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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 May 2007, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Rangers 2-1 Celtic


By Colin Moffat

Did Celtic deserve to win the Scottish Cup? You can have a say on BBC Radio Scotland's Your Call, starting at 1730, (0500 929 500) or join the My Sport/606 debate on the BBC website.


"It's my last time in a Celtic shirt and I'm just delighted to end my career on a high, with the Double. I've packed a lot into my six-and-half-years here."
Celtic captain Neil Lennon

1710: The victorious Celtic team parade the cup, while their noisy fans sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone', with scarfs aloft.

"Dunfermline worked fantastically well and I think they will be right back in the Premier League."
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan

"We're a good side, with a great squad of players. It's been a terrific season."
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan

1700: Neil Lennon, who was subbed midway through the second half, climbs the stairs at Hampden to collect the Scottish Cup from First Minister Alex Salmond.

"It was a good performance from Dunfermline - they made a real game of it. But they tired and Celtic had the better of the chances. Craig Beattie made a real difference after he came on."
BBC pundit Gordon Smith

Full-time: Dunfermline 0-1 Celtic
Celtic have done the Double thanks to a late strike from Jean-Joel Perrier Doumbe - his first goal for the club on his Scottish Cup debut.

On the balance of chances, Celtic perhaps deserve to be ahead but it's tough luck on Dunfermline, who have worked themselves into the ground on a warm Glasgow afternoon.

1644:Dunfermline 0-1 Celtic
GOAL! Jean-Joel Perrier Doumbe slides in to stab the ball home after a Craig Beattie delivery is deflected into his path on the edge of the six-yard box.

1640: With the game stretched, Celtic's Craig Beattie cuts into the penalty area from a wide left position but his shot whistles inches wide of the far post. Dunfermline thrown on Jim Hamilton for the exhausted Jim McIntyre.

1635: Pars stiker Jim McIntyre hits the side-netting with a header, beating the ponderous Steven Pressley to a looping, high cross.

1632: Dunfermline make their first change, with striker Stevie Crawford, replacing wing back Scott Morrison.

1631: Celtic keeper Artur Boruc struggles to cope with a poor pass-back from Steven Pressley and Mark Burchill steals the ball, but the Polish international recovers to make a neat tackle on the edge of his penalty area.

Neil Lennon, having played his last match for Celtic, marches straight down the tunnel, while the fans chant his name in thanks for his near seven years of service.

1626: Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, recovering from a hip operation, makes another change. And it's a surprise - with captain Neil Lennon leaving the field to be replaced by Gary Caldwell.

1622: Celtic full-back Lee Naylor cuts in from the left to play a neat one-two with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink but Dorus De Vries makes a smart save to collect the defender's shot from the edge of the penalty area.

1615: A wonderful run from Dunfermline teenager Adam Hammill is crudely ended by a cynical foul by Steven Pressley. Celtic striker Craig Beattie comes on to replace the limping Kenny Miller.

1611: Celtic pass up a second great chance as Kenny Miller heads straight at Dorus De Vries from 10 yards, following a great run and cross from Aiden McGeady.

1605: The game re-starts, with neither side making any half-time changes.

"I thought Celtic would blow Dunfermline away. I've got it absolutely wrong."
BBC Sport's Chick Young admits a rare error of judgement

"Celtic have been hopeless in midfield and Dunfermline must be growing in confidence."
Jim Traynor, BBC Radio Scotland analyst

Half-time: Dunfermline 0-0 Celtic

1545: Scott Morrison drills a low shot wide from 20 yards as Dunfermline finish the first half strongly.

Neil Lennon's farewell party is not going to plan. He and central midfield partner Paul Hartley are struggling to cope with a feisty Dunfermline side.

1530: Kenny Miller does very well to bamboozle his marker and flash in a cross from the right. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink crashes in a diving header from near the penalty spot but it flies a yard wide and Dunfermline fans breathe a collective sigh of relief.

