Celtic players mock Rangers with post-game comments after 2-0 win

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Celtic stars Scott Brown and Virgil van Dijk mocked Rangers' predictable game plan.

Celtic duo Virgil van Dijk and Scott Brown have taken shots at Rangers' display against them, quoted by The Scotsman describing the semi-final win as easy.

Playing the first match between the two sides in almost three years, Celtic emerged as 2-0 winners at Hampden Park, booking a place in the Scottish League Cup final.

Celtic had 12 shots at goal compared to just one from Rangers, whose only effort was not on target.

Centre back Virgil van Dijk did not pull any punches after the game, suggesting he felt the Rangers tactics did not test him as much as he had anticipated.

He said: “It was an easy game to be honest. You know at half-time they are going to throw things in the box with a big striker coming on but we dealt with it well.

“We had no chances against us. I thought about the game over the last few days a lot. I thought if they started with a tall striker they would try and hit him, but they started instead with Miller and I knew they would sit back and try to hit us on the break. It was quite predictable and we dealt with it, especially in the first half."

His perspective was backed by Celtic captain Scott Brown, who could not resist the chance to have a quick jab at Rangers expense, commenting on how straightforward the game was for goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

He said: "Rangers didn’t bother Craigy at all. He came out and caught a few crosses just because he was getting bored, to be perfectly honest. He’s gone through 90 minutes and not made a serious save. That tells you how much we dominated it."

Celtic's goals came from Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons, with more than 50,000 fans in attendance. They will play Dundee United in the final.

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