12.06pm EDT 12:06 And here’s the caretaker manager Neil Lennon. “It’s emotional. It’s probably the most emotional I’ve ever felt at this club. You’ll never see this again. It’s all about them. I hadf to whip them a bit at half-time because we didn’t turn up in the first half. And then … we said
And here’s the caretaker manager Neil Lennon. “It’s emotional. It’s probably the most emotional I’ve ever felt at this club. You’ll never see this again. It’s all about them. I hadf to whip them a bit at half-time because we didn’t turn up in the first half. And then … we said if Hearts score, we’d come again. And we needed Hearts to score to get our energy levels up. And the response from then on was brilliant. I said Hearts wouldn’t let us off easy, and it was a very good final. Edouard is a superstar now. That’s nine trophies out of nine. It is remarkable. They have done the club so proud.” So will he get the job full time? “It’s a bit too early to start talking about that, it’s not about me.”
Now a word with Celtic’s two-goal match-winning hero Odsonne Edouard! “I am very happy to score today. But more important is the team.” Was he nervous when taking the penalty? “No. I am not nervous. I am never nervous! When I take the penalty, I know I score the penalty! It is a very good atmosphere today. With the fans, I win the treble one more time, and I am very happy for this.”
Neil Lennon crumples to the floor, on the verge of tears, before gathering himself and racing down the touchline in celebration. Uche Ikpeazu and Scott Brown briefly go nose to nose, in a full and frank exchange of views, but it all seems to quieten down quickly enough. Brown then talks to BBC Scotland: “It’s phenomenal. Hearts gave us a great game. But our quality, yet again! For the fans it’s phenomenal. And that’s people saying we’ve had a poor season! We’ve done the treble yet again, the third one in a row, and now we push on next season. If we turn up, we win the game.”
FULL TIME: Hearts 1-2 Celtic
Half a chance for Hickey to hit one from the edge of the box. But he hesitates, is closed down, and the whistle goes! Celtic have won the 2019 Scottish Cup! It’s their third Scottish Cup in a row … their ninth domestic trophy in a row … and along with the league and League Cup, it means they’ve won the treble Treble!
90 min +4: Ikpeazu, to the right of the D, turns on a sixpence but can’t get a shot away. Celtic clear. Hearts come back at them. Hickey curls in from the right and Berra wins a header, but in looking for the top right of the goal, can only find the top right of the stand.
90 min +3: Another minute passes. Hearts can’t keep hold of possession. Celtic are 120 seconds away from yet another Treble!
90 min +2: Hearts have thrown everyone forward. Mulraney whips in high from the right. Berra goes up with Bain at the far post, and clumps the keeper upside the head. Bain needs no second invitation: down he goes for treatment, and the clock ticks on in Celtic’s favour.
90 min +1: Bain is booked for time-wasting. It’s only the two keepers who have been booked this afternoon. When did that last happen in a match, never mind a cup final?
90 min: Celtic play the corner short but give up possession quickly. Hearts hoick the ball upfield, but lose it in the midfield. A throw for Celtic, which becomes a big production, but who can blame them? There will be five added minutes. Can Hearts salvage their Scottish Cup dream?
89 min: Before the corner can be taken, Hayes is replaced by Bitton. Celtic take their own sweet time over the substitution in the classic game-management style.
88 min: Hearts are throwing everything at this, desperation having kicked in since going behind. Ikpeazu is shoved over by Brown, giving Hearts another chance to load the box. The free kick leads to a game of head tennis, but Celtic eventually clear and Sinclair zips down the left, cutting inside and sending a low shot that’s deflected out for a corner.
86 min: Mulreaney curls a delicious hanging cross in from the left. Ikpeazu rises on the penalty spot but he’s crowded out of it by three Celtic defenders and can’t connect. The ball sails out harmlessly for a goal kick.
85 min: The free kick, just to the right of the Celtic box, is whipped in. Berra sends an unconvincing header goalwards. There’s no real danger, but Bain takes no chances and tips over. Nothing comes of the resulting set piece, though.
84 min: Hearts come back at Celtic. Djoum finds a bit of space down the right and is bowled over by Sinclair from behind. That’s clumsy and a chance for Hearts to hit back immediately.
GOAL! Hearts 1-2 Celtic (Edouard 82)
But this match might not be going to extra time! Out of nothing, Edouard is sent clear down the middle! A long header isn’t cleared by Berra, who hesitates fatally. The ball flies through to the striker, who draws Zlamal and whips a shot past the keeper and into the net from the edge of the box! Out of absolutely nothing!
81 min: Hearts use up their last substitute. Haring makes way for Bozanic. They’ll get one more if this match goes to extra time, though.
79 min: Here comes the big man! Hearts replace Maclean with Uche Ikpeazu. He wasn’t deemed fit enough to start … but is he fit enough to make a telling contribution to this cup final?
78 min: McGregor trundles a cross down the corridor of uncertainty from the left. It’s just a yard ahead of Forrest and Edouard in the centre, who can’t bundle home. So close to the perfect cross.
77 min: This is being played at 110mph now, and passes aren’t sticking. Both sides are betraying some nerves, as they arrive at the business end of this final. The tension at Hampden is palpable.
