Celtic Cruise Past Motherwell; Rangers Labour to Win Against Dundee United

Last Updated: October 20, 2022, 14:16 IST

Celtic will face Kilmarnock in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup after the holders thrashed Motherwell 4-0 in the last eight on Wednesday.

Rangers were less impressive in seeing off Championship side Dundee 1-0 at Ibrox but did enough to book a last-four clash with Aberdeen, who beat Partick Thistle 4-1.

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Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou again rotated his squad with five changes and it paid dividends.

James Forrest, who had scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 6-1 win over Hibernian, was one of those to drop out and his replacement Liel Abada struck twice.

The Israel international opened the floodgates just before half-time by tapping home Greg Taylor’s cross.

Abada then coolly slotted into the corner on the volley before Reo Hatate’s quick feet made it 3-0.

Kyogo Furuhashi rounded off the scoring on the rebound after Abada was denied a hat-trick by inches when he hit the post.

“It’s not a matter of me just giving guys a game because I feel sorry for them,” said Postecoglou.

“I’m putting guys in there because I think we can maintain those levels and keep guys fresh for when we need them because they need a lot of energy to play our kind of football.

“The guys have embraced that. They are taking their opportunities every time they play to make an impact.”

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