Former Aberdeen loanee Ryan Christie scored the one objective as Brendan Rodgers led Celtic to his seventh straight home trophy and the membership’s 18th Scottish League Cup.
Dons winger Gary Mackay-Steven used to be knocked out through a conflict of heads and carried off sooner than Christie’s strike in first-part damage time.
Celtic received a arguable 52nd-minute penalty however Scott Sinclair’s spot kick used to be brilliantly stored through Joe Lewis.
Aberdeen may now not discover a leveller.
And Celtic will have doubled their lead when Sinclair broke unfastened within the field however floated over, Lewis two times denied Odsonne Edouard, and the French striker spurned a superb opportunity to play in a staff-mate on an damage-time counter-assault.
The victory used to be Celtic’s 22nd successive cup win since Rodgers took rate in the summertime of 2016.
Clinical Christie moves
The ultimate have been tighter than a drum sooner than Christie’s scientific second, a recreation of large depth the place Aberdeen went just about guy-for-guy on Celtic’s maximum influential midfielders and controlled to all-however stifle their threat.
They had a frightening second early on when Tom Rogic noticed a shot slap back down Lewis’ proper-hand publish, however in the principle it used to be an excellent contest.
Dominic Ball, Graeme Shinnie and Lewis Ferguson have been within the faces of Christie, Callum McGregor and Rogic. Out huge, Sinclair wasn’t getting any alternate out of Shay Logan down the left and James Forrest used to be in a combat with Max Lowe down the proper.
Dons boss Derek McInnes would had been a contented guy with the way in which issues have been going till past due within the opening part. Their issues, satirically, began once they created a tight probability. Logan swung in a go which used to be met through Mackay-Steven who headed straight at Lewis.
What took place within the technique of Mackay-Steven heading the ball used to be terrible and deeply being concerned. A conflict of heads between the Aberdeen winger and Dedryck Boyata halted play for 6 or seven mins. Boyata were given up and a bandage used to be carried out to his bloody wound. Mackay-Steven did not rise up, then again. There used to be important worry about his wellbeing as he lay at the ground.
Eventually, he used to be stretchered away and the overall carried on into the overall mins of the part. That’s when Aberdeen suffered their 2d blow, a double-whammy of unhappiness. Five added mins of six have been performed when Boyata floated a ball excessive and into Aberdeen’s penalty space.
Christie got here to existence within the blink of a watch, getting clear of Shinnie and into house left through Aberdeen’s snoozing centre-halves. The midfielder used to be one-on-one with Lewis, however the goalkeeper blocked his first strive. When the ball fell free, Christie used to be once more probably the most alert guy in Hampden. Even despite the fact that he used to be falling over on the time he controlled to keep within the second, fend off Logan, and put the rebound into the Aberdeen internet.
Celtic flip up the warmth amid ‘deficient officiating’
Celtic – now bearing down on seven titles in a row beneath Rodgers – became up the warmth within the new part. Poor officiating gave them a golden probability to make it 2-zero when Ball used to be adjudged to have treated within the field. He did not. When ball struck arm, the arm used to be out of doors the penalty space, however referee Andrew Dallas gave Celtic the verdict and Sinclair stepped up.
Lewis’ save used to be magnificent, the goalkeeper flinging himself to his proper and beating the ball away. Moments later he went the opposite direction to deny Filip Benkovic. The Dons have been reeling.
Just after the hour, Boyata got here off and used to be changed through Jozo Simunovic who used to be at the box a question of seconds when he caught out a leg in making an attempt to dispossess Niall McGinn and handiest controlled to poke the ball on to his personal crossbar. That used to be a dramatic second – and it wasn’t the closing of them.
Things spread out and tempers become frayed. Scott Brown got here on to the sphere and Celtic driven for a 2d. McGregor introduced a counter-assault and performed in Sinclair whose dinked effort fell huge.
All the whilst, Aberdeen fought and scrapped to get themselves again into it. They threw their center and soul into the entirety. James Wilson gave the impression off the bench and his hooked effort used to be stored through Bain. How the Dons craved a gilt-edged probability in the ones last moments, however Celtic have been too organised, too assured, too just right.
They will have to have scored a 2d mins from the tip when Odsonne Edouard broke unfastened and went himself when a easy cross to Sinclair or Kieran Tierney would have given Celtic a close to-unmissable alternative. Profligacy did not price them, despite the fact that. They noticed it out and received the day – once more.