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Celtic's Mark Viduka
"I hope we can now get used to winning ways"
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Celtic interim coach Kenny Dalglish
"This should give the fans more pride in the club"
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The BBC's Roddy Forsyth reports
"Two destructive second-half minutes ended Aberdeen's resistance"
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Monday, 20 March, 2000, 10:13 GMT
Celtic triumph in cup final

The cup win helped lift some of the gloom over Celtic
Aberdeen 0-2 Celtic

Celtic at last gave their long-suffering fans something to shout about as they claimed the CIS Insurance Cup, defeating 10-man Aberdeen at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Goals from Vidar Riseth and Tommy Johnson gave Celtic an impressive lead, before Thomas Solberg was dismissed after two bookable offences in the second-half.

Solberg's departure killed off any hope for the Dons, who were lucky not to have conceded more goals in the dying minutes.

Tommy Johnson (right) settled the match in the 58th minute
Aberdeen started with more positive intent and after nine minutes Paul Bernard's header looped over the bar from an Andy Dow free-kick as Celtic struggled to move into gear.

With their first sustained attack, however, Celtic moved ahead as Morten Wieghorst broke into space on the left before crossing for Riseth to sweep past Leighton from close range on 16 minutes.

Aberdeen almost produced an instant response within a minute as Zerouali drilled in a cross which Arild Stavrum reached first at the near post only to direct his effort into the side-netting.

Celtic were now looking the more assured outfit and Lubomir Moravcik had the confidence to try his luck from the edge of the area on the half-hour mark but sending his shot wide of the mark.

Key moments
16 mins: Riseth puts Celtic in front from Wieghorst's centre
20 mins: Solberg receives yellow card for reckless challenge on Viduka
40 mins: Gould makes a save at feet of Perry
58 mins: Johnson scores Celtic's second after being played in by Viduka
61 mins: Solberg gets marching orders for foul on Stilian Petrov
Aberdeen spurned a half-chance to level when the ball ran loose to Perry inside the area, but Celtic keeper Jonathan Gould was able to claim before a brief altercation with Zerouali.

Dow summed up the Dons' frustration by felling Petrov for another yellow card, while right on half-time Viduka fired badly over after running on to McNamara's threaded pass.

Aberdeen made a change at the break with Cato Guntveit replaced by Rachid Belabed, and the Dons were presented a chance to level when Riseth lost control of the ball 10 seconds after the restart.

Zerouali pounced on that mistake only to be tripped on the edge of the area, but the resulting free-kick was hit straight into the wall and the opportunity was lost.

Mark Viduka tormented Aberdeen all afternoon
It was to be Zerouali's final contribution as after an accidental collision with McNamara the Moroccan was carried off with what looked to be a serious leg injury.

The Dons' misery was compounded on 58 minutes when a fluent Celtic move culminated in Viduka bursting through the centre before feeding Johnson, who defeated Leighton with a low drive.

That was 2-0 and the cue for Aberdeen to lose their way as just three minutes later Solberg hauled down the onrushing Petrov to be given a second yellow card and his marching orders.

Reduced to 10 men the match turned into a damage limitation exercise for the Dons.

But they held out well, despite a number of late Celtic surges, to finish the match with their heads held high.


Aberdeen: Leighton, Perry, Anderson, Solberg, McAllister, Bernard, Jess, Guntveit, Dow, Zerouali, Stavrum.
Subs: Winters, Belabed, Mayer.

Celtic: Gould, Riseth, Mjallby, Boyd, McNamara, Petrov, Moravcik, Wieghorst, Mahe, Viduka, Johnson.
Subs: Kerr, Stubbs, Berkovic.

Referee: Kenny Clark (Scotland)

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