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Alan Pattullo: Red card or no red card? Refs’ actions will differ

Insult was added to injury for those Motherwell fans who decided to watch Match of the Day on Sunday night rather than head out to drown their sorrows.

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Cedric Kipre is sent of for a foul in the penalty area during the Betfred Cup Final at Hampden. Picture: Getty Images

‘Waste of time and money’ to appeal Kipre red card, say Motherwell

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson has revealed the club decided not to appeal against Cedric Kipre’s Hampden red card after wasting time and money on previous wrongful dismissal claims.

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Rumour Mill: Rangers ace ‘wants to leave’ | No punishment for Sinclair | Club 1872 to grill Ibrox board

Chris Sutton claims Bruno Alves wants to leave Ibrox; Scott Sinclair to escape punishment over Betfred Cup final penalty and Club 1872 set to grill board at Rangers AGM

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers shows off the League Cup to the fans. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Brendan Rodgers insists he won’t get bored of vision and work ethic

If history is indeed written by the victors, then Brendan Rodgers already appears assured of a special chapter in the annals of Scottish football.

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Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon with the Betfred Cup. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Save from Louis Moult among my best, says Craig Gordon

When playing for Sunderland against Bolton Wanderers in 2010, Craig Gordon produced a remarkable reflex save to deny Zak Knight. It was so impressive that, on the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Premier League in 2012, it was voted the best save in the history of the elite division.

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Patrick Roberts believes another treble is a realistic target. Picture: SNS.

Celtic ‘definitely’ on for double-treble says Patrick Roberts

No Scottish team has ever achieved back-to-back domestic trebles but Celtic winger Patrick Roberts believes it is a realistic target after the Parkhead side claimed the first silverware of the season at the weekend.

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Celtic's Scott Sinclair goes to ground in the incident which saw the Parkhead side awarded a penalty and Motherwell's Cedric Kipre sent off. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Motherwell captain: Cedric Kipre didn’t touch Scott Sinclair

Regret mixed with anger hung across Fir Park like a thick November’s mist yesterday as the post-mortem continued following Sunday’s Betfred Cup final. Scotland’s steel town was having its credentials tested for resilience in the face of despair.

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Scott Sinclair ‘doesn’t go down easily’, insists Craig Gordon

Craig Gordon has defended team-mate Scott Sinclair who came under the spotlight after winning a controversial penalty in Celtic’s 2-0 Betfred Cup final win over Motherwell on Sunday.

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Motherwell's Cedric Kipre (left) challenges Celtic's Moussa Dembele. Picture: SNS

Why the referee didn’t send off Kipre for his tackle on Dembele

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at Cedric Kipre’s challenge on Moussa Dembele early in the Betfred Cup final.

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Scott Sinclair goes down under the attentions of Cedric Kipre. Picture: SNS

Why the referee awarded Celtic a penalty and didn’t grant Motherwell one

The latest edition of Ref Review looks at the two penalty incidents in the second half of the Betfred Cup final, where Celtic were awarded one for a “foul” on Scott Sinclair by Cedric Kipre, but Motherwell had an appeal turned down following an alleged Kieran Tierney trip on Louis Moult.

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Phil O'Donnell passed away ten years ago this year. Picture: Mike Scott

Supporters unite to pay fitting tribute to Phil O’Donnell

Humanity and decency forever exuded from Phil O’Donnell across his tragically short life. Fitting then that he could bring out these qualities, bring out the best 
in people, as tribute was paid to him at 
yesterday’s Betfred Cup final.

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A visibly upset Cedric Kipre leaves the field after being sent off. Picture: SNS

Motherwell boss reveals defender in tears after Celtic penalty call

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson revealed his defender Cedric Kipre was reduced to tears by the controversial penalty decision which clinched Celtic’s victory in the Betfred Cup final at Hampden.

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Referee Craig Thomson shows Cedric Kipre a red card. Picture: SNS

Their cards were marked but Motherwell harshly treated

So much for talk of career-threatening injuries, flashing, sharpened elbows and Motherwell’s supposed rough house tactics. This was a 
contest that would hinge on barely perceptible contact between Cedric Kipre and Scott Sinclair.

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Trevor Carson believes referee Craig Thomson 'bought it' when awarding Celtic's penalty. Picture: SNS.

Trevor Carson: ‘Referee asked Sinclair if he dived. Incredible’

Trevor Carson has described as “incredible” overhearing referee Craig Thomson ask Scott Sinclair whether he dived or not in yesterday’s Betfred Cup final.

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Motherwell's Cedric Kipre goes over the top of the ball after making a challenge on Celtic striker Moussa Dembele. Picture: PA

Moussa Dembele references Cedric Kipre tackle in post-match tweet

Moussa Dembele tweeted “almost lost my leg there” in reference to a tackle by Cedric Kipre in the aftermath of his side’s Betfred Cup final victory at Hampden.

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Louis Moult appears for a penalty after claiming to be tripped by Kieran Tierney, left. Picture: SNS

Louis Moult: Ref missed ‘stonewall’ penalty foul by Kieran Tierney

Motherwell striker Louis Moult claimed referee Craig Thomson got two penalty decisions wrong in the Betfred Cup final as he insisted Kieran Tierney brought him down in the box.

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Celtic lift the Betfred Cup after defeating Motherwell at Hampden Park. Picture: Getty

5 things we learned from Celtic’s Betfred Cup triumph over Motherwell

Craig Fowler gives his take on Celtic’s 2-0 win over Motherwell at Hampden Park.

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Celtic's Stuart Armstrong looks to get the better of Carl McHugh. Picture: Getty

Motherwell 0 - 2 Celtic: How the players rated on each side

Ratings out of 10 for every player during the Betfred Cup final

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Celtic's James Forrest celebrates his goal to make it 1-0. Picture: SNS

Motherwell 0 - 2 Celtic: Controversy as Celtic win Betfred Cup

Just as he exhorts his players to do so, Brendan Rodgers continues to write his own history at Celtic.

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Motherwell's Ryan Bowman's challenge on Fabio Cardoso left the Rangers defender with a broken nose in the Betfred Cup semi-final. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

‘I’m not a malicious player,’ says Motherwell’s Ryan Bowman

It clearly affected Ryan Bowman to be presented as Scottish football’s public enemy No.1. Yet, it also represented progress for the Motherwell striker, who will enjoy the high watermark of his career when he takes to the Hampden pitch for today’s Betfred Cup final. Until recently, the enemy of the 25-year-old’s career had been public indifference.

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