Men's Scottish Cup Final
Celtic 3-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Saturday, 3 June 2023
Hampden Park, Glasgow

With the sun shining in Glasgow, Celtic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle met at Hampden Park in the 2023 Scottish Cup Final.

On the road to the final, Celtic beat Morton, St Mirren, Hearts and Rangers while Inverness Caledonian Thistle beat Stirling Albion before having a reprieve after a Fourth Round 2-0 defeat to Queen’s Park in which the Spiders fielded an ineligible player before going on to have victories over Livingston, Kilmarnock and Falkirk to take their place in the Final at the National Stadium.

A 3-1 victory saw Celtic lift the Scottish Cup; the Glasgow sides 41st time winning the cup.

Scorers

Celtic 3 (Kyogo 38’, Liel Abada 65’, Jota 90’)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1 (Daniel MacKay 84’)

As It Happened

The start of the match was a cagey affair, with Celtic dominating the ball, but unable to break through a stern Inverness defence.

Celtic eventually opened the scoring in the 38th minute when Matt O’Riley drove into the box before cutting the ball back to the feet of Kyogo, who slotted the ball home from 6 yards out, causing an eruption amongst the Celtic fans within Hampden Park.

Celtic doubled their lead in the 65th minute. Jota slipped the ball to Callum McGregor, who had made a great run into the box, and the Celtic captain cut the ball back to Liel Abada who put the slotted home into the back of the net from 6 yards out. There was a slight delay due to a VAR check for a possible offside, but the goal stood and Celtic had a 2-0 lead over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle grabbed a goal back in the 84th minute when Wallace Duffy played a brilliant ball into the box which was headed home by Daniel MacKay. With just over five minutes left on the clock, the Highland side looked to have a chance of forcing the game to extra-time.

Those hopes were, however, quickly dashed, as Celtic scored a third in the 90th minute when Liel Abada made a run down the wing, before delivering a great ball into the box. Jota was there to meet it at the back post and squeezed a finish into the net.

This was enough for the Glasgow side to see the game through to the final whistle, earning them a 41st Men’s Scottish Cup win, and sealing a domestic treble.

Line-ups

Celtic: Hart, Johnston, Taylor, Starfelt, Kyogo (Oh 58’), Jota (Forrest 90+1’), Iwata, O’Riley (Turnbull 75’), Maeda (Abada 46’), Hatate (Hakšabanović 75’), McGregor

Unused Substitutes: Siegrist, Bernabei, Ralston, Welsh

Inverness Caledonian Thistle: Ridgers, Duffy, Harper, Deas, Devine (Delaney 74’), Carson, Mckay (Samuels 74’), Allardice (MacGregor 80’), Henderson (D MacKay 67’), Shaw (Doran 80’)

Unused Substitutes: C MacKay, Hyde, Woods, Boyd