DOUBLES Edouard brace floors Hearts and saves Celtic’s historic trophy grab
Edouard 62pen, 82
Made some saves before being left exposed for the opener Mikael LUSTIG Not at best on what could be last game but got assist for winner Kristoffer AJER
A forceful defensive display and positive in possession
Put in his usual physical effort as Hearts threw men forward late on Jonny HAYES Stand-in left-back had good moments going forward and in defence Scott BROWN
Took a while to get going but lifted it after Celtic fell behind Callum McGREGOR
By far the busiest of
Celtic’s midfielders in possession
Could not produce any of magic which helped Celtic get to Hampden Tom ROGIC Australian was largely anonymous and went off in the 70th minute Mikey JOHNSTON Some good touches in first half but could not influence it after break Odsonne EDOUARD
Quiet first half but striker came alive when he needed to SUBS: O Ntcham (Rogic 70)
S Sinclair (Johnston 72) N Biton (Hayes 89)
Rash challenge on Edouard gave away crucial penalty
A solid display from the Northern Ireland right-back John SOUTTAR Produced a couple of vital tackles and was accomplished on ball Christophe BERRA Excellent first half but was partly at fault for both Celtic goals Aaron HICKEY The 16-year-old only made debut this month but let nobody down Peter HARING Austrian did excellent job in front of back four but missed free header Arnaud DJOUM
Midfielder got involved and tried to force the game forward Ryan EDWARDS Vindicated his selection with committed display and the opening goal Jake MULRANEY Winger was a constant threat with his pace and skill Sean CLARE Showed good awareness to set up goal with a backheel Steven MacLEAN Led the line well but could not get a glimpse of goal SUBS: C Wighton (Clare 75) U Ikpeazu (MacLean 78)
O Bozanic (Haring 81)
Same as they always do. It’s just the Celtic way.
Twenty-seven straight cup ties won. Only nine games lost out of 141 over three years.
They did it the hard way for sure. Losing their first Scottish Cup goal all season, going behind for the first time in the tournament all season.
But from deep, deep down the champions found the character they needed, the character they’ve had for so long under Brendan Rodgers and now Neil Lennon.
The character it takes to win a treble Treble for the first time in Scottish football history.
Fuelled by the inspiration each of them carried, all wearing either No.9 or No.5 on their shorts.
A gesture in deference to the greatness of Lisbon Lions lost in Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers.
It was a wonderful touch, even on a day when the current players achieved something that was never managed even by the two football Gods they were honouring.
But it took a Ryan Edwards goal from Hearts to raise the Hoops from their first half stupor – and an Odsonne Edouard double to raise the roof.
The greats – the Jock Steins and Martin O’Neills, the Bill Struths and Walter Smiths – never managed teams who achieved this kind of achievement.
They were certainly made to sweat for it though as Hearts, set up nice and compact in a 4-3-3, were clearly far more concerned with keeping the back door shut early.
And they did. Comfortably.
After the phoney war of last weekend neither manager should have been surprised by what the other did.
But there wasn’t a pair of eyebrows in the entire stadium that didn’t get raised at the sight of the Hearts line-up.
Uche Ikpeazu on the bench, Edwards in for just his third start in maroon and, incredibly, 16-year-old Aaron Hickey given the left-back berth after just a game and a half of senior football.
Jambos fans thought it was a football suicide note in teamsheet form, pitching the rookie up against Scotland’s multiple award-winning player-of-the-year in James Forrest.
Try telling that to the kid though – he and the rest of the Hearts defence were rock solid.
Hearts keeper Bobby Zlamal didn’t have a single save to make in the first half. His two centre-halves Christophe Berra and John Souttar, headed, slid, blocked and cleared
CELTIC HEARTS CUP COUPLE Edouard converts penalty for 1-1 and (below) thumps in his late winner before lifting the trophy at Hampden Park