Sutton was harshly sent off by Dallas, but a hat-trick from Henrik wins Cup Final

ON  18 March 2001, very impressively, Celtic, wearing their yellow change strip, took their first step to a domestic treble by beating Kilmarnock 3-0 in the Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden.

Celtic, bedevilled by injuries and non-availability, were compelled to play youngsters like Colin Healy, Jamie Smith and Stephen Crainey and early in the second half with the score only 1-0 for Celtic, Chris Sutton was harshly sent off by referee Hugh Dallas.

But Henrik Larsson who had scored the first goal, then scored another two and the game finished with Celtic’s ten men well on top of Kilmarnock’s eleven.

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About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds 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

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