​It was a long way from pretty in the torrential Glasgow rain, but Neil Lennon's Celtic fought their way to a tenth successive domestic trophy, as they edged out Rangers by a goal to nil to claim the 2019 Scottish League Cup. 


The Hoops have been allergic to failure in recent seasons, and even up against it with a numerical disadvantage for much of the second half, they were able to weather the storm, with Christopher Jullien's opener on the hour mark ultimately sparking some incredible scenes on the full-time whistle. 


The Old Firm has been a generous fixture as far as the Hoops are concerned in recent seasons but this one was far from straightforward - made all the more complicated by the omission of their talisman Odsonne Edouard from the starting XI.


The former PSG striker had netted 13 goals in 25 appearances this season heading in, but a continued struggle with injury meant he was only fit enough for the bench, with makeshift striker Lewis Morgan coming in instead. 



Missing the outlet of their target man and up against a side fired up and hell-bent on ending an eight-year run without a major trophy, the Hoops found themselves under the cosh.


They needed a big performance from on-loan ​Southampton man Fraser Forster to keep the scores level in the early stages - and the big man was all too happy to suffice. 



In truth it was a pretty drab first half, one that mirrored the dreary conditions, although it was dominated by Steven Gerrard's Gers who really should have been in front. 


The usually-prolific Alfredo Morelos, who has yet to score against Celtic, found himself particularly at fault. 



What was that about a lucky Celtic goal that would make Rangers regret all their misses..?


After 15 goalless minutes to start the second half, it would indeed be the Hoops who would find the breakthrough - albeit very much against the run of play, and in contentious fashion.


The colossal Jullien was on hand to turn in Mikey Johnston's free-kick, but there was more than a hint of offside about the finish. If only Scottish football had VAR...





A game that had been simmering then very much reached boiling point. 


First, former ​Manchester City defender Jeremie Frimpong brought down Morelos in the Celtic box, resulting in a penalty and a red card for the young defender, who has impressed in his first season at Parkhead. 


The Rangers hysteria didn't last too long, however. Normal penalty-taker, captain James Tavernier, made the bold decision to leave the resulting penalty to Morelos, who, as previously mentioned, hadn't yet scored against Celtic.


What could go wrong? 



From there, with Celtic a man down and defending a lead, the streetwise nature of the Scottish champions won out. 


It's ten in a row (sort of) for the Hoops and no trophies (yet) for Gerrard. Scott Brown, meanwhile, has already lost his winner's medal. 



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