Celtic were the better footballing team, says jubilant Scott Brown

Celtic's Scott Brown gives his boots to a fan after victory over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park
Celtic's Scott Brown gives his boots to a fan after victory over Rangers in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park

Scott Brown heralded a job well done as Celtic booked a Scottish League Cup final date with Dundee United, beating old rivals Rangers 2-0.

First-half goals from Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons were enough for the Bhoys, although it was a game which never really caught fire.

Much had been made of a first meeting between the two in almost three years, but in the end it turned into a routine Celtic victory.

“After the first half we’d done the job and then we just sat back, let them counter-attack,” Brown told BBC Scotland. “We knew they’d ping it in the box but they didn’t have a shot on target.”

Tempers flared slightly late in the game but other than that, the afternoon failed to ignite the way many had thought it would.

“We did what we had to do, we did our job,” Brown added.

“It was a great Rangers-Celtic game. We were the better team, the better footballing team.”

Speaking of his goal, Griffiths said: “I didn’t know it was in until I heard the fans. It was a great delivery and I was delighted.

“The manager wanted us to play at a high-tempo and we knew the first goal was important, and we got it.

“Rangers are a good team, but it was all about us today and we knew if we did the business we’d win the game.”

Of his long-range strike, Commons said: “It was the swerve and the pace that it went at... These are the games you want to be involved in.

“The build-up, the fans and what it means for us to get to the final.”