First trophy for Strachan and Keane
Celtic 3 Dunfermline 0: Celtic paid their own tribute to Jimmy Johnstone by lifting the CIS Insurance Cup with victory over Dunfermline at Hampden Park.
Celtic picked themselves up following the death of the man voted the greatest ever Celtic player to secure the first silverware of the season and hand manager Gordon Strachan and midfielder Roy Keane their first trophy at the club.
The result never looked in any doubt even before Maciej Zurawski had pounced on a collision between Allan McGregor and Aaron Labonte to become Scotland’s leading scorer this season with 17.
And man of the match Shaun Maloney scored a goal fitting of Johnstone before Dion Dublin hit his first Celtic goal late on.
The name of the Hoops legend was on the lips of every fan at the national stadium and a moving minute’s applause preceded the action.
Zurawski broke the deadlock in the 44th minute although it did have an element of good fortune above it. He played a one-two with Keane but McGregor came out to flip the ball against Labonte before colliding with his team-mate, to leave Zurawski alone to steer the ball over the line.
Keane’s afternoon came to a premature end on the hour after he pulled up holding his hamstring. Strachan replaced him with another former Manchester United man, Dublin, with Petrov reverting to a more comfortable midfield role.
Celtic’s semi-final hero Maloney stepped up to secure the cup by curling a right-foot free-kick into the bottom corner from 20 yards some 13 minutes before time.
Dublin then got in on the act by steering Telfer’s cross home to cap a memorable day for Celtic.