Soccer-Celtic leave it late to beat Rangers and win Scottish Cup


Soccer Football - Scottish Cup - Final - Celtic v Rangers - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain - May 25, 2024 Celtic's Adam Idah celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

GLASGOW (Reuters) -Celtic beat Rangers 1-0 in a cagey Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday with a 90th-minute winner from Adam Idah as Brendan Rodgers's side completed the league and cup double.

The match was by no means a classic and seemed destined for extra time when Idah, who joined the club on loan from Norwich City earlier this year, was in the right place at the right time to score and give Celtic a record-extending 42nd Scottish Cup triumph.

Celtic scored when Paulo Bernardo dribbled into the final third and took a shot from the edge of the box that was palmed away by goalkeeper Jack Butland, but Idah had peeled away from his marker to fire home the rebound.

"I said I'd come here to try and score as many goals as I could, I didn't think I'd score a goal like this in front of all these fans. It's an amazing feeling," Idah told BBC Scotland.

"It's hard to put into words. Anyone here can see what it means to the fans, to the players. I've always supported Celtic, it's amazing."

Rangers, meanwhile, have finished runners-up in both the Premiership and the Scottish Cup this season but did not finish the campaign empty-handed having won the League Cup.

Rangers thought they had scored from a corner on the hour mark when Abdallah Sima netted at the far post but it was chalked off following a VAR review which showed Nicolas Raskin had fouled Celtic keeper Joe Hart.

When Idah was asked about his future, the 23-year-old said: "Football is tricky. I love it here, I've said it previously, it's a great club but I'm still contracted to Norwich. I'll go back in the summer and who knows?"

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in BengaluruEditing by Toby Davis)

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