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Falkirk v Celtic as it happened

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Sportscene Live: Falkirk v Celtic

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By Colin Moffat

1728: I'll sign off now. Many thanks for your company and all of the contributions. Enjoy what's left of your weekend.

1726: I'm afraid there will be a delay in getting the SPL highlights online this evening. Technical problems, I'm told.

1724: Big Elvis was maybe getting carried away saying his side controlled periods of the game. As Neil Lennon pointed out, Celtic posed a far greater goal threat in a thoroughly entertaining match.

1721: "We want to hold on to our young talent and see them develop but we also take enormous satisfaction seeing them progress to the next level and making a good living for themselves," adds Pressley.

1718: "The game was decided by two debatable decisions," seethes Falkirk manager Steven Pressley on BBC Radio Scotland. "I don't think the scoreline was a true reflection of a game that we controlled for spells."

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1715: From BBC Scotland's Jim Spence at Hampden by Twitter @bbcjimspence: "Great game at Hampden and again proving that a bigger top league is needed."

1712: "There was a few of them off colour but I can't ask for much more from the players," adds Lennon, who is looking forward to working with Pawel Brozek now that the Polish striker is in Glasgow to join up on loan for the rest of the season. "Things haven't gone well for him in Turkey but he has a good goalscoring record and he comes in hungry because he wants a place in the European Championships."

1710: "Delighted to be in the final. I never thought we were in that much danger today. We scored three, hit the bar twice and had a goal ruled out that looked onside," Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Radio Scotland.

1708: Celtic fans will be happy tonight - dreaming of a Treble, no doubt. Kilmarnock will be tough nuts to crack in the final though. That game will also be screened live by BBC Scotland.

1706: If I was Falkirk boss Steven Pressley, I'd take the phone off the hook until the transfer window closes at midnight on Tuesday. There will be a host of clubs looking on enviously at the array of young stars at his disposal. Top goalscorer Farid El Alagui was a disappointment though...

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1703: From Steve in Irvine by text on 80295: "What a game. Congratulations to Celtic but well done Falkirk and Steven Pressley. Goes to prove if you're Good enough you're OLD ENOUGH. "

1700: You can see highlights of today's entertaining match on this website later this evening, along with all the SPL goals from Saturday. The action will also be covered and analysed on Sportscene (BBC2 Scotland at 2200).

1657: The Bairns deserve great credit for a performance full of vim and verve but Celtic were just too good for the First Division side, extending their run of domestic victories to 14 games.

1655: Celtic are through to meet Kilmarnock in the League Cup final. Anthony Stokes added a second-half double to Scott Brown's penalty, while Jay Fulton was on target for Falkirk.

Full time
1654: FULL TIME: Falkirk 1-3 Celtic

1651: The sponsors' man-of-the-match award goes to Falkirk midfielder Kallum Higginbotham, who has put in a power of running. He limps off to be replaced by 16-year-old Craig Sibbald.

1650: Huge gaps at the back for Falkirk now as they throw men forward in the dying minutes.

1648: An early touch for Kris Commons as he gets in behind the Bairns defence to lift a lob high and wide of the target.

1647: Falkirk have thrown on striker Jordan White, while Kris Commons is on for goal hero Anthony Stokes. The Celtic fans are in good voice at Hamden now.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
It's Anthony Stokes tapping the ball in from a yard but that goal was all down to Gary Hooper, who blazed past a couple of opponents with a great chance of pace before rolling the ball across to his strike partner.

1645: GOAL Falkirk 1-3 Celtic (Stokes)

1644: A strong run from David Weatherston has the Falkirk fans on their feet but his low cross is cleared by Adam Matthews.

1643: Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew whips in a dipping free kick from 30 yards and Michael McGovern does well to smother the ball at his near post.

1640: Celtic are stretching the play, knocking it from side to side in a bid to exhaust the opposition. Georgios Samaras warming up for Neil Lennon's team.

1638: Veteran defender Darren Dods almost makes amends for giving away that earlier penalty when he spins like a teenage striker to get a shot away but it's blocked by Fraser Forster and the Celtic keeper does really well to block the follow-up effort from Stewart Murdoch.

