Extra-time efforts from Darren O'Dea and Aiden McGeady handed Celtic FC the Scottish League Cup after they had failed to find a way past Old Firm rivals Rangers FC in a tense and ultimately goalless opening 90 minutes.
With the two sides deadlocked following an hour and a half of action, defender O'Dea put Celtic on the road to victory at the start of extra-time with his first goal in just over two years. And after Rangers had centre-back Kirk Broadfoot sent off for fouling McGeady in added time, the Irish international settled matters from the spot. Celtic manager Gordon Strachan will now be hoping his team can go on to record another win over their Glasgow foes in the race for Premier League honours, which they currently lead by three points.
Neither team shone during regulation time with Celtic creating the first real danger after 25 minutes when Scott Brown shot narrowly over. Rangers had to wait even longer for their first genuine chance, a Kyle Lafferty volley that Bhoys goalkeeper Artur Boruc did superbly to save. The Polish international was less impressive shortly after the break, though, as he tried to take on Lafferty before just about managing to avert a goal.
At the other end, Allan McGregor kept out a Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick but Celtic came close to scoring again when Pedro Mendes had to clear off the line from Glenn Loovens. It was no surprise, then, when Strachan's men broke the deadlock almost immediately in extra time, O'Dea leaping to head in another Nakamura free-kick. With Rangers fading physically, McGeady put the outcome beyond doubt.
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