HISTORY was made at Hampden Park as Celtic won their third Treble in a row in dramatic circumstances.

The champions were made to work all the way by a Hearts side which took the lead after half-time and gave everything they had in a cup final which, when it got going, was an entertaining affair..

Odssone Edouard was the hero. He equalised soon after Hearts’ goal, scored by Ryan Edwards with a penalty which will be debated. He then scored a produced a superb winner with eight minutes to go to seal a feat so remarkable that it was never a goal for this club, Rangers or any others at any stage of Scottish football.

Whether this is enough to keep Neil Lennon in the job we will find out over the next few weeks; however, if this was to be his final game as manager, he will walk away an even more iconic Celtic figure than before.

In truth, there was nothing between the two sides and in Aaron Hickey, at 16 years and 11 months, Hearts had the youngest starter in a Scottish Cup final in living memory. The left-back had a superb game.

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Hearts’ tactics at the start were hardly original - they flooded the midfield and got out quickly to Celtic’s wide man – but they were sensible. Too often in recent finals and semi-finals, Celtic have ben helped by an opponent slow to get themselves settled into the bigger matches.

That wasn’t the case here. The Hearts players got into the faces of Celtic players and a couple of crosses into the box, while defended, would have given Levein encouragement.

However, the first chance of the match fell to the Glasgow side on 21 minutes.

A sloppy pass by Hearts’ Arnaud Djoum went straight to Callum McGregor, he wasted no time in getting forward then advanced possession to Tom Rogic who had a number of options and opted to slide the ball to Edouard, he had timed his run into box well, and while the Frenchman did get off a shot, Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal read the situation, got out, and made a good save.

This got Celtic going. A bit. They began to put crosses into the Hearts area, all dealt with by either Christophe Berra and John Souttar, but while they enjoyed more possession, the men in Maroon were organised and coped with everything thrown at them.

It didn’t make for a great first-half. On the touchline, Lennon grew ever more frustrated as his team played pass after pass backwards. There would have been two very different half-time talks in the respective changing rooms.

And then, seven minutes into the second-half, it happened. Hearts scored.

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Hickey did really well to keep the head and possession in an attacking area, when under pressure he got a pass to Djoum who dummied a shot, sent in a low cross, the ball fell at the feet of Steven MacLean, for a moment it seemed it got stuck underneath him, but his backheel gave Edwards the chance to slide a shot past Scott Bain.

Cue bedlam. Was this really happening?

Hearts were in the lead and playing well, Celtic unsure of themselves and leggy.

Scott Brown dribbled his way into the box and crossed instead of shooting. Mikey Johnston used his pace to get onto a Forrest pass but, when inside the box, checked back and allowed Hearts to clear the sanger.

This feeling for those in Maroon lasted, in fact, three minutes.

A ball over the top landed inside the area, Edouard was favourite to get it but Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal had committed himself. The Celtic striker got the ball past the keeper who lead with his feet, wrongly, and conceded a penalty.

Now, it could be argued the Frenchman bought the decision, but Willie Collum was right. These days, it’s a pen.

Edouard put the ball on the spot, Hampden held its breath, and the striker sent his shot low into the bottom corner, Zlamal got his hand to it but that was 1-1.

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Rogic, who had contributed nothing, was replaced by Olivier Ntcham on 70 minutes, that was quickly followed by Scott Sinclair going on for Johnston. Levein then switched for Sean Clare for Craig Wighton.

The substitutions continued. With 13 minutes to go, Hearts cult hero Uche Ikpeazu replaced the excellent Steven MacLean. Could the giant frontman be the winner?

Actually, it was Edouard just when extra-time looked likely.

Hearts captain Berra had not put a foot wrong but he, and his fellow defenders were caught out by Mikael Lustig’s header into midfield, Edouard read the situation and times his run to perfection, and all of a sudden it was him and Zlamal with no other player around them.

And the £9million man showed superb composure to lift the ball over the keeper for a goal which will go in Celtic history.

Hearts had some half-chances but it wasn’t to be their day – even if they had nothing to be ashamed of.

As for Celtic, when are they going to be stopped?