Celtic run through Rangers to keep treble dream alive and kicking

Charlie Nicholas

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"We were not worthy of getting anything from the game today".

On the basis of their vigorous display in their semi-final triumph over Aberdeen, Motherwell are likely to offer more resistance on May 19 than a Rangers team which manager Graeme Murty described as "passive".

And he chose to take Halliday off, sparking an angry reaction from the midfielder.

Thousands of Rangers fans streamed out of Hampden before the final whistle prompting a disconsolate Murty to say: 'I would apologise to them for the game.

"We just knew as soon as we turned up that we were going to win", he commented.

Asked about his appetite for staying on, he said: "I am not going to talk about my role, I think it would be churlish and selfish in the extreme to talk about my own situation in the rawness of that".

"Then in the second half, we gave them a penalty and a sending-off which makes their job far, far easier".

"We like coming here, it's a good pitch for us".

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"There are big games ahead of us and we have to get a response between now and the end of the season if we want to finish as we should".

'There was emotion, anger, disappointment - all the things you wpuld expect after a game like that.

"I'll speak to him during the week". It isn't just Celtic we have got to play.

'It's about putting all of them into positives to power you through to the end of the season. 'I don't think we got close enough to them.

With 12 minutes left to play, Rangers substitute Jason Holt felled Patrick Roberts in the box and Ntcham drilled the ensuing spot-kick into the bottom-left corner to put the gloss on a result that never looked in doubt from the moment Celtic took the lead. I would ask for their patience and to keep believing but it is no good to keep asking it.

"It has been brilliant the whole time I have been at the club".

"We wanted to get to the final but there's always pressure".

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