CELTIC 3 ABERDEEN 0: League Cup Final, November 27, 2016

CELTIC became silverware centurians with their 100th success in a major trophy as they romped to a dazzling triumph over Aberdeen at Hampden.

The Dons arrived at the national stadium on a wave of positivity and optimism, but two first-half strikes from the Hoops dynamited the hopes of the Pittodrie outfit.

Only 16 minutes had gone before Tom Rogic neatly stepped inside a challenge from Graeme Shinnie and curled a delicate left-foot effort low beyond the stretching Joe Lewis.

With the game ticking towards the interval, James Forrest picked up a pass from Rogic and drove at the heart of the retreating Dons rearguard. The winger had only one thought on his mind and he completed a determined solo run with an unstoppable low drive that once again escaped the opposing keeper at his right-hand post.

It was all over when desperate defender Anthony O’Connor upended Forrest in the box in the 64th minute and Moussa Dembele made no mistake from the award as he sent Lewis the wrong way.

CQN’s ace lensmen were there to capture the action. Here is the pick of the pics.

THE WINNING LINE-UP…Back row: left to right: Craig Gordon, Moussa Dembele, Erik Sviatchenko, Emilio Izaguirre, Jozo Simunovic and Tom Rogic; Front row: Mikael Lustig, Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Patrick Roberts.

BY THE LEFT…Wizard of Oz Tom Rogic is surrounded by Dons defenders, but he still manages to produce a bit of magic as he opens the scoring.

HAMPDEN ROAR…Tom Rogic races away in delight after claiming the opening strike.

FLAT OUT…keeper Joe Lewis and defender Anthony O’Connor are beaten after James Forrest had struck with the second goal.

PENALTY…James Forrest is sent tumbling in the box following a wayward challenge from Anthony O’Connor.

SPOT ON…Moussa Dembele strokes in the third goal.

HAPPY HAMPDEN HOOPS…Mikael Lustig is top Bhoy as Tom Rogic and James Forrest celebrate.

PRIZE GUYS…goalscorers Moussa Dembele, Tom Rogic and James Forrest with the silverware.

THE CUP THAT CHEERS…boss Brendan Rodgers and skipper Scott Brown with the trophy.

* DON’T miss the unbeatable match report and the best action images from Celtic v Aberdeen this afternoon – only in your champion CQN.

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