On This Day: Celtic win League Cup by beating Rangers

On This Day in 2023, Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic won the League Cup after beating Rangers at Hampden. A brace from Kyogo would be the difference maker on an unforgettable day, winning the first trophy on the way to a Treble.

The National Stadium in Glasgow’s East End was awash with colour and noise as the fierce rivals met on a collision course to determine where the League Cup would be headed. By quarter past five, Rangers fans had all hit abandoned their end as the Celtic celebrations began. In truth, the celebrations hasn’t really stopped since before the game even kicked off. After Kyogo opened the scoring, there were 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

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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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