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Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell

The conclusion to a second season at Celtic for Brendan Rodgers delivered the manager’s finest moment. If Rodgers wasn’t revered by Celtic’s followers before, he will be now. This now famous Celtic side, under the guidance of the 45-year-old, has marched into the history books; again and with consummate ease.

Jock Stein couldn’t return successive domestic trebles when in charge of Celtic. Neither could Martin O’Neill. No side in Scottish football history had achieved back-to-back clean sweeps until this sunny afternoon on Glasgow’s south side, when Motherwell were left chasing shadows. Sometimes football really is blissfully simple; this encounter perfectly encapsulated what should happen when a dominant force meets the side who finished seventh in the top flight. Any sense that Celtic’s support are growing bored by their monopoly was undermined by the scale – and sound – of their celebrations here.

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