1635: Falkirk have 15 minutes to find a way back from 2-1 down at the national stadium.

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From Scots Wehey! on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Both Celtic goals from set pieces. A goal from open play would be more convincing." While Mark Morrison adds: "Difficult day for the commentators at Hampden Park with everyone in the Falkirk team called Clark Eriksson."

1630: More pressure from Celtic as they look for a third goal but a promising period of possession comes to end with a shot from Anthony Stokes blocked on the edge of the penalty area.

1628: Celtic swap right-backs, with Adam Matthews coming on for Cha Du-Ri.

1626: Kallum Higginbotham drives into the penalty box but his head is down the whole time and he can't find a team-mate. Better from Falkirk now...

1624: Blair Alston gets a glimpse of goal after a strong run into the penalty box from Keiran Duffie but the Falkirk substitute scuffs his shot wide.

1622: Celtic knocking it about now, with Falkirk struggling to get a touch. Bairns goalscorer Jay Fulton is off (which should put an end to the TV shots of his dad, Paul), with Blair Alston coming on.

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1620: From Paul in Glasgow by text on 80295: "During the tennis, the camera kept cutting to Novak Djokovic's girlfriend. At Hampden we got shots of Steve Fulton. No contest!"

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
What was I saying about Anthony Stokes having a stinker? The Celtic striker restores Celtic's lead with a glorious free kick from 25 yards. A screamer - no chance for Bairns keeper Michael McGovern.

1615: GOAL Falkirk 1-2 Celtic (Stokes)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1614: Thomes Rogne hits the woodwork from a corner for a second time. The Celtic defender controls a corner kick inside the six yard box and flicks a shot up against the crossbar. Falkirk clear after an almighty stramash...

1612: Anthony Stokes has not had much of game so far. Space opens up for the Celtic striker but Darren Dods steps in to make a simple tackle on the edge of his penalty box.

1610: Great chance for Falkirk! Kallum Higginbotham does well to dink in a cross from the left and Jay Fulton meets it on the half-volley just eight yards out but the ball balloons high over the crossbar. The teenager was just too casual there. That was crying out for head down, laces through it...

1608: Celtic have made a purposeful start to the second half but a patient, probing move breaks down when Anthony Stokes fails to control on the edge of the penalty box.

1605: We're off again, with the teams locked at 1-1...

1604: Ki-Sung Yeung has come on for Celtic, with Emilio Izaguirre making way. Charlie Mulgrew will move to left-back, with Victor Wanyama dropping into central defence.

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From anon. by text on 80295: "Never mind his dad, 31 years ago Jay Fulton's grandad Norrie scored a Hampden winner for Pollok in the 1981 Scottish Junior Cup Final."
Jay is the son of former Celtic, Hearts and Falkirk midfielder Stevie Fulton (once infamously likened to Roberto Baggio by the great Billy McNeill).

1559: Falkirk boss Steven Pressley has been banished from the dugout for his furious half time outburst. He marched on to the pitch and seemed to be suggesting that the penalty award would not have been given at the other end. He then carried on berating ref Euan Norris in the tunnel. We don't have a graphic for steam coming out of a manager's ears (note to designers).

1555: Celtic substitute Ki-Sung Yeung is going through a vigorous warm-up. Manager Neil Lennon might be plotting a change to liven up his midfield.

1552: BBC Radio Scotland reporter Chick Young tells us that Falkirk gaffer Steven Pressley was going bananas at referee Euan Norris in the tunnel. The big man might be in a spot of bother.

Half time
1548: HALF TIME: Falkirk 1-1 Celtic
It's been a lively game at Hampden, with First Division Falkirk impressing with their passing from midfield. Celtic captain Scott Brown slotted home a penalty given for a daft bit of wrestling from Darren Dods but Jay Fulton levelled shortly before the break.

1547: James Forrest scampers clear of the Falkirk defence but Michael McGovern is out swiftly and the Celtic midfielder shoots tamely at the keeper.

1545: Celtic captain Scott Brown floats a dangerous free kick towards the back post but Thomas Rogne fails to make any kind of meaning contact on the edge the six yard box.

