2011 Scottish League Cup Final

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2011 Scottish League Cup Final
Event 2010–11 Scottish League Cup
Date 20 March 2011
Venue Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee Craig Thomson
Attendance 51,181

The 2011 Scottish League Cup Final was the final match of the 2010–11 Scottish League Cup, the 64th season of the Scottish League Cup. It was played by Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers. Rangers won the trophy after extra time 2–1.[1]

Route to the Final


Round Opposition Score
Third round Inverness CT 6–0
Quarter-final St Johnstone 3–2
Semi-final Aberdeen 4–1

As Celtic had been competing in Europe, they entered the competition in the third round. They began their campaign against Inverness Caledonian Thistle and they beat Caley 6–0, thanks to goals from Georgios Samaras (3), Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes (2).[2] Celtic then traveled to Perth, where they played St Johnstone. Two goals by Stokes and one from Niall McGinn gave The Bhoys a comfortable 3–0 lead, but the Saints later came back into the game after goals from Sam Parkin and Murray Davidson. Celtic finally won 3–2.[3] In the semi final, Celtic played Aberdeen, who had been beaten earlier in the season by Celtic 9–0 and 1–0. Celtic scored four goals in 34 minutes (Kris Commons, Charlie Mulgrew, Thomas Rogne and Anthony Stokes) and eventually won 4–1.[4]

This League Cup final was the 28th in Celtic's history. They have won 14 of them, the last in 2009, which means Celtic are the second-most successful team in the history of the tournament.


Round Opposition Score
Third round Dunfermline Athletic 7–2
Quarter-final Kilmarnock 2–0
Semi-final Motherwell 2–1

As Rangers also had been competing in Europe, they entered the competition in the third round. They began their campaign at home against First Division side Dunfermline Athletic and beat The Pars 7–2, thanks to goals from Nikica Jelavic (2) Kyle Lafferty (3), Madjid Bougherra and Steven Naismith.[5] In the next round Rangers travelled to Rugby Park, where they played Kilmarnock in an all-SPL cup tie. The Gers won 2–0 thanks to goals from Andrew Little and Naismith.[6] In the semi final, Rangers played Motherwell, who had been beaten earlier by Rangers twice in the league 4–1. Rangers scored first, but Maurice Edu's strike was cancelled out by a Keith Lasley second half goal. Rangers then scored again, thanks to Naismith's third goal in this season's competition and Walter Smith's men triumphed 2–1.[7]

This League Cup final was the 34th in Rangers' history. They have won 27 of them, which means Rangers are the most successful team in the history of the tournament.

Match details

20 March 2011
Celtic 1 – 2 (a.e.t.) Rangers
Ledley Goal 31' Report Davis Goal 24'
Jelavić Goal 98'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 51,181
Referee: Craig Thomson
GK 26 England Fraser Forster
RB 12 Scotland Mark Wilson Booked 95'
CB 25 Norway Thomas Rogne Substituted off 73'
CB 21 Scotland Charlie Mulgrew Booked 110'
LB 3 Honduras Emilio Izaguirre Red card 120+1'
RM 8 Scotland Scott Brown (c) Substituted off 65'
CM 16 Wales Joe Ledley
CM 33 Israel Beram Kayal Booked 66'
LM 15 Scotland Kris Commons Substituted off 103'
CF 9 Greece Georgios Samaras
CF 88 England Gary Hooper
GK 24 Poland Łukasz Załuska
DF 22 Netherlands Glenn Loovens Substituted in 73'
MF 18 South Korea Ki Sung-Yueng Substituted in 65'
MF 20 Northern Ireland Paddy McCourt Substituted in 103'
FW 10 Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes
Northern Ireland Neil Lennon
GK 25 Scotland Neil Alexander
RB 16 Scotland Steven Whittaker
CB 3 Scotland David Weir (c)
CB 24 Algeria Madjid Bougherra Substituted off 82'
LB 5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Saša Papac Booked 58'
RM 14 Scotland Steven Naismith
CM 7 United States Maurice Edu
CM 8 Northern Ireland Steven Davis
LM 39 Scotland Gregg Wylde
CF 11 Northern Ireland Kyle Lafferty Substituted off 90+3'
CF 18 Croatia Nikica Jelavić Booked 33' Substituted off 117'
GK 1 Scotland Allan McGregor
MF 20 Slovakia Vladimír Weiss Substituted in 90+3'
MF 41 Scotland Kyle Hutton Substituted in 82'
FW 15 Northern Ireland David Healy
FW 17 Senegal El Hadji Diouf Booked 118' Substituted in 117'
Scotland Walter Smith



  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


Statistic Celtic Rangers
Goals scored 1 2
Total shots 12 15
Shots on target 6 9
Ball possession 50% 50%
Corner kicks 6 9
Fouls committed 25 20
Yellow cards 3 3
Red cards 1 0

Media coverage

In the UK, the final was broadcast live on BBC One Scotland on their Sportscene programme with build-up starting at 14:30 GMT.

Commentary of the match on radio was from BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

In Ireland the 2011 Scottish League Cup Final was broadcast live on Setanta Ireland.


  1. "Celtic 1 Rangers 2". Daily Telegraph. 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2011-03-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Celtic 6-0 Inverness CT
  3. St Johnstone 2-3 Celtic
  4. Aberdeen 1-4 Celtic
  5. Rangers 7-2 Dunfermline
  6. Kilmarnock 0-2 Rangers
  7. Rangers 2-1 Motherwell