Celtic eased past Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon, meaning Brendan Rodgers’ side are just 90 minutes away from writing more history by winning a second successive treble.
Graeme Murty’s side never looked like a real threat, which was clear from the very start of the match as Hoops striker Moussa Dembele almost fired the Premiership champions ahead after four minutes, though his effort rattled off the post.
Tom Rogic is no stranger to these kind of games. The Australian made it three goals in three games against Rangers as he fired the Bhoys ahead after just 22 minutes. Callum McGregor got involved later on in the half and struck the ball past Wes Foderingham to double the lead.
Murty’s men knew it was bad enough trailing by two goals, but giving away a penalty and going down to ten-men after 52 minutes led to yet more misery. Dembele converted the penalty in stunning fashion with a Panenka – something which may have summed up the day.
Olivier Ntcham was given the task of tucking away a second penalty later in the half, and he didn’t disappoint.
Here’s five talking points from the Celtic’s spectacular Old Firm win:
Patrick Roberts must start vs Hibernian and Rangers
The winger was a substitute in Sunday’s win but came on later in the game, won a penalty and reminded fans exactly what it is he offers to the team.
His creativity and skill is something the team has missed a lot this season, which is why he should be starting the next two games against Hibs at Easter Road and Rangers at Celtic Park.
Callum McGregor - our new left winger?
The Scottish international is mostly known as a central midfielder, though he has shown to be capable of operating in other areas of the park on a few occasions this season – ranging from left back to left-wing.
He started out on the left in Sunday’s win and scored, showing his quality all afternoon. Of course, players like Sinclair and Musondahave to be considered, but he has earned the right to be given more chances out on the left-wing.
Gordon or Bain?
Rodgers opted for the more experienced Gordon in the semi-final, a decision which paid off as he made two key saves to keep a clean sheet and prevent Rangers from scoring.
Scott Bain hasn’t exactly done anything to warrant being dropped from the starting eleven, but with Gordon now match fit it’s clear there is healthy competition as to who deserves to be number one.
Perhaps if the club were to sign Bain on a permanent deal he’d be considered a long-term replacement for the 35-year-old?
Where's Rogic's new contract?!
It’s the question on everyone’s mind. The Wizard of Aus has just a year remaining on his current contract and he’s done more than enough to prove he deserves a new and improved deal.
He really is the man for the big occasions. From the last minute winner against Aberdeen in the last year’s Scottish Cup final to Sunday’s opener, the attacking midfielder has shown he is one of the club’s most talented players.
Moussa Dembele is the best all-round striker in the country
This isn’t exactly breaking news. The Frenchman’s performance in the 4-0 win showed just why he’s been linked with a range of clubs. He won and converted the first penalty, but also did so much more than that. His link-up play and contribution benefited the whole team.
Since joining from Fulham in 2016 the French u21 star has bagged 47 goals. Not too bad for a 21-year-old! Similar to Rogic, he is undoubtedly a man for the big occasion.