Celtic head into Sunday’s Betfred Cup final against Rangers looking to win the Scottish League Cup for the 19th time.
For a long time the league cup was a bit of a bogey trophy for Celtic, but that certainly isn’t the case these days. The Hoops have won the trophy for the last three seasons in a row.
Ahead of the final against Rangers, we thought we’d look back to three notable Celtic League Cup final wins from Celtic’s illustrious past. Hopefully the final against Rangers will provide good memories to remember to in years to come.
1. CELTIC 3 DUNDEE UNITED 0; 30th NOVEMBER 1997
Going into this final at Ibrox, Celtic hadn’t won the trophy since 1982, a gap of 15 years. However, Wim Jansen’s side looked determined for that run to end. A Marc Reiper header put the Hoops into a first-half lead, which was shortly added to when Henrik Larsson’s shot was deflected into the net by Maurice Malpas. The victory was confirmed early in the second-half when Craig Burley headed home, sparking scenes of wild Celtic celebrations at Ibrox, which was a rarity in those days. The win gave the Hoops plenty of momentum, and they ended up winning their first league in a decade at the end of the season.
2. CELTIC 3 KILMARNOCK 0; 18th MARCH 2001
You can call this game ‘the Henrik Larsson show’. The legendary Hoops striker was at his imperious best as his hat-trick helped Martin O’Neill clinch his first trophy as Celtic manager. His first goal was a typical instinctive finish inside the penalty box, before adding his second via the aid of a deflection. Larsson’s third goal was his most memorable, a superb solo run and finish. The Hoops could even withstand Chris Sutton’s red card when 1-0 up. This brilliant Celtic side ended up winning the domestic treble, the club’s first since 1969.
3. CELTIC 3 DUNFERMLINE 0; 19th MARCH 2006
An emotional occasion at Hampden Park as Celtic celebrated the memory of arguably their greatest ever player Jimmy Johnstone, who died six days before the game. The team played with the number seven on their shorts in Johnstone’s memory, and although the game wasn’t that memorable goals from Maciej Zurawski, Shaun Maloney and Dion Dublin sealed the win. However, the game was all about ‘Jinky’, as Neil Lennon lifted the trophy wearing a Celtic top with ‘JOHNSTONE 7’ on the back. A fitting tribute to one of Celtic’s greats.