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The 2009 Scottish League Cup Final was the final match of the 2008–09 Scottish League Cup, the 62nd season of the Scottish League Cup. The match was played at Hampden Parkmarker, Glasgowmarker on 15 March 2009, and was won by Celtic, who beat Old Firm rivals and Cup holders, Rangers, 2-0 after extra time.

Both teams had to play just three matches to reach the final due to the fact that teams competing in Europe received a bye into the Third Round. In the semi-finals, Celtic beat Dundee United 11–10 on penalties after the match ended 0–0 following extra time. Rangers beat Falkirk 3–0 in their Semi-final

Route to the Final


! width=80|Round
! width=160|Opposition
! width=80|Score
| Third Round
| Livingston (h)
| align=center|4–0
| Quarter-final
| Kilmarnock (a)
| align=center|1–3
| Semi-final
| Dundee United (n)
| align=center|0–0 (a.e.t.)
(11–10 pen.)

Celtic faced First Division Livingston at Celtic Parkmarker in their first match, a comfortable 4–0 victory was secured with goals from Glenn Loovens, Georgios Samaras and Scott Brown. Loovens headed into the net from a cross by Paul Caddis, Samaras added the second with a header from Loovens cross shortly after the hour. Brown added the third with a lob before Samaras got his second from the penalty spot, after Dave MacKay fouled Shaun Maloney in the penalty area. Celtic then travelled to Rugby Parkmarker to play Kilmarnock, Scott McDonald scored the opener after 10 minutes with a header, the matches first effort on goal from either side, Shunsuke Nakamura scored the second with a free-kick. Aiden McGeady ended the scoring from a Scott Brown pass, just 3 minutes after Danny Invincibile had given Kilmarnock a chance. The previous season's losing finalists Dundee United were Celtic's opponents in the Semi-final at Hampden, The match ended goalless after extra time and so was decided by a penalty shootout. An astonishing climax ensued with all 10 penalties being scored before going to sudden death. Lee Wilkie; who had missed the penalty in the previous season's final which allowed Rangers to win the cup, missed United's ninth penalty, Glenn Loovens therefore had a chance to win the match but could not score either. Another two penalties scored and it was goalkeeper time, Łukasz Załuska who would join Celtic the following season scored his and Artur Boruc did likewise, It was back to the first taker Willo Flood, who would join Celtic shortly after this match, could not convert and this time Celtic did take their chance to go through with Scott McDonald scoring the winning penalty.


! width=80|Round
! width=160|Opposition
! width=80|Score
| Third Round
| Partick Thistle (a)
| align=center|1–2 (a.e.t.)
| Quarter-final
| Hamilton Academical (h)
| align=center|2–0
| Semi-final
| Falkirk (n)
| align=center|3–0

As both Rangers and Celtic had been competing in Europe, they entered the competition in the third round. Rangers began their campaign against fellow Glasgow team Partick Thistle from the First Division, it was the third meeting between the two teams in two seasons, Partick had taken Rangers to a replay following a 1–1 draw at Ibroxmarker in the 2007–08 Scottish Cup quarter-finals, a competition which Rangers went on to win. Kris Boyd opened the scoring with a stunning volley, the lead lasted only 8 minutes, with Stephen McKeown equalising for Thistle, Pedro Mendes scored the winner deep into Extra time following a goalless second half. Hamilton Academical were beaten 2–0 at Ibrox in the Quarter-final, Jean-Claude Darcheville found Kris Boyd who fired past goalkeeper Tomáš Černý after 25 minutes, Kyle Lafferty added the second from a Steven Davis cross. Falkirk were the next opponents, 2 goals from Nacho Novo and 1 from Kris Boyd ensured a 3–0 victory at Hampden Parkmarker. After eight minutes Madjid Bougherra flicked on Pedro Mendes' corner allowing Novo to finish from close range at the back post, goalkeeper Dani Mallo was beaten again five minutes from half-time, Steven Davis passed to Novo who shot low into the corner of the net, Kris Boyd added the third on 8 minutes after a mistake by the goalkeeper.


Team news

Celtic defender Mark Wilson returned to the squad and was named on the bench but Barry Robson missed out through injury. Strachan started Gary Caldwell in midfield alongside Paul Hartley to replace Robson. Also missing through injury for Celtic were Lee Naylor, Shaun Maloney, Paddy McCourt, Koki Mizuno and Willo Flood who was ineligible, having played for Dundee United in the semi-final.

A big miss for Rangers was influential defender Madjid Bougherra with a calf injury so manager Walter Smith chose to partner Kirk Broadfoot at the back alongside David Weir. The only other absentee was Kevin Thomson who was ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

Celtic's Glenn Loovens and Rangers' Pedro Mendes were lining up against each other having also done so in the previous season's English FA Cup Final. On that occasion, Loovens was playing for Cardiff City and Mendes for winners, Portsmouthmarker.

Match Summary

After a goalless 90 minutes, it went to extra time and Darren O'Dea headed Celtic 1-0 in front within 2 minutes of extra time. In the last minute of extra time, Kirk Broadfoot was sent off for a foul on Aiden McGeady to give Celtic a penalty, which McGeady scored to confirm the win.

Match details

GK 1 Artur Boruc
RB 2 Andreas Hinkel
CB 22 Glenn Loovens
CB 4 Stephen McManus (c)
LB 48 Darren O'Dea
RM 25 Shunsuke Nakamura
CM 5 Gary Caldwell
CM 8 Scott Brown
LM 11 Paul Hartley
SS 46 Aiden McGeady
CF 7 Scott McDonald
GK 21 Mark Brown
DF 12 Mark Wilson
MF 17 Marc Crosas
FW 9 Georgios Samaras
FW 10 Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
Gordon Strachan
GK 1 Allan McGregor
RB 28 Steven Whittaker
CB 21 Kirk Broadfoot
CB 3 David Weir
LB 5 Saša Papac
DM 12 Lee McCulloch
RM 35 Steven Davis
CM 6 Barry Ferguson (c)
CM 4 Pedro Mendes
LM 27 Kyle Lafferty
CF 18 Kenny Miller
GK 25 Neil Alexander
MF 23 Christian Dailly
MF 2 Maurice Edu
FW 9 Kris Boyd
FW 10 Nacho Novo
Walter Smith
  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


Statistic Celtic Rangers
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 21 15
Shots on target 10 6
Ball possession 53% 47%
Corner kicks 8 2
Fouls committed 8 27
Offsides 3 10
Yellow cards 4 3
Red cards 0 1

Media coverage

In the UKmarker the 2009 Scottish League Cup Final was broadcast live on BBC One Scotland on their Sportscene programme, at 1430 GMT. A higlights package was also broadcast late on 15 March 2009 on BBC One Scotland also on Sportscene.Coverage of the match on radio was from BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and BBC Radio 5 Live.


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