IN PICTURES: CELTIC 1 ABERDEEN 0: PART 1

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CELTIC dazzled in the drizzle at Hampden yesterday as they claimed the Betfred League Cup with a dramatic 1-0 win over Aberdeen.

Ryan Christie was the goal hero with a superb left-foot effort deep in first-half stoppage time.

It was party time again for the Hoops at the final whistle as they celebrated their seventh piece of silverware during Brendan Rodgers’ reign.

CQN‘s ace lensman Geo was there to capture the action. Here is the pick of the pics.

HERE WE GO…Celtic and Aberdeen players take the field at Hampden with the Betfred League Cup the prize for the winners.

HAMPDEN HUDDLE…the last word before the game gets underway.

PULLING POWER…Tom Rogic and Dominic Ball get to grips as they tussle for the ball.

BALL BHOY…Kieran Tierney prepares to turn inside the challenge of Shay Logan.

IN CONTROL…classy Croatian defender Filip Benkovic strides away from Dons striker Sam Cosgrove.

CRUNCH…Dons defender Shay Logan slides in to tackle Scott Sinclair.

CLASH…Gary Mackay-Steven and Dedryck Boyata in a mid-air collision as keeper Scott Bain and matchwinner Ryan Christie look on.

DAZED AND BLOODIED…Dedryck Boyata is helped off the field by a Celtic medic.

BACK INTO THE FRAY…a bandaged Dedryck Boyata races onto the field after receiving treatment.

SAD END…a concussed Gary Mackay-Steven is stretchered off. Thankfully, he recovered from the head knock later on. 

THE WINNER…Ryan Christie blasts a left-foot drive high past the helpless Joe Lewis as Shay Logan slides in too late.

TRIUMPH AND TEARS…Ryan Christie turns away as Scott Sinclair prepares for the celebration. Dons trio Joe Lewis, Shay Logan and Graeme Shinnie are in despair.

OOPS…Scott Sinclair fires in his penalty-kick, but Joe Lewis pulled off a spectacular diving save.

OH, NO…Scott Sinclair slumps to the turf after his spot-kick miss. Tom Rogic sighs while Dons’ Lewis Ferguson can’t believe it.

THE FINAL WHISTLE…Kieran Tierney shows his delight at the end of a hard-fought encounter – and Celtic’s seventh successive trophy in Brendan Rodgers’ reign.

HOLY SMOKE…Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig embrace.

PRIZE GUYS…the jubilant Celtic players celebrate at the end.

CEL-TICKER TAPE…Scott Brown holds the trophy as his team-mates are engulfed.

WOUNDED WARRIOR…Dedryck Boyata is all smiles as he poses with the silverware.

NUMBER ONE’S NUMBER ONE…goalkeeper Scott Bain celebrates his first Betfred League Cup-winner’s medal.

FLYING THE FLAG…Croatian Under-21 international Filip Benkovic shows his colours.

HAPPY DAZE…goal hero Ryan Christie with the trophy.

TWO GOOD…club captain Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig, who led out the team, prepare to lift the trophy.

STRICTLY COME DANCING…a delighted Filip Benkovic shows off some of his moves to the fans.

STAIRWAY TO SEVEN…Scott Bain holds aloft the Cup with Callum McGregor, Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths, Tom Rogic and James Forrest waiting their turn.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN…Brendan Rodgers with his seventh successive trophy in his two-and-a-half years at Celtic.

HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard celebrate with their medals.

LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE FOR THE BHOYS…Kieran Tierney with a loudhailer at the final whistle.

JOY BHOYS…the victorious Celtic players display their delight after another happy afternoon at Hampden.

HAIL THE HERO…Brendan Rodgers accepts the accolades of the supporters as he displays the newly-won silverware. Pics: Geo.

 

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