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Watch: Scott Sinclair Dive Puts Celtic Out Of Reach In Betfred Cup Final

Watch: Scott Sinclair Dive Puts Celtic Out Of Reach In Betfred Cup Final

James Forest absolutely loves a big goal, but once again the referee is the main talking point in a Scottish cup final at Hampden Park.

Celtic took on Motherwell in the Betfred Cup Final on Sunday evening, and despite being heavy favourites they had to endure a tough opening 45 minutes as Stephen Robinson's side were set up well and looked capable of coping with anything that was thrown at them.

But that was not to last. Clearly Brendan Rodgers voiced his displeasure with his side's sloppy play in the first half as the deadlock was broken within five minutes of the restart.

James Forest, who has looked a much-improved player since Patrick Roberts' injury, continued his knack for popping up with big goals as he delivered the breakthrough after cutting in from the right-wing.

A lovely finish, you could sense the relief from the Celtic fans as the longer the wait went on for that goal the more uncomfortable things were getting.

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And sure enough, it wasn't long before it was 2-0. With Motherwell forced to come out and have a go, a penalty was conceded as Scott Sinclair got in behind, although the replays showed it was a blatant dive and the penalty decision - and subsequent sending off - were extremely harsh, and the wrong decision.

At 2-0, and against 10 men, the game was ended as a contest. Terry Butcher and Chris Sutton on the BT Sport commentary were in no doubt that it was a dive.

Another title for Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, and the first of what the club will be hoping turns out to be an historic back-to-back domestic treble.

That said, Craig Thomson will once again be the main talking point after a cup final at Hampden.

Mikey Traynor

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