An Epic Contest: Scottish Youth Cup Final – Celtic 6-5 theRangers

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“An epic contest that will live long in the memory…” is the closing observation on this stunning game from the BBC commentator last night. Have you ever seen a match end with a 6-5 scoreline?  I certainly can’t remember that happening and it has to be said that for all the criticism that Scottish football takes there are some very special players coming through at Youth level, judging by what was on show last night in the Scottish Youth Cup Final.

theRangers side came into the game as holders but neither team had lost a goal on the way to the final, so that would point to a Hampden final with both defences on top with the two goalkeepers looking to guard their clean sheet.

Ange Postecoglou has previously talked about preferring a 4-3 win to a 1-0 game so doesn’t worry too much about conceding if we are scoring more. Last night the Celtic Youth Team, knowing the the Celtic manager was in attendance alongside the Celtic Chairman Peter Lawwell and the club’s CEO Michael Nicholson sent a message up to the gaffer. ‘4-3 you say? We’ll raise you to 6-5″. Incredible stuff!

“I’m absolutely thrilled. I know how hard they have worked right through their journey at the academy,” Celtic’s U18s coach Stuart McLaren said to Celtic TV after that epic Scottish Youth Cup Final.

“We stuck together as a team throughout the match, and got what we deserved.” said the Celtic captain and Man of the Match Kyle Ure, again speaking to Celtic TV.

The game even had its traditional ‘Penalty to Rangers’ moment and it was so soft that their striker thought he could buy another one, although to be fair to the referee he spotted the cheating and as he was already on a yellow there was some poetic justice as the red card was shown – fully deserved too!

That’s Celtic been to Hampden for the Youth Cup Final and lifted the trophy. We have two more Scottish Cup Finals to look forward to this season.

Fran Alonso’s Celtic FC Women side – the current Scottish Cup holders – take on theRangers in the Women’s Cup final on Sunday 28 May at Hampden with a 1.30pm kick-off. Then on Saturday 3rd June it’s Celtic v Inverness Caley Thistle with a new kick-off time of 5.30pm.

Enjoy this brilliant Celtic Star photo gallery from last night’s stunning Scottish Youth Cup Final below.  All photos from Vagelis Georgariou…

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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  1. Rabbie Burns on

    Agent Agbaire at CB did his best for theRangers, but they still got beat!