Celtic 1 - 0 Aberdeen: How the players rated in Betfred Cup final
Ratings out of ten for every player in the Betfred Cup final as Celtic defeated Aberdeen thanks to a first-half Ryan Christie goal.
By The Newsroom
Sunday, 2nd December 2018, 7:32 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd December 2018, 7:35 pm
Celtic captain Scott Brown lifts the trophy. Picture: SNS
Made a stunning penalty stop and several other good saves. Was unfortunate to see Christie react quickest to net the rebound after he denied the midfielder first time.
Sat very deep to allow Ryan Christie to run beyond the Dons central defence to score.
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Back in central defence, the defender let nobody down.
Defended stoutly throughout and was a driving force as Aberdeen fought hard to get back in the game.
Marshalled James Forrest well for the majority of the game.
Could not keep up with Christie's run for the goal but his energy gave Aberdeen every chance of taking the game to Celtic.
Unfortunate to concede a penalty when he headed against his arm, the midfielder battled hard.
Got close enough to his striker to be a threat but could not repeat his semi-final heroics.
Had some good runs and got a header on target just before being knocked out cold in a clash of heads with Boyata, which ended his afternoon.
Gave Kieran Tierney a busy afternoon at times and delivered some decent balls.
Brought into the team as Derek McInnes once again preferred a target man at Hampden and he made himself a nusiance, winning his fair share of headers. Had a decent hooked effort saved.
Substitutes: Connor McLennan - Was direct and skilful but just could not dig out a telling delivery (7). James Wilson - Could not engineer a shooting chance (5). Bruce Anderson - Was busy and lively up front without getting in behind (6).
Any nerves would have settled after an early point-blank save from Andy Considine, even if an offside flag made it redundant. Despite a major effort from Aberdeen, was not seriously tested afterwards.
Given some difficult moments but stood up to the challenge more often than not.
Already wounded from a sickening clash of heads with Gary Mackay-Steven, the defender then went off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Found time to deliver an excellent long ball to set up the goal.
Forced a good save from long range and defended aggressively.
Defended well and had a couple of decent breaks forward.
Retained his place in the base of the midfield ahead of Scott Brown and again held his team together well, but his best moment came when launching a counter-attack after his skipper came on.
Struck the post from 20 yards in the seventh minute but could not otherwise find the spark he normally produces at Hampden.
Often involved but could not quite produce his recent form, wasting one good first-half chance.
Continues to increase his influence at Celtic, his run forward for the goal and reaction to net the rebound typified his urgency.
Had a penalty saved by Joe Lewis and delivered a bad miss on the counter-attack.
Made himself a decent target and had a couple of efforts saved but was not quite at his best on the ball.
Jozo Simunovic - The most relieved man inside Hampden when his miscued clearance bounced off the bar and away to safety (6). Scott Brown - Provided an extra layer of protection for his defence as Aberdeen pushed for an equaliser (6). Olivier Ntcham - Added a touch of composure (n/a).