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Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Rangers 0-0 Celitc

    Celtic get forward for the first time but their momentum is broken when Borna Barisic stops Jeremie Frimpong in his tracks with a wonderful slide tackle.

  2. Post update

    Rangers 0-0 Celitc

    It’s all Rangers right now as Borna Barisic swings in a cross from the left. Scott Arfield gets to it first but the header lacks conviction.

  3. Post update

    Rangers 0-0 Celtic

    Pat Bonner

    Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

    Quote Message: Exactly the start Steven Gerrard would have wanted. Getting high up the pitch, pressing Celtic.

    Exactly the start Steven Gerrard would have wanted. Getting high up the pitch, pressing Celtic.

  4. Post update

    Rangers 0-0 Celitc

    Connor Goldson again. The Rangers defender is picked out by a James Tavernier free kick but the header is way off target.

    Good pressure from Steven Gerrard’s side.

  5. Post update

    Rangers 0-0 Celtic

    Billy Dodds

    Former Scotland striker on Sportsound

    Quote Message: That was some chance for Connor Goldson because he gets above Kristoffer Ajer.

    That was some chance for Connor Goldson because he gets above Kristoffer Ajer.

  6. Post update

    Rangers 0-0 Celitc

    Corner to Rangers. Filip Helander gets his head on James Tavernier’s delivery but the ball shoots high up into the sky before Fraser Forster punches clear.

    A second corner. This time Connor Goldson attacks it and sends his header high and wide.

  7. KICK-OFF

    Rangers 0-0 Celitc

  8. Hampden roars

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    The teams are out. It’s noisy at the national stadium. Very, very noisy.

    There are a few smoke bombs going off too, making it look like a heavy fog has descended.

  9. Five minutes until kick-off

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    Former Old Firm strikers Ally McCoist and Chris Sutton take turns at showing off the cup to both sets of fans at a rainy Hampden but are largely ignored.

    Not long to go now…

  10. comments

    Get Involved – Where are you watching the final?

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    Shep:I’m watching in Aberdeen Uni Library while revising…

  11. Gerrard coy on new contract talk

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    Asked by BT Sport if reports he had signed a new contract at Rangers were true,Steven Gerrardsaid: “It’s not important right now. All our
    attention is on the next 90 minutes and beyond. I’ll speak to you on that if and when needed.”

    You can make your own mind up on that one…

  12. ‘Important to nullify Celtic threat’ – Gerrard

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    Rangers manager Steven Gerrardtells BT Sport midfielder Steven Davis “had no chance”.

    “He’s got a calf problem and will probably miss two or three games,” he explains. “Barisic has pulled through, he’s in great form so that one was a no-brainer.”

    On the match, Gerrard says: “You’ve got to defend well. Celtic have got good players, especially their front four who have got good movement. It’s important we try and nullify their threats.

    “And when the game presents itself for us to go and show how good we are from an attacking point of view we need to go and execute. We’ve got good players as well. It’s important we play the game rather than the occasion. We need to get the best Rangers today.”

    Steven Gerrard and Neil Lennon with the trophy

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    Image caption: Steven Gerrard and Neil Lennon with the trophy
  13. Edouard ‘wasn’t comfortable enough to start’

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    Celtic manager Neil Lennontells BBC Scotland: “We’ve been going with Lewis Morgan for the past three games, it’s not going to change that much. Odsonne Edouard said yesterday he didn’t feel comfortable enough to start, but he can hopefully make an impact later in the game.

    “If we turn up and play we’ve got a chance. The wet pitch may suit us.Sometimes the quicker the pitch the better we play.”

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon inspects the Hampden pitch

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    Image caption: Celtic manager Neil Lennon inspects the Hampden pitch
  14. comments

    Get Involved – Where are you watching the final?

    Tweet us @bbcsportscot

    J-R Bergevin-Marion:Montréal, Québec.

  15. ‘Hopefully, weather doesn’t impact game’

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    Former Rangers defender Alan Huttontells BBC Scotland: “The weather is shocking, I just hope it doesn’t impact the game.

    “It’s such a big occasion, probably more so for Rangers. It’s a massive game, hopefully they can do it.

    “Obviously, Celtic have been used to winning, they’ve been dominant the past few years.”

    Alan Hutton

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    Image caption: It’s not short-sleeve weather for spectator Alan Hutton today
  16. Rangers looking for 28th League Cup

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    Rangers have won the League Cup more times than any other team, lifting the trophy on 27 occasions.

    They won the first final way back in the 1946-47 season with a 4-0 win over Aberdeen.

    But Rangers fans haven’t seen their team lift the cup since 2010-11 when they were 2-1 extra-time winners against Celtic.

    The competition was 10 years old before Celtic made their first final, beating Partick Thistle in a replay, and they have won it 18 times in total – including the last three.

    Gordon Smith (no10) is mobbed by Rangers teammates Sandy Jardine and Derek Johnstone after grabbing the winner in the 1978 final against Celtic

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    Image caption: Gordon Smith (no10) is mobbed by Rangers teammates Sandy Jardine and Derek Johnstone after grabbing the winner in the 1978 final against Celtic
  17. Can Celtic cup run keep going?

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    Celtic’s recent cup record is just incredible. As they chase a fourth League Cup in a row and a 10th successive trophy, their run in domestic knockout competitions stands at 30 consecutive victories.

    Yes, 30! With an aggregate score of 95-11.

    They are unbeaten since a
    Scottish Cup semi-final penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Rangers in April 2016 under the command of Ronny Deila.

  18. Cheering on the coefficient

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    To keep the neck and neck rivalry going, both sides are proudly flying the flag for Scotland in the Europa League.

    With victories home and away against Lazio, unbeaten Celtic are already through to the knockout phase as group winners.

    Rangers will join them in the round of 32 if they avoid defeat against Young Boys at Ibrox on Thursday.

    It all means Scotland are currently soaring in 15th place in the Uefa coefficient standings and heading for an extra Champions League spot in 2021-22.

    Olivier Ntcham celebrates a dramatic late winner against Lazio in Rome

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    Image caption: Olivier Ntcham celebrates a dramatic late winner against Lazio in Rome
  19. Tight at the top

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    This
    season’s Scottish Premiership title race looks like being a real humdinger.

    Celtic opened a two-point lead over Rangers on Wednesday after
    several weeks of the sides being split only by goal difference.

    Both sides have lost just once – Rangers to Celtic, whose sole slip up was at Livingston.

    Will it remain nip and tuck all the way to May?

  20. Jack v Christie

    Rangers v Celtic (15:00)

    Scotland team-mates Ryan Jack and Ryan Christie are in red hot form for their clubs right now.

    Who will come out on top in that midfield battle?

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    Video caption: Watch: Jack v Christie – League Cup final midfield battle