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Brendan Rodgers: ‘Trophies are brilliant but there’s a constant need to improve’

• Celtic manager focusing on future after securing second treble• ‘I need to push them even harder next season‘Celtic’s players were entitled to enjoy their weekend party on the basis there seems no chance of extended celebrations. No sooner had Celtic…

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Brendan Rodgers: ‘Trophies are brilliant but there’s a constant need to improve’

• Celtic manager focusing on future after securing second treble• ‘I need to push them even harder next season‘Celtic’s players were entitled to enjoy their weekend party on the basis there seems no chance of extended celebrations. No sooner had Celtic…

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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 march…

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Celtic v Motherwell: 2018 Scottish Cup final – live!

Updates from Hampden Park as Celtic seek double-TrebleSign up to The Fiver, our daily football emailAnd why not email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 2.15pm BST Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Rogic, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Dembel…

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Celtic v Motherwell: 2018 Scottish Cup final – live!

Updates from Hampden Park as Celtic seek double-TrebleSign up to The Fiver, our daily football emailAnd why not email Barry or tweet @bglendenning 2.15pm BST Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Ajer, Tierney, Brown, Rogic, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Dembel…

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Motherwell can draw on history in bid to deny Celtic a double treble | Ewan Murray

For all the Old Firm’s dominance, no Scottish side has ever won consecutive domestic trebles and Celtic must guard against tiredness and complacency in the Scottish Cup finalMotherwell would be wasting their time should they apply a conventional approa…

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Tom Rogic opens floodgates as Celtic rout Rangers in Scottish FA Cup

There was a period when Old Firm fixtures, treacherous in nature, proved the most meaningful when en route to success. How times have changed.Celtic’s bid to win a domestic treble for the second time in as many seasons remains alive, with this 4-0 vict…

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Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Cup semi-final – live!

Curtis Main fires Motherwell past Aberdeen and into finalFeel free to email Daniel your thoughts or tweet @DanielHarris 1.50pm BST This will be the 51st square go in the Scottish Cup between Celtic and Rangers. Celtic have won 24, Rangers 16 with ten d…

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Curtis Main fires Motherwell past Aberdeen and into Scottish Cup final

Curtis Main struck twice as Motherwell swept Aberdeen aside 3-0 at Hampden Park to reach their second cup final of the season.Main and Ryan Bowman scored within two minutes of each other midway through the first half of the Scottish Cup semi-final, bef…

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Moussa Dembélé shines in Celtic’s Scottish Cup defeat of Morton

Moussa Dembélé’s second-half double and a late strike from substitute Odsonne Edouard gave holders Celtic a 3-0 William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final win over Morton at Celtic Park.The well-organised Championship side proved stubborn and troublesome …

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Football League fixtures fall victim to snowy weather as freeze continues

Ipswich and Sheffield United make early postponementsSix League One games and most Scottish fixtures offTwelve of Saturday’s Football League fixtures have already been postponed as the freezing weather continues to bite. The non-league and Scottish pro…

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James Forrest scores hat-trick as Celtic edge Partick Thistle in Scottish Cup

James Forrest grabbed himself a hat-trick as Celtic overcame Partick 3-2 in their Scottish Cup fifth-round clash at Celtic Park.In a whirlwind start to the lunchtime encounter the Celtic winger scored twice in the opening 10 minutes before a mistake by…

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James Forrest sparks Celtic’s Scottish Cup romp against Brechin City

Holders Celtic eased into the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup with a 5-0 home win over struggling Brechin.The visitors arrived bottom of the Championship without a league win all season and hopes of a shock result at Parkhead disappeared a…

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Fraserburgh hoping Rangers cup tie can help repair town’s image problem | Jake Warren

The Highland League team are out to create positive headlines for a town better known for its heroin epidemic than footballFraserburgh, or the Broch as locals refer to it, is a small town in north Aberdeenshire with a population just shy of 13,000. It …

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Brendan Rodgers targets European progress after Celtic’s domestic treble

• Manager warns ’We’re 10 times behind budget-wise. You have to be realistic’
• Rodgers wants to be in European competition in second half of season

No sooner had Celtic completed their domestic treble by defeating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final than discussion moved towards what exactly Brendan Rodgers can do next. Celtic are believed to be keen on four players – a centre-back, midfielder, winger and striker – as they plan for the new campaign.