1524: Scott Morrison curls a free-kick over the crossbar from 25 yards but Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc did not look at all troubled.

1521: Shunsuke Nakamura knocks the ball into an empty net but referee Kenny Clarke had blown for a foul as Dorus De Vries dropped the ball under pressure from Paul Hartley.

1514: Kenny Miller breaks into the Dunfermline penalty box but goalkeeper Dorus De Vries is out quickly to smother the ball.

1510: Pars boss Stephen Kenny is shouting for a penalty as Mark Burchill topples under the challenge of Paul Hartley but the striker is not claiming anything and play rages on.

1504: Mark Burchill steals in behind the Celtic defence but the former Parkhead striker flashes an angled shot wide of the target.

1500: Celtic striker Kenny Miller gets the game underway. Neil Lennon is upended inside the first minute and Paul Hartley is bundled to the turf as Dunfermline begin in no-nonsense fashion.

1459: Both teams enter a huddle as the 52,000-crowd begin making an almighty noise.

1457: The players arrive on the pitch, led out by managers Stephen Kenny and Gordon Strachan. Celtic captain Neil Lennon, playing his last match for the club, leads the hand-shaking between the sides.

"I'm looking forward to the game. I expect Celtic to step up a gear after finishing the league campaign at a canter."
Scotland manager Alex McLeish, talking to BBC Sport

"Anything can happen in a cup final. As long as we get a better game than the FA Cup final last weekend."
Rod Stewart tells BBC Sport's star-struck Chick Young

1450: The pop star connection continues with Rod Stewart bringing out the Scottish Cup with Dunfermline legend Jim Leishman, now director of football at East End Park.

"Last year I was here as a Hearts supporter but Gretna deserved to win, so that might be a lesson. It will be a great game, a great occasion and I think it will be a lot more even than people expect."
First Minister Alex Salmond, talking to BBC Sport

Of course, you can watch the game live on BBC One Scotland and listen in to BBC Radio Scotland 810MW or BBC Radio Five Live.

These 80s pop stars are everywhere, I tell you! Dougie Vipond, former drum-basher with Deacon Blue, will be presenting highlights of the game on BBC One Scotland at 2245 BST.

Simple Minds are also in town for the game. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill were performing at last night's Celtic Park tribute to the Lisbon Lions, so there's no dubiety about where their allegiances lie...

Former Skids front-man Richard Jobson is at Hampden. The 1979 classic 'Into the Valley' is something of an anthem at East End Park. However, my sources tell me that the Dunfermline-born singer-turned-film-maker is Celtic daft.

Steven Pressley is aiming to become the first player to win the Scottish Cup with three different clubs, having lifted the trophy with Rangers in 1993 and captained Hearts to glory last year.

Dunfermline: De Vries Shields, Wilson, Bamba, Muirhead, McCunnie, Morrison, Hammill, Young, Burchill, McIntyre.

Celtic: Boruc, Perrier Doumbe, McManus, Pressley, Naylor, McGeady, Lennon, Hartley, Nakamura, Miller, Vennegoor of Hesselink.

1420: The teams are announced, with Gary Caldwell and Derek Riordan missing out on starting places for Celtic and Thomas Gravesen not even making the bench.

"Celtic have the better players but I think Dunfermline can go for it. They've done really well to beat Hibs, Hearts and Rangers to get here and they have an outside chance."
BBC Sport co-commentator Ian McCall

"Dunfermline will be right up for it but you have to fancy Celtic."
Snooker world champion (and Celtic fanatic) John Higgins, talking on Off The Ball

Celtic, chasing a 34th success in the tournament, start the match at Hampden Park as overwhelming favourites, having already wrapped up the Premier League title.

Dunfermline, with two cup triumphs in the 1960s to their name, are aiming to make up for the disappointment of relegation from the top flight.

1400: Welcome to our online coverage of the 134th Scottish Cup final.

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