Celtic beat Dundee to keep treble hopes alive

Leigh Griffiths celebrates
Leigh Griffiths celebrates

Celtic booked their place in the last-four of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a comfortable 4-0 quarter-final replay victory over Dundee United at Parkhead as both sides ended with 10 men.

Ronny Deila’s side beat United 2-0 in their Scottish League Cup final at Hampden on Sunday and any thoughts of Tayside revenge all but ended in the 17th minute when Hoops defender Jason Denayer headed in a free-kick from Anthony Stokes.

In the third meeting between the clubs in 11 days - the fourth comes in the Scottish Premiership at Celtic Park on Sunday - Leigh Griffiths, Kris Commons and Virgil van Dijk added further goals.

In the last two clashes four players had been sent off - three from United - so there was no real surprise when, in the closing stages at 3-0, numbers were depleted.

Stokes was shown a straight red card for lashing out at Paul Paton before United defender Ryan McGowan was sent off for a bad tackle on Hoops’ late substitute Liam Henderson.

Celtic set up a semi-final meeting with Inverness at Hampden Park on the weekend of April 18th/ 19th.