Cameron Carter-Vickers expected to concede Aberdeen penalty as defender opens up on Celtic relief

Cameron Carter-Vickers admitted his relief after Celtic's Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen - as he felt he'd conceded a penalty before full-time.

The clash was an enthralling 120 plus minutes at Hampden as the Hoops twice surrendered a lead with the Dons roaring back from 2-0 down and then 3-2 behind to take the game to penalties. The moment of drama for Carter-Vickers came as the clock ticked down in extra-time as the American accepted that he DID foul Junior Hoilett inside the area to give away a spot-kick.

Luckily for CCV, referee Don Robertson spotted a foul by Hoilett on Alistair Johnston just before that incident and after it went to VAR, he was lucky.

Now the Celtic man has opened up on that wild few minutes where he was asked if he thought it was a pen. "Yes, I did, to be honest. It probably was a foul. We didn’t get given the (earlier) foul before but then we did. I thought it was given but then when it wasn’t I was happy. You obviously don’t want to concede late and then you’re thinking at that point it’s going to penalties. I was praying. The ref just said it was a foul against Alistair Johnston. And then I saw VAR was checking it. I said to him ‘If you’ve seen it on the pitch then just stick to your decision."

Joe Hart would go from sinner to saint in the semi by first missing his own penalty and then saving from Killian Phillips to make it through.

But there was little doubt from his teammates that he'd have a big say.

"We knew he was going to take one. We practise them in training and I’ve actually never seen him miss before. When he stepped up, I thought it would be a good fairy-tale for him, in his last season and hopefully scoring a winning penalty in the semi-final. It wasn’t meant to be but then he ends up saving the penalty which wins us the game, which is all good."