morelos. His close-range header had to find the net - just had to - but when it came back up off the turf Forster palmed it away. Three massive moments in five minutes and still no Rangers goal. Then there was a huge penalty shout for Gerrard's side. Morelos tried to bring the ball down in the box only to crumple with Brown in close proximity. Footage showed the Celtic captain catch the Colombian in the back of the leg, but no award was given as Morelos clattered to the turf.This outrageously compelling and consistently trippy final then went up another notch on the bizarre-o-meter. Having been out-fought, out-thought and out-played, Celtic went ahead when Jullien slammed home from Christie's free-kick. Not only was Jullien offside when he scored, so was Edouard, on the field in the midst of this Celtic crisis, and one other. Three men offside and yet referee Willie Collum and his officials said the goal was good.Rangers were shell-shocked for three minutes, then had their spirits soaring when they won a penalty and saw Frimpong red-carded in the act of fouling Morelos, and then returned to the ranks of the haunted when the striker had his penalty saved by the unbeatable Celtic goalkeeper.There was no doubting Frimpong's offence and no arguing with his dismissal. Morelos got in behind him and the young man panicked. So, too, did Rangers. James Tavernier, the usual penalty taker, ceded responsibility to Morelos - what an enormous talking point that will be - and Morelos botched it. His shot was unconvincing, Forster saving to his right.The goalkeeper was off his line - most of them are in such situations - and that will only add to the torment Rangers are going to experience now. The 10 men might even have made it 2-0 when Edouard put Johnston clear on the counter-attack only for the winger to push his shot wide.Rangers had a late claim for a second penalty when Johnston and - who else[/img]
Man of the match - Fraser Forster
Forster shouldn't just get one winner's medal, he should get all of Celtic's winners' medals. Save upon save, defiance upon defiance. He broke Morelos' heart out there.
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Fraser Forster was also voted man of the match in the BBC Sport Player Rater
'I didn't even celebrate the goal' - reaction
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard speaking to BT Sport: "I thought we were really good, we performed well. But we got one big moment wrong. We never defended a set-piece. Now, there's a good possibility two or three of them were offside, but we've still got to defend it better."Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "Fraser Forster was outstanding. He made some unbelievable saves, world class saves. I didn't even celebrate it [the goal]. I was too wrapped up in how we were playing and how we were going to get a proper foothold in the game."We weren't great today but we still won and that's what cup football is all about."
Line-ups
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Line-ups
Rangers
1McGregor
2Tavernier
6Goldson
5HelanderSubstituted forKaticat 84'minutes
31Barisic
18KamaraBooked at 41mins[/i]Substituted forDefoeat 71'minutes
8Jack
17AriboBooked at 71mins[/i]Substituted forBarkerat 74'minutes
37ArfieldBooked at 65mins[/i]
20Morelos
14Kent
Substitutes
9Defoe
11Ojo
13Foderingham
15Flanagan
19Katic
21Barker
24Stewart
Celtic
67Forster
30FrimpongBooked at 63mins[/i]
2Jullien
35AjerBooked at 65mins[/i]
15Hayes
8Brown
42McGregorBooked at 77mins[/i]
49ForrestSubstituted forBittonat 66'minutes
17Christie
27ElyounoussiSubstituted forJohnstonat 45'minutes
16MorganSubstituted forEdouardat 59'minutes
Substitutes
1Gordon
6Bitton
18Rogic
19Johnston
21Ntcham
22Edouard
23Bolingoli-Mbombo
Referee:William Collum
Match Stats
Home TeamRangersAway TeamCelticPossessionHome50%Away50%ShotsHome16Away5Shots on TargetHome7Away1CornersHome11Away1FoulsHome19Away11
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Match ends, Rangers 0, Celtic 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+7' Second Half ends, Rangers 0, Celtic 1.Posted at 90'+5' Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).Posted at 90'+5' Lewis Morgan (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90'+3' Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left.Posted at 88' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Christopher Jullien.Posted at 86' Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Substitution
Posted at 84' Substitution, Rangers. Nikola Katic replaces Filip Helander because of an injury.Posted at 83' Foul by Borna Barisic (Rangers).Posted at 83' Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 82' Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).Posted at 82' Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 81' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Scott Brown.Posted at 79' Attempt missed. Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Booking
Posted at 77' Callum McGregor (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 77' Borna Barisic (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 77' Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).Posted at 76' Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution
Posted at 74' Substitution, Rangers. Brandon Barker replaces Joe Aribo.Posted at 74' Foul by Alfredo Morelos (Rangers).Posted at 74' Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Booking
Posted at 71' Joe Aribo (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 71' Foul by Joe Aribo (Rangers).Posted at 71' Jonny Hayes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 71' Substitution, Rangers. Jermain Defoe replaces Glen Kamara.Posted at 70' Foul by Connor Goldson (Rangers).Posted at 70' Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 70' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jonny Hayes.Posted at 69' Attempt missed. Michael Johnston (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.Posted at 67' Attempt blocked. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 67' Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Nir Bitton.
Substitution
Posted at 66' Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces James Forrest.Posted at 65' Foul by Scott Arfield (Rangers).Posted at 65' Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Booking
Posted at 65' Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Booking
Posted at 65' Scott Arfield (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 64' Penalty saved! Alfredo Morelos (Rangers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.
Dismissal
Posted at 63' Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic) is shown the red card.Posted at 63' Penalty Rangers. Alfredo Morelos draws a foul in the penalty area.Posted at 63' Penalty conceded by Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic) after a foul in the penalty area.
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