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Dembélé steals late win to put Celtic into the final

His late winner gave Celtic a slim 1-0 win over Rangers Hampden Park on Sunday and the put the team into the Scottish League Cup final.

Dembélé steals late win to put Celtic into the final
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Celtic into the final

Moussa Dembélé grabbed a late winner as Celtic clinched a place in the Scottish League Cup final with a 1-0 defeat of Old Firm rivals Rangers at Glasgow's Hampden Park on Sunday.

Rangers looked a much improved side from the one which suffered a humiliating 5-1 thumping at Parkhead to the same rivals earlier this season, but it was the Hoops who had all of the best chances; an Erik Sviatchenko header was ruled out for a foul on Clint Hill in the build-up. Sinclair and Rogic then combined to carve the Rangers defence open but Gilks blocked the English winger's effort.

Bar struck

Only the crossbar prevented Celtic from taking the lead in the 69th minute when Sinclair's curling free-kick rattled the upright.

With the game heading to extra-time Celtic made the breakthrough as Griffiths got behind Lee Wallace and his cross for the right was prodded home by Dembélé under pressure from Rob Kiernan.

Aberdeen await

Celtic will meet Aberdeen in the final after the Dons defeated Championship side Greenock Morton 2-0 in Saturday's other semi-final.