Celtic v Rangers: Last time Ange’s team faced Ibrox club at Hampden, brace from Kyogo

Celtic have drawn Rangers in the Scottish Cup Semi Final, just weeks after beating Michael Beale’s team in the League Cup Final. Ange Postecoglou’s side will return to Hampden at the end of April with a place in the showpiece Final on the 3rd of June at stake.

Celtic were 2-1 winners in the League Cup Final as the first piece of silverware on offer in Scotland was safely returned to Paradise. Kyogo was star of the show for Celtic with two striker’s goals.

The Japanese striker opened the scoring sparking terrific scenes at half time within the Celtic end. Kyogo’s goals were clinical in their nature but the build up play was vintage Celtic, offering runs, showing determination to get forward and making themselves available for the ball. Aaron Mooy, who played a part in both goals, slid the ball towards the onrushing Greg Taylor who fired the cross into the path of Maeda. The Japanese forward didn’t connect but his movement freed Kyogo, who couldn’t miss.

Similarly, the second goal was forged in the midfield. Callum McGregor found Mooy in a pocket of space, who slid the ball into Reo Hatate, who cut it back allowing Kyogo to double Celtic’s lead.

Rangers came back into it through Alfredo Morelos’ goal and threatened for a period but it came to nothing. Perhaps the score line made the atmosphere that more tense as the game entered its final twenty minutes. Ange made a few changes to freshen up his team but Celtic held firm in defence and created chances in attack.

In truth, it could’ve been more and there would’ve been few complaints from Rangers. Celtic were the better team on the pitch and the fans outperformed in the stands. There are still two trophies to play for – the League and the Scottish Cup – both offering up further excitement as we head towards the conclusion of the 2022/23 season.

Hopefully Celtic will be able to put Rangers to the sword once more in order to reach the Final, where either Falkirk or Inverness CT await.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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