Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian 0-3 Celtic player ratings

How both sets of players rated in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Hibernian in the 2013 Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park.

Celtic huddle pre-match (v Aberdeen - 12th Sept 2015)
Winning route: Celtic beat Arbroath, Raith Rovers, St Mirren, Dundee United and then Hibernian in the final to lift the Scottish Cup (Picture from Sky Sports)

CELTIC recorded a first double under manager Neil Lennon after following up the SPL title with the Scottish Cup at a packed Hampden Park on Sunday.

Their 3-0 success over Hibernian provided the perfect way to end a successful season for the Hoops, who also reached the last 16 of the Champions League.

Gary Hooper’s brace and Joe Ledley’s strike sealed the deal to clinch a record 36th Scottish Cup win for the Glasgow side.

See how the Hibs and Celtic players fared on the day by reading the ratings below.

Hibernian:
(4-4-2)

1 Ben Williams (C) – 6.5/10  The goalkeeper took control of the captain’s armband for the first time on a proud day for him on a personal level. Getting married next week and cannot show off the medal at the wedding like he had dreamed but couldn’t be blamed for any of the goals. Made one or two vital stops too.

18 Alan Maybury – 6/10  A poor display from the versatile defender. Always looked vulnerable and susceptible, letting Commons and Stokes cut in from the left with relative ease. Should have cleared the ball better in the first instance and closed down Stokes quicker in the build-up to the first goal while his scraped clearance led to Ledley adding a third.

4 Paul Hanlon – 6/10  Was completely thrown off the scent by the movement and interchanging between Stokes and Hooper and didn’t really act as the more senior figure at the heart of the defence. Didn’t track the runs effectively enough and was stationed on the same spot for much of the game.

37 Jordon Forster – 7/10  The 19-year old was making just a fourth senior appearance at the heart of the defence in McPake’s absence. Didn’t really look out of place. Could have cleared his lines a bit quicker at times when under pressure but positioned himself well and distributed the ball efficiently.

3 Ryan McGivern – 6/10  The on-loan Manchester City full-back got forward well early on, creating the headed chance for Doyle but was suspect at the back. Culpable for the first goal in which he failed to tuck in to anticipate the back post run of Hooper. Struggled at times to stop Forrest, afforded him too much room.

33 Alex Harris – 6.5/10  A quiet game for the 18-year old, who failed to assert and impose himself on the encounter. Never really given the opportunity to run at Izaguirre and provide crosses. Didn’t get into advanced areas and was doubled up on when in possession. A promising talent, nevertheless.

20 Tom Taiwo – 7.5/10  A relatively assured afternoon in which he looked accomplished in possession and was probably Hibs’ best performer. Kept the ball spraying around in parts when Hibs were in control of it. Neat and tidy whilst covering a lot of ground.

8 Jorge Claros – 5/10  A very uncomfortable afternoon for the Honduran. Was being targeted by Celtic players for his temperament, which he sometimes failed to keep in check. Mistimed several tackles, couldn’t get to grips in possession and had a spat with Brown in which he received a yellow card.

38 Kevin Thomson – 6.5/10  Never really saw much of the midfielder down the left hand side. Tried to get into advanced positions but couldn’t find the killer pass to unlock the Celtic back-line. Looked out of position on the flank and uncertain. Kept in check by Mikael Lustig and later replaced.

9 Leigh Griffiths – 7/10  A farewell appearance in a Hibs jersey for the former Livingston striker who has cleaned up the Scotland player of the year prizes. Despite having an outstanding season, he didn’t really show up on cup final day, having a lesser impact with no clear-cut chances and didn’t look 100% fit.

10 Eoin Doyle – 6.5/10  Made his final outing in a Hibs shirt before leaving to join Chesterfield in the summer. Had the gilt-edged opportunity, their best of the entire game, inside six minutes to put Hibs infront but headed straight at Forster. Substituted in the second half.


Substitutes bench:
31 Murdoch (GK), 16 Stevenson, 28 Robertson, 24 Handling, 29 Caldwell. 


Subs used:

Handling (for Doyle, 71 mins) – 3.5/10  Was lively and sprightly with a couple of channel runs but couldn’t make anything purposeful happen for Hibs in the final third, something they lacked all afternoon.

Caldwell (for Thomson, 76 mins) – 2.5/10  The teenager entered the fray with the usual exuberance you see from him, always looking to make an impression and carry the fight with a couple of moments on the ball but was crowded out by Celtic players.

Stevenson (for Griffiths, 84 mins) – 1.5/10  Came on to try and stiffen up the left hand side with the outcome long since decided. Given a brief run out to take off the injured Griffiths and did a solid enough job in the minutes that remained.


