Celtic reached the Betfred Cup Final after defeating Hibs 5-2 at Hampden Park. The Hoops were comfortable for most of the game, although Hibs did mount a bit of a fight-back in the second-half.
Neil Lennon sprung a surprise in his starting line-up, as he selected Tom Rogic in place of Ryan Christie as the main attacking midfielder in the side. Christie’s great form this season made this decision seem like a gamble. However, Rogic turned in an excellent display in the middle of the park. His provided an excellent pass to Odsonne Edouard which led to the Hoops’ third goal.
Player did the job he was selected to do
Rogic was eventually replaced by Ryan Christie towards the end of the game, but he had done his job by then as he had helped the Hoops take a two goal lead. It will be interesting to see if Rogic retains his place in the side for Thursday’s trip to Lazio.
Here are two other things we learned watching Celtic reach the Betfred Cup Final:
Manager won’t be impressed by manner of goals conceded
Despite Celtic playing some fantastic attacking football, the Hoops looked uncharacteristically poor at times in defence. Hibs’ first goal came about thanks to a Boli Bolingoli error, whilst Kristoffer Ajer could have done better for the second goal. Neil Lennon will have not been impressed with either goal conceded, or some other aspects of Celtic’s play in the second-half. There will need to be a vast improvement when the Hoops take on Lazio in the Europa league.
£16 million man gets better and better
There is no doubt about who was Celtic’s best performer on the night – Mohamed Elyounoussi. The on-loan attacker scored two goals, hit the post, and provided an assist for Scott Brown’s second goal. He has only been at Celtic for a few months, but the Southampton player has already become an integral part of the team. The calls will grow for Celtic to sign the player on a permanent deal as he becomes more important by the game. It remains to be seen if that will happen, but Elyounoussi should be one of the first names on the team-sheet each week.