75 min: Hearts make their first switch, replacing Clare with Wighton.
74 min: Hayes whips a lovely cross into the mixer from the left, but with plenty of green-and-white shirts lurking, Souttar rises to blam a header clear. Fine play all round.
72 min: And now Celtic make their second change. Johnston – who scored twice against Hearts last weekend, but has been quiet today – makes way for Sinclair.
70 min: The first change of the afternoon. Celtic, who haven’t been able to establish their usual dominance in midfield, replace Rogic with Ntcham.
68 min: Haring meets the corner, free, eight yards out. He’s got to work Bain at the very least, but powers his header well over the bar. A glorious chance for Hearts wasted.
67 min: Maclean wins a long ball on the edge of the Celtic box, but Clare can’t get onto the knockdown. But Celtic can only half-clear, and Clare is soon winning a corner down the right off Simunovic.
64 min: That’s a fine response by Celtic, who came straight back at Hearts from the moment they fell behind. Hampden is bouncing as a result. Both teams will think they can go on to win this now.
GOAL! Hearts 1-1 Celtic (Edouard 62 pen)
Edouard whips the penalty into the bottom left. Zlamal guessed correctly, and got a good hand to the ball, but didn’t keep it out. He probably should have done better, though Edourard will argue that he got enough power on his kick anyway. Whatever: Celtic have drawn level in short order!
Penalty for Celtic!
61 min: Edouard bursts into the Celtic box on the left! Zlamal comes out rashly, and takes the striker out with a slide tackle! The referee points at the spot. Zlamal is then booked for wasting time as Edouard waits to take the spot kick.
59 min: A free kick for Celtic out on the right. The champions load the box. McGregor flies it over everyone and out on the left for a goal kick.
57 min: Celtic have a job on their hands now. Hearts have won their last three Scottish Cup finals. And only one team since 2004 has lost a Scottish Cup final after scoring first. On the plus side for Celtic, that was Aberdeen two years ago, and the Hoops were the beneficiaries. Brown dribbles into the Hearts box from the right and pulls back for Edouard, who can’t connect. The ball deflects off Rogic and harmlessly through to Zlamal.
55 min: That was a fine goal, a mixture of sassy and scrappy. Hickey’s pass in from the left to Djoum, as he burst through a couple of Celtic players, was exquisite. Djoum did so well to make himself some space for a shot, even if what resulted wasn’t too great. But Clare’s sense of what was around him was magnificent, and Edwards forced his opportunity home with great feeling. The Hearts faithful are giving it plenty.
GOAL! Hearts 1-0 Celtic (Edwards 53)
They’re not groaning now! Hickey, just 16, bursts in from the left. He lays off to Djoum, who drops a shoulder to the left of the D. A shanked shot ends up with Clare on the penalty spot. Clare is surrounded, but notices Edwards behind him, so backheels … and Edwards slams home from ten yards! Hampden erupts!
51 min: Some space for Smith to attack down the right … but he’s forced to check back and the ball ends up at the feet of Zlamal in the Hearts goal. Their fans groan in great frustration.
49 min: Then Celtic break upfield, and Hayes again pops up, this time firing a long-distance shot over the bar from distance.
48 min: This is gloriously open. It’s as though both managers have released the handbrake at half-time, telling their players to go for it. Mulraney makes good down the left and crosses; with three Hearts men in the middle, Hayes does very well to win the header and clear.
47 min: Hearts go up the other end. Some more pinball, and for a second it looks as though the ball will find its way to Clare, alone in an absurd amount of space on the edge of the Celtic box. Celtic are able to clear, though.
Here come the teams again! Celtic are sent out early, forced to wait until Hearts deign to turn up. Neither manager has made a half-time change. The Jambos get the second half underway, but Celtic are soon enough on the attack. Hayes crosses from the left. The ball nearly finds Edouard six yards out, but Souttar has it at his feet. He’s not exactly sure what to do with it, though, facing his own goal. He’s lucky to see his eventual hack away pinball off Rogic and out for a goal kick.
Half-time entertainment … in lieu of goals at Hampden.
HALF TIME: Hearts 0-0 Celtic
The whistle goes for half time. Neither goalkeeper has had any serious work to do. Hearts will be a lot happier with this state of affairs than Celtic. Neil Lennon stomps off down the tunnel, perhaps with a view to delivering a full and frank team-talk. Craig Levein will presumably ask his troops for more of the same; their gameplan is working well.
44 min: And then Smith makes himself busy down the right, earning a corner. From the set piece, Smith earns a throw, which is flung into the mixer. The danger to Celtic, such as it is, ends when Berra shapes to shoot but slips, allowing the ball to be blootered clear.
40 min: A minute’s applause by the Hearts fans in tribute to fan Alex Currie, who died aged just 39 after suffering a stroke while watching his son playing football. A lovely tribute. Incidentally, Celtic are wearing 5 and 9 on their shorts, in memory of departed legends Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers, who wore those numbers in the 1967 European Cup final.
38 min: Hickey continues to patrol the left flank in a progressive manner. He nearly releases Mulraney down the wing, but the pass doesn’t quite come off. He’s looked scarily accomplished going forward for such a young player.