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Giorgos Giakoumakis in brace as Celtic secure Scottish Cup semi-final place against Rangers

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Giorgos Giakoumakis scored a brace in the second half as Celtic took their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup with a simple 3-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.

The visitors, who went 30 consecutive domestic games unbeaten, felt comfortable for much of the evening after Callum McGregor’s early opener, although they were significantly aided by a sloppy mistake. from United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist for their second goal.

The result means for the first time in Scotland’s history the oldest knockout tournament will be hosted by two major clubs from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

United manager Tam Courts made two changes to the team that drew with Hearts in their previous game when Scott McMann and Kevin McDonald left the field to make way for Kieron Freeman and Dylan Levitt.

Ange Postecoglou made four changes for the Celtic side, which won 3-1 at Livingston’s field in the Premier League last time out. Anthony Ralston, Tom Rogic, Nir Bitton and Jota have dropped out to be replaced by Josip Juranovic, Matt O’Riley, Reo Hatate and Giakoumakis.

The visitors were threatened after the third minute when Daizen Maeda’s left wing speculative effort nearly got the ball wide of the post.

Celtic made the breakthrough in the 12th minute when McGregor’s cross from outside the box deflected Nicky Clark on his way into the net. O’Riley made a short corner for James Forrest, who subsequently captured the Hoops captain.

United were forced to make a substitution in the 28th minute when Ian Harkes was injured and was replaced by McDonald.

Celtic looked lucky to keep 11 men on the field in the 31st minute when Hatate got off the hook after a rough tackle on Freeman.

The visitors thought they had doubled their lead five minutes later when Maeda delivered the ball from close range, but officials stopped the celebration because Giakoumakis kicked the ball from his own hand in a build-up when trying trying to control Juranovic’s pass from the right.

McGregor then shot from the edge of the box before Giakoumakis shot past the post from Forrest’s cross.

Celtic made their first substitution early in the second half when Rogic came on for Hatate.

The Parkheads increased their advantage in the 58th minute when United goalkeeper Siegrist howled when he missed Maeda’s harmless cross at the feet of Giakoumakis, whose job was to simply shoot the ball all the way across.

The Greek forward then scored Hoops’ third in the 88th minute after being set up by substitute Karamoko Dembele.

SCOTTISH Cup DRAWINGS

The draw for the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup took place in the Glasgow and Edinburgh derbies.

Celtic and Rangers were given their first hats off after Hoops won 3-0 over Dundee United at Tannadice. Hearts and Hibernian will also meet in the final four seasons.

It is the first time that the final four matches of the tournament have been drawn by two major clubs from both Glasgow and Edinburgh in the 148-year history of the tournament.

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