Hart the hero as Celtic win shootout to reach Scottish Cup final

Joe Hart was Celtic’s penalty hero as they beat Aberdeen in a frantic game at Hampden to reach the Scottish Cup final.

The Hoops goalkeeper denied Killian Phillips in the shootout after he had missed an earlier penalty to maintain Brendan Rodgers’ winning run at the national stadium.

It was a drama-filled game at Hampden Park as Nicholas Kuhn pulled Celtic level after Bojan Miovski’s opener for the Dons inside three minutes.

James Forrest came off the bench to show what he still has to offer at Celtic, curling in a low shot past Roos to send the Hoops fans wild.

But Aberdeen weren’t beaten and after Miovski and Junior Hoilett went close, Ester Sokler headed home at the back post as the full-time whistle approached.

Matt O’Riley rifled a shot into the roof of the net in extra-time before Angus MacDonald struck to take the game to penalties.

With sudden death approaching in the shootout, Hart reacted to ensure he will end his career with a Scottish Cup final against Rangers or Hearts on May 25.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Aberdeen’s next match is at home to Motherwell on April 27. Kick-off 3pm.

Celtic return to Scottish Premiership action on April 28 at Dundee, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 3pm.

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