Aussie Tom Rogic scored an incredible stoppage time goal to seal victory for Celtic against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final. Rogic played a major role throughout the match, creating a number of chances after coming on as a substitute in the 27th minute for an injured Kieran Tierney.
Aberdeen opened the scoring in the 9th minute courtesy of a magnificent half volley from Jonny Hayes. However, celebrations were short lived as Celtic answered back just two minutes later with Stuart Armstrong scoring from outside the box to level the scores at 1-1.
Both sides had a number of chances to take the lead but were unable to capitalise. Aberdeen’s best opportunity came when goal scorer Hayes dispossessed McGregor in Celtics back half before putting an easy pass behind teammate McKinley in the box and subsequently letting Celtic off the hook.
Aberdeen would go on to rue the missed opportunity as Celtic went on to dominate the second half. An abundance of missed chances for Celtic followed with no reward for effort in the dominance.
The fourth official signalled for three minutes of stoppage time and with both sides unable to break the deadlock with only one minute left it looked as if extra time would have to decide the outcome.
Socceroo star Tom Rogic had other plans, dribbling past two defenders before slotting the ball past the goalkeeper and sending Celtic fans into a frenzy.
Aberdeen had one last chance to equalise but was unable to put the ball in the back of the net. The final whistle blew and Hampden Park erupted as Celtic defeated Aberdeen 2-1 and claimed the Scottish Cup Title.
Celtic were crowned champions for the 37th time in their history and securing an unbeaten treble after winning the Scottish League Title and the Scottish League Cup without dropping a game. The treble would be Celtics fourth after completing the difficult feat in their 1966–67, 1968–69, 2000–01 seasons.
Rogic didn’t get much first team action in the two seasons after moving back from a loan spell at Melbourne Victory in the 2013-14 season. However, Rogic has made a substantial impact at Celtic this season following up a breakout year last season. He is continuing to rise and gain attention from some big European clubs. While it is most likely that he will stay at Celtic for the time being, Rogic definitely has a bright future ahead in both international and club football.