Rodgers, who has seen his career rejuvenated in Glasgow, presided over a Celtic team that did not lose a domestic game all season; Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Hampden, where Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner, proved their toughest test. Rodgers speaks routinely about continuing improvement, with European football surely the true barometer of that. As the dust settled on Saturday’s win, Celtic’s manager warned competing with the Champions League’s elite is still a formidable challenge.

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Celtic strike at the last to beat Aberdeen in Scottish Cup final and win treble

Brendan Rodgers and Celtic are history makers. When anyone claims winning trophies in Scotland is akin to defeating a hamster at chess, this Scottish Cup final should be used as the perfect counter-point. Not that it mattered as Celtic celebrations got underway; an indelible mark as been entered into Scottish football’s record books.

It took a titanic battle with Aberdeen for Celtic to complete a clean sweep of domestic trophies. This is unprecedented territory for Celtic, with Rodgers only the third manager in the club’s illustrious history to win a treble. It was, though, impossible not to feel sorry for Derek McInnes and Aberdeen, who contributed so much to this final before quality – and fitness – told.

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Celtic v Aberdeen: Scottish Cup final – live!

2.59pm BST

The Aberdeen fans have a huge red and white tifo reading ‘STAND FREE’. There is pyro. There is smoke. You can tell they’re up for this!

2.58pm BST

The teams are in the tunnel. Handshakes between the managers. Cracking atmosphere out there. Will Celtic do this? Can Aberdeen? Out they come …

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Brendan Rodgers praises Aberdeen manager as Celtic seek historic treble

• Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes tipped for Sunderland job
• Celtic out to complete unbeaten season with win in Scottish Cup final

As he stands on the verge of history, Brendan Rodgers has urged Sunderland to move for Derek McInnes, the key figure standing between Celtic and that unprecedented achievement.

Should Celtic see off Aberdeen in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, they would complete an unbeaten domestic season and trophy treble. Intriguingly, Rodgers used his pre-match media duties to speak effusively of McInnes, the Aberdeen manager who features on the list of candidates to replace David Moyes at the Stadium of Light. A historic connection to the Sunderland chief executive, Martin Bain, is pertinent with regards to McInnes, as is a relatively paltry compensation payment in the region of £500,000.

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Brendan Rodgers praises Aberdeen manager as Celtic seek historic treble

• Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes tipped for Sunderland job
• Celtic out to complete unbeaten season with win in Scottish Cup final

As he stands on the verge of history, Brendan Rodgers has urged Sunderland to move for Derek McInnes, the key figure standing between Celtic and that unprecedented achievement.

Should Celtic see off Aberdeen in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, they would complete an unbeaten domestic season and trophy treble. Intriguingly, Rodgers used his pre-match media duties to speak effusively of McInnes, the Aberdeen manager who features on the list of candidates to replace David Moyes at the Stadium of Light. A historic connection to the Sunderland chief executive, Martin Bain, is pertinent with regards to McInnes, as is a relatively paltry compensation payment in the region of £500,000.

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FA Cup, Scottish Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points

Christian Benteke returns to haunt Liverpool, Wayne Rooney is up for the Manchester derby while Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers has a problem for next season

This is the first time Pep Guardiola has failed to win a trophy in any of his eight seasons as a manager and, however it is dressed up, that amounts to a crashing disappointing bearing in mind the level of expectation at Manchester City and their near-obsession with appointing him. A reasonable argument could be made that Guardiola would be facing the sack were it not for his record of 21 trophies in seven years at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and it will be intriguing to see what the club’s chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, makes of it in his usual end-of-season review. Mubarak described Manuel Pellegrini’s final season at the club, when City won the Capital One Cup, finished fourth in the Premier League and reached the semi‑finals of the Champions League, as the bare minimum. Guardiola’s team have accumulated more league points than the 32-game mark last season, 64 to 57, but they have regressed in every other way. “Next season we will be stronger,” Guardiola said. He had better be right because the people in charge in Abu Dhabi will not tolerate a repeat. Daniel Taylor

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