1544: There was a lot of space for Jay Fulton to run into there. Cha Du Ri was posted missing at right back and Victor Wanyama went to sleep, failing to track the teenager's run.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Falkirk break at pace with David Weatherston and Kallum Higginbotham linking well to set up Jay Fulton and the teenager rolls a composed finish past Fraser Forster. Game on!

1542: GOAL Falkirk 1-1 Celtic (Fulton)

1541: Diminutive Celtic striker Gary Hooper does brilliantly to outmuscle Murray Wallace and cut the ball back for Anthony Stokes but Darren Dods gets over to make a vital block.

1539: Celtic are stroking the ball around now that they are 1-0 up but assistant manager Johan Mjallby is screaming from the touchline, urging his team to pick up the pace.

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1537: From Andrew V Watson on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "And here I was thinking #Celtic couldn't take penalties! That really should have been our second goal though."

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1535: From Greig in Perth by text on 80295: "Cheap penalty but Stonewaller. What bravery from a top young Ref! Should be much more of these decisions."

1534: Falkirk string together a nice sequence of passes as they look to compose themselves after losing that goal but they can't find a gap in the Celtic rearguard.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Yellow card
Darren Dods is penalised for grappling with Thomas Rogne at a corner and Celtic skipper Scott Brown steps up to send Michael McGovern the wrong way from the spot. The Bairns captain picks up a yellow card for his foolish foul.

1529: GOAL Falkirk 0-1 Celtic (Brown)

1528: PENALTY TO CELTIC

1526: Falkirk charge forward again and Celtic keeper Fraser Forster does well to gather Jay Fulton's cross at the second attempt.

Yellow card
1524: First booking of the day goes to Falkirk's Stewart Murdoch (not the Belle & Sebastian front man) as he clatters into Scott Brown in a most un-indie gentle rocker fashion...

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1523: From Jimmy in Edinburgh by text on 80295: "That is a bizzare decision by the linesman!" While George McKay adds "I am a Gers fan, but Celts were robbed there. Was a clear goal. When is tv evidence coming in? Waken up football! "

1521: Rogne is involved at a corner again. This time heading clear from his own goalmouth and he gets a sore one in the ribs for his troubles.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1519: Celtic his the woodwork. Thomas Rogne gets his head to a looping corner from James Forrest and the ball thumps into the turf and up on to the junction of post and crossbar.

1516: When I say "tight" on that offside decision, what I mean is wrong. Having seen a replay, there was a Bairns defender playing Hooper on. Big let off for the underdogs.

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1515: From Tom Ellis on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Dad and Bro are there today all the way from Cheshire, they've got a Big flag saying Cheshire Falkirk Bairns! Hope they win!!"

1513: Celtic have the ball in the net but it's not going to count. Michael McGovern tips a rasping shot from Scott Brown on to his post and Gary Hooper rifles the rebound into the roof of the net. A tight decision that one...

1511: "It shows you how positive he is. First time shot, he just can't hit the target." BBC Scotland TV pundit Billy Dodds on that effort from El Alagui.

1510: Kallum Higginbotham charges forward and picks out Farid El Alagui in the Celtic penalty box but the Moroccan skews his angled strike wide. Yes, that really is Kallum with a K...

1508: Both sides are getting the ball down and pinging it about at pace. Nice and lively, although neither goalkeeper has been involved.

1506: Keiran Duffie lets fly from distance and it's not too far away from the Falkirk youngster.

1505: On the evidence of the first five minutes, Falkirk are up for this one. No suggestion of the First Division side sitting back.

1503: For frustrated Falkirk fans in the Faroe Islands, I should point out that you can only see the game online if you're in the UK.

Whistle
1501: Referee Euan Morris sounds his whistle and we're off.

1458: The teams are in the Hampden tunnel now. Celtic in their traditional hoops, Falkirk in all dark blue.

1456: Righto. Refresh this page now and, hey presto, you can follow BBC Scotland's live television coverage.

1454: Match highlights will available online this evening and you can see all of this weekend's league and cup action on Sportscene. (BBC2 Scotland at 2200).

