Scottish Cup Roundup, Apr. 10
Celtic is set to finish the season without a trophy after a shock
2-0 loss to second-tier Ross County in the Scottish Cup semifinals
Second-half goals from Steven Craig and Martin Scott at
Hampden Park clinched the victory for the Division One team from
the Scottish Highlands.
“To come to Hampden and beat one of the Old Firm 2-0 – it’s
the stuff dreams are made of,” Craig said. “It’s not just
individuals, the team was brilliant, soaked up the pressure. We are
a good, young team. A lot of boys in the squad have good ability,
we had no fear coming here today.”
Celtic is also virtually out of contention in the Scottish
Premier League as the Glasgow side is 13 points behind leader
Losing to Ross County, which had never contested the
semifinals before, will dent interim Celtic manager Neil Lennon’s
hopes of being appointed on a permanent basis at the end of the
Craig scored in the 55th minute, pouncing on a loose header
near the halfway line and outpacing three defenders before firing
beyond goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska from 15 meters (yards).
Scott sealed County’s place in the final in the 88th minute
after volleying home Andrew Barrowman’s cross from close range.
Celtic must avoid losing against Motherwell in the league on
Tuesday to prevent Rangers winning the title the following day by
beating Dundee United.