Booked:  Claros (54′), Griffiths (58′)

Sent-off:  None 

 

Celtic:
(4-4-2)

1 Fraser Forster – 7/10  Not a great deal for the keeper to do on an afternoon in which he was a mere spectator. Called upon in the sixth minute to produce a fine reflex stop to thwart Eoin Doyle’s header. Otherwise, he wasn’t engaged. Completes his third campaign at Celtic with his lowest tally of clean sheets to date.

23 Mikael Lustig – 7.5/10  The Swede was a constant threat pushing forward, providing the low cross which led to Stokes creating the opener likewise supplying the delivery in the build-up to Ledley’s goal. Never tested defensively and had the freedom to bomb into the final third.

6 Kelvin Wilson – 8/10  A comfortable afternoon for the centre-back, who saw a lot of the ball as Doyle and Griffiths didn’t feel the need to press high up the pitch. Given all the time in the world to pick which ever pass he liked. Always an option to pass back too. Carried out his defensive duties when needed.

21 Charlie Mulgrew – 7.5/10  Will not have an easier game in a cup final. Just returned from injury but looked his bright and enthusiastic self. Didn’t get forward into the final third as much as he normally does but sometimes moved up into midfield to receive the ball. Defensively sound and worked well in tandon with Wilson.

3 Emilio Izaguirre – 7/10  Didn’t see a great deal of the left-back with Celtic opting to attack more down the right but still popped up in advanced positions. Similarly to Lustig, a license to venture forward at will, jockeyed Harris superbly and never let him get into the game.

49 James Forrest – 7.5/10  The winger had a positive attitude and was an unremitting source of danger from the flank. Came in-field at times and had a great understanding with Lustig. Provided some decent deliveries into the box. Looked fresh but sometimes tried to over-play. Substituted in the second half.

8 Scott Brown (C) – 8.5/10  A terrific match for the former Hibs midfielder. Always offered himself to his team-mates, never gave the ball away and played on the front-foot. One flare-up with Claros early in the second half which saw him receive a booking for his complaints and reaction to the Honduran’s tackle. Took his leave early to prepare to lift the trophy.

16 Joe Ledley – 8.5/10  The Welshman has enjoyed an impeccable campaign and today was no different. Got in on the act with a goal 11 minutes from time which summed up his intent to get into the box. Always intricate in his play, positive in his approach and broke up Hibs passing rhythm too.

15 Kris Commons – 7/10  One of those quieter games for the Scotsman but still had an effect with some incisive passes and surges into Hibs territory. A couple of shots over and wide but didn’t have his usual influence. Replaced by Samaras on 75 minutes.

10 Anthony Stokes – 9.5/10  A sensational display from the ex-Hibs striker. Repaid the faith Neil Lennon had in him to start ahead of Samaras. Provided two beautiful crosses for the two Hooper goals which were begging to be stuck away. Always on the move, running in between defenders and was a real danger. Great link-up play with Hooper. Man of the match performance.

88 Gary Hooper – 9/10  Two goals in a major cup final highlights why he is so pivotal to the Celtic cause. One fine finish from a tight angle and a well-steered header. Worked well with Stokes and ought to have had a hat-trick. Not been in the limelight much this term but still ends it with 31 goals – two more than last season.

Substitutes bench:
24 Zaluska (GK), 4 Ambrose, 18 Rogic, 20 McCourt, 9 Samaras.

Subs used:

Samaras (for Commons, 76 mins) – 2.5/10  Given a run-out by Neil Lennon after being left out of the starting line-up in preference to Anthony Stokes. Held up the ball well when he had to and played a part in Celtic’s attacking flow late on.

Ambrose (for Brown, 81 mins) – 2/10  Didn’t see a lot of the Nigerian as he came on for the final ten minutes in place of the skipper. Slotted into a central defensive midfield birth, kept possession ticking over and didn’t have a great deal to do.

McCourt (for Forrest, 88 mins) – 1.5/10  A brief cameo, his 70th appearance from the substitutes bench in Celtic colours, and final stint in a green and white shirt having announced his departure this summer. Took over the captain’s armband. One good run into the box which set up a chance for Hooper.

Booked:  Brown (55)

Sent-off:  None

Man of the Match:  Anthony Stokes (Celtic) – 9.5/10

Poorest Performer of the Match:  Jorge Claros (Hibernian) – 5/10

Read analysis of Celtic’s Scottish Cup triumph by clicking here.

5 thoughts on “Scottish Cup Final: Hibernian 0-3 Celtic player ratings”

    1. Indeed! Just copying over some of my old stuff from another site so it’s all in one place. Remember that game well – thanks for all the likes and shares and hope you’re well.

      1. Sure am well Adam hope ur fine to its a new beginning for Celtic with the arrival of Brendan so things have sparked to life and there’s a renewed faith about things hail hail bro hope u have a nice summer !

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