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Five things we learned from Celtic 2 - 0 Rangers

Craig Fowler gives his take as Celtic cruise past Rangers into the Scottish Cup final.

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Rangers' James Tavernier gives away penalty for challenge on Celtic's Leigh Griffiths. Picture: SNS

James Tavernier: Griffiths agrees referee got penalty wrong

Rangers defender James Tavernier insists referee Willie Collum was wrong to grant Celtic a second half penalty during the Scottish Cup semi-final.

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Ryan Christie celebrates having given Aberdeen a 2-0 lead over Hibs. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen did not break Scottish Cup player eligibility rules

Scottish football fans on social media have been speculating over Ryan Christie’s inclusion in Aberdeen’s starting XI against Hibs and whether the Scottish Cup finalists broke SFA player eligibility rules. However, The Scotsman can confirm this is not the case.

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Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha watched on as his side lost to Celtic. Picture: SNS

Pedro Caixinha laments ‘flat’ Rangers performance

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has blamed a “flat” first half performance on his side’s defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

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The Celtic starting XI line up prior to kick-off. Picture: John Devlin

Celtic 2 - 0 Rangers: How the Celtic players rated

Ratings for each Celtic player out of ten after the champions brushed aside rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

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Rangers' starting XI line up prior to kick-off. Picture: SNS

Celtic 2 - 0 Rangers: How the Rangers players rated

Ratings for each Rangers player out of ten as Pedro Caixinha’s men meekly lost to Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final

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Celtic's Moussa Dembele feels his hamstring after pulling up with an injury. Picture: SNS

Celtic sweat over fitness of striker Moussa Dembele

Celtic could be without top goalscorer Moussa Dembele for the rest of the season after the player appeared to suffer a hamstring injury in Sunday’s Scottish Cup win over Rangers.

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Jamie Insall. Picture: JP resell.

Hibs striker Jamie Insall fails drugs test

Hibs striker Jamie Insall has failed a drugs test.

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Scott Sinclair celebrates having put Celtic 2-0 up. Picture: SNS

Celtic end 92-year wait for Scottish Cup semi win over Rangers

Celtic have ended a 92-year wait to defeat their biggest rivals in a Scottish Cup semi-final after today’s 2-0 win over Rangers at Hampden Park.

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Scott Sinclair nets Celtic's second goal from the penalty spot. Picture: PA

Celtic 2 - 0 Rangers: Dominant Celtic coast into the final

Celtic scratched a 92-year itch as they swatted Rangers aside to maintain their pursuit of an historic unbeaten domestic season and treble.

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Jadon Sancho, right, holds off Chelsea's Reece James in the recent FA Youth Cup Final First Leg match at The Academy Stadium. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Celtic eye Man City starlet | Maddison to Rangers? | Holt wants Hibs deal

Celtic face fight to land highly-rated Manchester City youngster; Rangers linked with ex-Aberdeen loanee James Maddison and Grant Holt reveals he’s keen to stay at Hibs

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Brendan Rodgers congratulates playmaker Patrick Roberts, one of the players he has helped to improve.  Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Celtic boss knows season will be judged on result at Hampden

Every flower in Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic garden seems to have been in full bloom for months. There is no escaping the fact, though, that this afternoon’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers has the capacity to dump a barrowload of manure on his horticultural paradise.

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Aberdeen's Ryan Christie celebrates his goal with fellow goalscorer Adam Rooney. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Ryan Christie: If Celtic win I lose... but still win

Extricated from proceedings early, Ryan Christie watched helplessly as his Aberdeen team-mates battled to close out their victory over Hibernian. And he will be on the edge of his seat this afternoon as well as he waits to discover if he will be able to join them in the final.

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Scotlands Tom Smith, right, with Irelands Paul Wallace and Keith Wood in 1997. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: British Lions? They need more Scots

I’ll never run down the side of a mountain again. Doing it in 1997 jiggered my knees. And I’ll certainly never do it to get to the pub to watch the British and Irish Lions again.

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Neil Lennon remonstrates with referee John Beaton at half time

Neil Lennon: ‘Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Gallant losers are losers’

At the end of a see-saw 90 minutes of brilliant cup football, the Hibernian players took the applause from a faithful at Hampden who appreciated they had gone down fighting as their hopes of two-in-a-row in the Scottish Cup were extinguished by a 3-2 semi-final defeat by Aberdeen.

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Patrick Roberts could be playing for England in South Korea the day before the Scottish Cup final

Patrick Roberts would like to have a better Hampden sign off

There is every chance that this season will ape the last one for Patrick Roberts and that his final visit to Hampden will prove to be a Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

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Darren McGregor applauds the fans at full time

Darren McGregor suffers fickle finger – and shin – of fate

A footballer should never get too carried away with his emotions. That’s the advice of Darren McGregor after the Hibs defender was given another reminder of football’s fickle nature. While every player craves success, for every delirious high there’s a heartbreaking low waiting right around the corner.

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Pedro Caixinha says the outcome of today's game won't affect his plans for the future

Rangers manager lives for the moment, and a trophy

Many might be tempted to say Pedro Caixinha has a mountain to climb this afternoon to make Rangers the first Scottish side to beat a Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic team and that he has to create a trophy winning make-up in a squad which has lost it from their DNA.

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Kenny Miller has netted for both halves of the Old Firm. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Is the clock ticking for Rangers’ Kenny Miller?

The uncertainty over his contract situation means that the next seven days could see Kenny Miller’s near 17-year association with Scotland’s grandest football fixture come to an end.

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Thomas Mikkelsen scores the controversial opening goal. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Dundee United 3- 2 St Mirren: Late goal sinks Saints

St Mirren manager Jack Ross was left nursing a sense of injustice as he watched his team’s impressive unbeaten run ended in the most controversial of circumstances.

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