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The 1990 Scottish Cup Final was the 105th final of the Scottish Cup, Scottish football's most prestigious knock-out association football competition. The match took place at Hampden Park on 12 May 1990 and was contested by Scottish Premier Division clubs Aberdeen and Celtic. It was Aberdeen's 13th and Celtic's 45th Scottish Cup Final. The clubs had previously met at the same stage of the tournament on five occasions. Celtic were the defending champions of the competition from the previous two seasons having defeated Rangers and Dundee United respectively.

1990 Scottish Cup Final
Event1989–90 Scottish Cup
(after extra time)
(Aberdeen won 9–8 on penalties)
Date12 May 1990
VenueHampden Park, Glasgow
RefereeGeorge Smith
Attendance60,493
1989
1991

As Scottish Premier Division clubs, Aberdeen and Celtic both entered the competition in the third round. Aberdeen won all of its four fixtures before the final on its first attempt whilst Celtic needed one replay to see off Premier Division club Dunfermline Athletic in the quarter-finals. Aberdeen knocked out Division One clubs Partick Thistle and Morton before defeating Premier Division clubs Heart of Midlothian and Dundee United before the final. Celtic also defeated two Division One clubs as well as Old Firm and Premier Division rivals Rangers in the fourth round.

The match was Celtic's 45th appearance in the final while it was Aberdeen's 13th. Both clubs had met in the final on five occasions beforehand in 1937, 1954, 1967, 1970 and 1984 with Celtic winning three over Aberdeen's two. Celtic had previously won the tournament 29 times whilst Aberdeen only six times, four coming in the previous nine seasons.

Aberdeen won the match 9–8 on penalties after a 0–0 draw over 90 minutes of normal play and 30 minutes of extra-time. With the shoot-out poised at 3-4 Celtic bound striker Charlie Nicholas was required to score to send the shoot-out to Sudden Death. After a further 8 consecutive successful penalty kicks Celtic's Anton Rogan missed the penultimate kick, allowing Brian Irvine to win the tie and claim Aberdeen's seventh Scottish Cup victory.[1][2]

Route to the finalEdit

Aberdeen Round Celtic
Home team Score Away team Aberdeen scorer(s) Home team Score Away team Celtic scorer(s)
Partick Thistle 2 – 6 Aberdeen Van der Ark      
Mason  
Grant  
Robertson  
Round Three[3] Forfar Athletic 1 – 2 Celtic Morris  
Dziekanowski  
Aberdeen 2 – 1 Greenock Morton Gillhaus  
Nicholas  
Round Four Celtic 1 – 0 Rangers Coyne  
Aberdeen 4 – 1 Hearts Bett   7'
McKimmie   71'
Irvine   75'
Nicholas   84'
Quarter-finals Dunfermline Athletic 0 – 0 Celtic None
Replay Celtic 3 – 0 Dunfermline Athletic McStay  
Coyne  
Miller  
Aberdeen 4 – 0 Dundee United Irvine  
Gillhaus   (o.g.)   (o.g.)
Semi-finals Celtic 2 – 0 Clydebank Walker    

Match detailsEdit

Aberdeen0–0 (a.e.t.)Celtic
Report
Penalties
Bett  
Connor  
Gillhaus  
Grant  
Nicholas  
McLeish  
McKimmie  
Robertson  
Watson  
Irvine  
9–8   Wdowczyk
  Grant
  McStay
  Coyne
  Galloway
  Miller
  Whyte
  Elliott
  Dziekanowski
  Rogan
Attendance: 60,493
Referee: George Smith
ABERDEEN:
GK   Theo Snelders
DF   Stewart McKimmie
DF   Alex McLeish
DF   Brian Irvine
DF   David Robertson
MF   Paul Mason   105'
MF   Brian Grant
MF   Jim Bett
FW   Bobby Connor
FW   Charlie Nicholas
FW   Hans Gillhaus
Substitutes:
DF   Graham Watson   105'
MF   Eoin Jess
Manager:
  Alex Smith
CELTIC:
GK   Pat Bonner
DF   Dariusz Wdowczyk
DF   Paul Elliott
DF   Derek Whyte
DF   Anton Rogan
MF   Billy Stark   90'
MF   Peter Grant
MF   Paul McStay
FW   Joe Miller
FW   Andy Walker   100'
FW   Dariusz Dziekanowski
Substitutes:
MF   Mike Galloway   90'
FW   Tommy Coyne   100'
Manager:
  Billy McNeill

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Traynor, James (14 May 1990). "Stagnant Celtic pay ultimate penalty. Snelders saves Rogan's kick and Irvine secures cup for Aberdeen". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ Don Morrison (13 May 1990). "Cheers and tears". Sunday Mail. The Celtic Wiki. Retrieved 27 October 2018 – via The Celtic Wiki.
  3. ^ Premier Division teams received a bye to the third round.