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09 February 2020 16:58

Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown gave Celtic a commanding half-time lead.

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Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham both scored as Celtic beat Clyde in the Scottish Cup Celtic maintained their dreams of a fourth consecutive domestic treble as they strolled past League One Clyde and into the Scottish Cup last eight. Neil Lennon's side also exacted revenge for a shock cup defeat at Broadwood Stadium back in 2006, with their 12th away win in a row. Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown gave Celtic a commanding half-time lead. Vakoun Bayo added a third late on as the holders comfortably sealed their place in the quarter-final draw. Celtic exorcise Broadwood memories The Miracle at Broadwood of 2006 was never likely to be repeated and, despite the best efforts of a howling wind to disrupt the spectacle, Celtic produced a dominant, professional display without really hitting the heights they can.

Clyde started brightly in front of a packed crowd, with neither side threatening either goalkeeper in the initial stages. Gradually, Celtic began to stretch their hosts and the breakthrough arrived in style. Ntcham, whose goalscoring threat, passing range and strength were evident throughout the first half, gathered on the angle of the box, cut back and fired a crisp shot across Clyde goalkeeper David Mitchell into the far corner. A goal of great technique on his 24th birthday, it gave Celtic the platform they sought. Ryan Christie fizzed one from distance narrowly wide before a sensational move released Patryk Klimala through on goal. He looked certain to score on his first start but Mitchell raced from his line to produce a magnificent save. The crucial second arrived when Ntcham did well to force a corner. Klimala managed to flick it towards the front post where captain Brown outmuscled his opponent to poke home. Celtic camped in Clyde's half for much of the second period without breaching the opposition too often. Christie did clip the bar in the dying stages before Moritz Bauer found space and squared for substitute Bayo who slotted home. Credit to the hosts, they were far from embarrassed, put on a creditable show and almost nicked a late consolation through David Goodwillie, who perhaps ought to have squared for Ally Love to tap in. The game meant much more to Clyde than what happened on the pitch and they were not overrun as Lennon's squad took another step closer to retaining the trophy. CELTIC travel to Clyde as the two sides battle it out for a place in the Scottish Cup last eight. Neil Lennon's quadruple Treble chasers are seeking their 33rd straight cup win as they make the journey to Broadwood. The Bully Wee stunned the Hoops back in 2006 and will be hoping to create more history this afternoon as they bid to reach the quarter-finals. Celts arrive at the Scottish League One side in red-hot form having won all of their matches since returning from the Premiership winter break. TEAM NEWS Clyde XI: Mitchell, Howie, Livingstone, Lang, Rumsby, Grant, Cuddihy, McStay, Goodwillie, Rankin, Lamont Subs: McGee, McNiff, Johnston, Love, Wylde, Cunningham, Smith Celtic XI: Bain, Bauer, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli, Brown, Ntcham, Christie, Forrest, Elyounoussi, Klimala Subs: Forster, Taylor, Hayes, Soro, Shved, Bayo, Griffiths

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