1452: Another reminder that this game is being streamed live right here. You'll need to refresh this page in a few minutes to see it.

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1448: From Hamish Jones on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Good luck to the Bairns & all my mates attending the game today. From exile babysitting in London COYBS"

1445: Novak Djokovic has taken an astonishing five-hours and 53 minutes to overcome Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open final - 22 hours after his near-five-hour tussle with Andy Murray. I don't want to see any players complaining of cramp today if we get extra time at Hampden.

1441: This is likely to be the last Falkirk match for defender Murray Wallace. The Bairns have accepted an offer from Ipswich for the teenager and Brighton have also talked to him.

1438: There must be a few clubs sniffing about Farid El Alagui. Do Falkirk cash in now or keep him on for the rest of the season as they push for promotion?

1435: Gary Hooper is Celtic's leading scorer this season with 16 goals but that's small beer compared to Falkirk's top marksman Farid El Alagui, who has found the net 22 times. The Moroccan has been a huge hit in his first season in Scotland.

1432: I fancy Steven Pressley's youthful Falkirk side will have a go at Celtic. What do you think - is it madness for a First Division team to open up against the in-form SPL leaders on the big Hampden pitch?

1429: Pat Nevin, the hardest working man in football punditry, joins Bolton manager Owen Coyle and Killie gaffer Kenny Shiels in the BBC Scotland television studio. That trio will provide some interesting chat.

1427: Today's game will be shown live on BBC One Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland is providing commentary but you don't need to budge from your computer because we will be streaming both on this very website. You'll need to refresh the page five minutes before kick off to see the match.

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SFA chief executive Stewart Regan on Twitter: "Looking forward to seeing Craig Sibbald play for Falkirk. First graduate of the Scottish FA performance school concept."

1422: Celtic boss Neil Lennon is suffering after a visit to the dentist, so coach Alan Thompson is stepping in for the pre-match interview. He tells BBC Radio Scotland listeners that Pawel Brozek is a similar player to Maciej (Magic) Zurawski (who was at Celtic Park from 2005-08).

Breaking news
1420: Breaking news for Celtic fans. Polish striker Pawel Brozek is on his way to Glasgow for a medical. The 28-year-old has agreed a loan move from Turkish club Trabzonspor, having been the subject of interest from Rangers.

1418: "People say we are lacking experience but sometimes experience is not positive. There are many experienced players that have done nothing but suffer defeat in semi-finals so their experience is negative," Falkirk boss Steven Pressley talking to BBC Radio Scotland.

1415: TEAM LINE-UPS FROM HAMPEN:
Celtic: Forster, Cha, Rogne, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Hooper, Stokes. Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Samaras, Ki, Commons.
Falkirk: McGovern, Duffie, Dods, Wallace, Scobbie, Murdoch, Fulton, Miller, Higgingbotham, Weatherston, Alagui. Subs: Bowman, Bennett, Alston, Sibbald White.

1413: Saturday's semi-final was a bit of a bore, with the First Division side sitting in and showing little attacking intent. The Honest Men were 11 minutes from a penalty shoot-out, so maybe it was the smart move but it didn't make for great entertainment.

1411: Kilmarnock await the winners after their 1-0 extra-time win over local rivals Ayr United yesterday.

1408: Some early team news for you; Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre starts at Hampden. Full line-ups to follow.

1407: "The players are fully focused on every game as it comes and we will approach this game like it was a Rangers or a European game." Celtic manager Neil Lennon speaking on Friday.

1405: No doubt about it, Celtic are huge favourites for this one, although manager Neil Lennon has been warning against complacency, recalling the painful memory of the Hoops' shock Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Ross County in 2010, when he was interim boss.

1402: Celtic are on a run of 13 consecutive domestic wins, while Falkirk's last two matches have been draws against Raith Rovers and Ayr United. No contest, surely? Hold on just a minute. The Bairns have eliminated cup holders Rangers and Dundee United on their way to Hampden, so it might not be so straightforward.

1400: Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Communities League Cup coverage. SPL leaders Celtic take on First Division Falkirk at Hampden for a place in the final.



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