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No repeat of 2006 shock as Bhoys walk through the storm

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Celtic's Oliver Ntcham celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic's Oliver Ntcham celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

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Celtic's Oliver Ntcham celebrates scoring his side's first goal. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Blow as furiously as she might, Storm Ciara could not dislodge Celtic from the defence of the Scottish Cup against Clyde at Broadwood, the scene of the Hoops' defeat in 2006, when Neil Lennon was captain and Roy Keane made his debut.

Despite the disruptive weather, there was no chance of a repeat by the third-tier club, who were seen off by first-half goals from Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown plus a late contribution from Vakoun Bayo.

To stand by the pitch an hour before the game invited wonder that any kind of cohesive play could be accomplished in such conditions. Hoardings had to be removed because of the risk that they would become missiles and the circular cloth bearing the tournament sponsors' name, which should have covered the centre circle, was only just prevented from flying out of the ground.

The wind of change was evident in Celtic's line-up, which showed six alterations to the team that won comfortably at Fir Park during the week.

Scott Bain was in goal, the full-back positions were filled by Moritz Bauer and Boli Bolingoli, while Mohamed Elyounoussi and Ryan Christie came into midfield and Patryk Klimala got his first start as striker, albeit in a jersey that misspelt his name as Kilmala.

The Polish forward's full introduction to Scottish football was certainly singular and, as he tried to adjust to a fierce gale lashing rain into his face as he came to terms with the plastic pitch, Klimala was clattered by Scott Rumsby, who avoided a caution.

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Clydes Tom Lang (right) and Celtics Marian Shved battle for the ball. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Clydes Tom Lang (right) and Celtics Marian Shved battle for the ball. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

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The newcomer was to be treated to another over-robust challenge, this time by John Rankin but, by then, the holders were ahead.

Celtic's first good opening was created by Bauer with a cutback for Elyounoussi to test David Mitchell, but the goalkeeper saved.

He could not intervene to the same effect in the 16th minute, when Ntcham gathered just inside the penalty area and struck a low, curling effort between Mitchell and his far post.

The hosts were not being outfought but the difference in class was evident. They conceded a second goal five minutes before the break when Brown, upfield for a corner, managed to hook the ball across the line from close range.

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Celtic's Scott Brown (centre) scores his side's second goal of the game. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic's Scott Brown (centre) scores his side's second goal of the game. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

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The tie was now effectively beyond Danny Lennon's players but they strove diligently to make an impact and, although they survived a Christie shot that came off the bar, it was hard on the home side to concede a third goal in the dying seconds when Bayo tapped home a simple effort.

In the quarter-final, Celtic will play St Johnstone away on Sunday, March 1.

Irish Independent