Anthony Stokes duly converted the spot kick as Hibs threatened an unlikely recovery but two goals from substitute Moussa Dembele, which added to an early Mikael Lustig double, were enough to see the job through, regardless of Oli Shaw's first ever goal for the Easter Road club. "One from the referee who is on his way back and then he is looking for help form the linesman who is facing it - how he gave the penalty I will never know". I looked at them and they were more exhausted than we were so that just proves that we kept the ball quite well. He made just two changes to his starting line-up, but paid tribute to the contribution of his substitutes, in particular Dembele, who channelled the frustration of his recent hamstring issues into two goals.
Griffiths is, of course, a fantastic goalscorer but you wonder whether Rodgers will play Dembele ahead of him next week's top-of-the-table clash with Aberdeen.
"I'm absolutely delighted, it's a brilliant result after the exertions and travel of midweek, to come and play against a Hibs team that, as we saw a few weeks back, can be a real threat".
"It was clear there was a bit of fatigue in our play but that was only natural", he said. "When you have that it affects the technique". When you win, it's all okay.
"You can't give a team of that calibre a head start".
"We've got to our third final in a year". At times Mika does a great job for me at centre half but his best position is right full back.
"I had a shot with my left foot as well".
If Laidlaw looked unconvincing at Lustig's first goal - and he did with a poor attempt to save - then the second was a disaster for the former Raith Rovers goalkeeper.
After the game Lennon said: "I didn't think there was anything in the game. Those little bits of extra quality that they have over us was the difference today".