Neil Lennon explained his Celtic team selection to BBC Radio Scotland prior to kick-off today. He also got a gut feeling about Ryan Christie spot on.

It’s Christie’s goal that sent the Bhoys to a lead at half-time in today’s Scottish Cup Final.

A beautiful curling effort sailed past Craig Gordon to put us 1-0 up. Odsonne Edouard then converted a penalty for the second.

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One of the big debates heading into the encounter was who would start in the manager’s midfield.

Lennon has provided an update on Soro, revealing he had actually fallen ill in the build-up to the game.

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland (13:54), he said: “Ismaila Soro actually had a bit of food poisoning last night, felt a little bit better this morning.

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“But Scott Brown was always in our thoughts to start anyway, I know there’s been a lot of debate about that but he’s the club captain, he’s led the club many times in big games and we’ll need his experience out there today.

 

“In terms of Ryan Christie coming in, we feel he’ll be more of a goal threat and Greg Taylor played really well last week to keep his place.

“Conor Hazard has been excellent, he’s been training rally well for the past few months and he’s come in and taken his chance very well. David Turnbull has been outstanding for the last few games.”

Christie certainly did turn out to be more of a goal threat than Frimpong!

The Scotland international has taken lots of criticism throughout 2020 but he’s proven time and again for two years now that he can score amazing goals in massive matches.

Celtic star Ryan Christie celebrates his Hampden goal

Celtic star Ryan Christie celebrates his Hampden goal / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He’s a match-winner and deserved his spot in the lineup today.

It’s fair to say Scott Brown is enjoying his day so far up against Andy Halliday as well.

It’s so far, so good from Celtic. If we play the second half in the manner of the first, a Quadruple Treble will be ours.

In other news, here are the best photos from fans welcoming the team to Hampden today.

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