Well there ye have it folks, Celtic finally win at Hampden and into the final of the Scottish Cup after a titanic battle over 120 minutes against Jackie McNamara’s plucky wee f**kers Dundee United. Heres the player Ratings!
Forster 6 – Not an awful lot he could have done for each of the three goals and did make one great instinctive stop in Extra time.
Lustig 6 – Another good steady game from someone who is fast becoming a reliable player in a Celtic backline, rattled the post with a header as he did his very best Ki impersonation. Must be fit for the final.
Wilson 7 – Oh what a player. We might have lost 3 goals but the player of the year elect gave another strong showing in the hoops. Completely lost Daly in extra time and the post came to the rescue and wasn’t the worst in the Celtic defence. Ended the game as captain.
Ambrose 6 – Shaky, Shaky and f**king shaky. A terrific burst out of defence to help create the 3rd goal but Ambrose has lost that vital part of defending, the ability to defend, wasn’t close enough to Gould for the first goal and constantly drifting out of position and giving the ball away. Needs a rest. A long one.
Izaguirre 7 – Before ye start, I like Izaguirre. Everytime he got the ball in a crossing position I was certain we were gonnae score. Set up the 3rd and also played a magnificent ball in for Lustig. Gets isolated at the back post far too easy though and must communicate better with Wilson but all in all he had a good game.
Wanyama 6 – Booked and out of the final and didn’t do much in the game, nearly gave away a penalty before bulleting home a header to make it 2-2. Not the usual Wanyama we saw terrorising Xavi and co.
Ledley 7 – Much more like it from Ledley. Always there to battle back for the ball and when he gets it he rarely wastes it. Look frustrated at times when in lack of support but he has started to show the old form again.
Mulgrew 4 – Get Rid
Commons 8 – Our best player on the day with 2 goals, the first an absolute peach and the second well, right place right time. Still a bit too greedy and slow to play the right pass but I’ve been reluctant to see it since Christmas but Commons is a necessity in this Celtic team.
Forrest 6 – Great cross for the winner in Extra time but not enough from the wee man again. Looks to have been caught in that pacey winger trap when he doesn’t know when to hit the byline or come inside and test the full back. Still looks half a yard off full pace/fitness
Hooper 6 – Felt sorry for Hooper today. The only way we see the best of Hooper is if players get close to him. With Ledley covering for the woeful Mulgrew (Who shouldn’t even be near the midfield) it meant there was no one but Commons getting up to support Hooper. Did a lot of good work going back and winning the ball. Didn’t deserve half the flak he copped on Twitter.
Kayal 5 – Out the final for the rash challenge on Willo Flood but showed great restrained not to retaliate when Flood sunk the boot in him. Did add a wee bit of calmness into the midfield
Stokes 6 – Scored a beautiful winner with a thundering header but drew my frustrations when in Injury time instead of floating the ball into a crowded box he tried the glory hunting spectacular winner.
Samaras 5 – added a wee spark, however did look knackered about 5 minutes after he came on
Lennon 6 – Waited far too long to make any subs and looked like he was settling for Extra Time before unleashing Samaras. His love affair with Charlie Mulgrew must end. Once that does and Mulgrew is at Bury or Stevenage where he rightly belongs, we can progress forward.
CELTIC WON AT HAMPDEN! HOOOOOORRRAAAAYYYY!!!!!