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Sunday was fiesta day in the east end of Glasgow, despite the absence of the beatific sunshine that bathed Hampden Park on Saturday, when Scott Brown captained Celtic to the unprecedented feat of a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours. Immediately after the 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final, the captain and his team-mates returned to Parkhead on an open-top bus to bask in the adulation of their support. Scarcely had the streets cleared than the throngs reassembled to salute Brown in his testimonial match against the Republic of Ireland. The Irish, of course, were under the supervision of Martin O’Neill, whose presence was timely on the eve of the 15th anniversary of Celtic’s Uefa Cup final in Seville. On that sweltering Spanish night Henrik Larsson scored twice and, to the rapture of the home crowd, the Swede appeared for yesterday’s warm-up with Brown and the other Celtic players. Henrik Larsson played in Brown's testimonial Credit: ACTION PLUS In 2003, Larsson’s contribution was ultimately insufficient to overcome Jose Mourinho’s Porto side, who went on to win the Champions League the following season. Thwarted they may have been, 15 years ago, but the presence of O’Neill and Larsson evoked potent memories of an era and targets that look out of reach for this Celtic generation. European football has changed beyond recognition as it proceeds, seemingly inexorably, towards a league of billionaire clubs. Against the background of such a trend, Celtic’s acquisition of a double treble of domestic prizes can be disdained by outsiders as irredeemably parochial. The response of the Celtic faithful, however, must be set within a tradition of lustrous achievements, the greatest of which was the 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon. The exodus in 2003 from Glasgow to Spain of an estimated 80,000 fans – only half of whom had tickets for the final – testified to a craving for the restoration of European status and was nourished on the road to Seville by victories over the likes of Blackburn (then a power in England), Liverpool and Vfb Stuttgart. The scale of the migration – like that of Rangers to Manchester for the 2008 final – is indicative of a seam of passion devalued by the self-regard of the continental powers. Similar devotion was in evidence for Brown’s celebratory match, which drew a crowd of 55,000. The size of the attendance gratified the captain, whose accumulation of club honours now totals eight league titles, four Scottish Cup medals and four Scottish League Cup successes, which makes him the most decorated Hoops captain after Billy McNeill. The considerable crowd also provided significant donations to a clutch of Brown’s favoured charities, as well as support for the family of the former Celtic and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller, who died of pancreatic cancer in February at the age of 36. The teams then played out a decorous friendly which finished 2-2. After the revels, O’Neill, the previous Celtic manager to win the Scottish treble, assessed the quality of his successor’s feat. “It’s extremely difficult to do what Celtic have done. Even the great Jock Stein had difficulty with it,” he said. “To do it twice on the trot is excellent. They have deserved it and played some really decent football. The next step now is to try to achieve success in Europe and it would be nice – imagine me saying this – if Rangers could get stronger.” Credit: ACTION PLUS That might be on the cards. A good, strong Rangers is good for the league and, actually, it will benefit Celtic. “Celtic don’t rest on their laurels in Scotland but, if the competition gets stronger, they will rise to it,” said O’Neill. “Steven Gerrard was a brilliant player and that doesn’t always materialise into being a brilliant manager, but he has all the attributes and he wants to have a go. And why not?” Mention of Seville triggered powerful recollections for O’Neill. “Henrik Larsson played his best ever game for Celtic and to lose it in extra-time… well, disappointing wouldn’t describe it,” he said. “But it’s still spoken about and just getting there was great. “We went down to Blackburn and it very much was men against boys at Ewood Park. To then beat Liverpool at Anfield was fantastic. We shouldn’t forget those games on that journey – and that hot evening in Seville will live with me forever.” As it thrives in the memories of the Celtic support who, for all their team’s domestic hegemony, yearn for Rodgers to transplant some part of it to foreign fields.
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Sunday was fiesta day in the east end of Glasgow, despite the absence of the beatific sunshine that bathed Hampden Park on Saturday, when Scott Brown captained Celtic to the unprecedented feat of a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours. Immediately after the 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final, the captain and his team-mates returned to Parkhead on an open-top bus to bask in the adulation of their support. Scarcely had the streets cleared than the throngs reassembled to salute Brown in his testimonial match against the Republic of Ireland. The Irish, of course, were under the supervision of Martin O’Neill, whose presence was timely on the eve of the 15th anniversary of Celtic’s Uefa Cup final in Seville. On that sweltering Spanish night Henrik Larsson scored twice and, to the rapture of the home crowd, the Swede appeared for yesterday’s warm-up with Brown and the other Celtic players. Henrik Larsson played in Brown's testimonial Credit: ACTION PLUS In 2003, Larsson’s contribution was ultimately insufficient to overcome Jose Mourinho’s Porto side, who went on to win the Champions League the following season. Thwarted they may have been, 15 years ago, but the presence of O’Neill and Larsson evoked potent memories of an era and targets that look out of reach for this Celtic generation. European football has changed beyond recognition as it proceeds, seemingly inexorably, towards a league of billionaire clubs. Against the background of such a trend, Celtic’s acquisition of a double treble of domestic prizes can be disdained by outsiders as irredeemably parochial. The response of the Celtic faithful, however, must be set within a tradition of lustrous achievements, the greatest of which was the 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon. The exodus in 2003 from Glasgow to Spain of an estimated 80,000 fans – only half of whom had tickets for the final – testified to a craving for the restoration of European status and was nourished on the road to Seville by victories over the likes of Blackburn (then a power in England), Liverpool and Vfb Stuttgart. The scale of the migration – like that of Rangers to Manchester for the 2008 final – is indicative of a seam of passion devalued by the self-regard of the continental powers. Similar devotion was in evidence for Brown’s celebratory match, which drew a crowd of 55,000. The size of the attendance gratified the captain, whose accumulation of club honours now totals eight league titles, four Scottish Cup medals and four Scottish League Cup successes, which makes him the most decorated Hoops captain after Billy McNeill. The considerable crowd also provided significant donations to a clutch of Brown’s favoured charities, as well as support for the family of the former Celtic and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller, who died of pancreatic cancer in February at the age of 36. The teams then played out a decorous friendly which finished 2-2. After the revels, O’Neill, the previous Celtic manager to win the Scottish treble, assessed the quality of his successor’s feat. “It’s extremely difficult to do what Celtic have done. Even the great Jock Stein had difficulty with it,” he said. “To do it twice on the trot is excellent. They have deserved it and played some really decent football. The next step now is to try to achieve success in Europe and it would be nice – imagine me saying this – if Rangers could get stronger.” Credit: ACTION PLUS That might be on the cards. A good, strong Rangers is good for the league and, actually, it will benefit Celtic. “Celtic don’t rest on their laurels in Scotland but, if the competition gets stronger, they will rise to it,” said O’Neill. “Steven Gerrard was a brilliant player and that doesn’t always materialise into being a brilliant manager, but he has all the attributes and he wants to have a go. And why not?” Mention of Seville triggered powerful recollections for O’Neill. “Henrik Larsson played his best ever game for Celtic and to lose it in extra-time… well, disappointing wouldn’t describe it,” he said. “But it’s still spoken about and just getting there was great. “We went down to Blackburn and it very much was men against boys at Ewood Park. To then beat Liverpool at Anfield was fantastic. We shouldn’t forget those games on that journey – and that hot evening in Seville will live with me forever.” As it thrives in the memories of the Celtic support who, for all their team’s domestic hegemony, yearn for Rodgers to transplant some part of it to foreign fields.
Sunday was fiesta day in the east end of Glasgow, despite the absence of the beatific sunshine that bathed Hampden Park on Saturday, when Scott Brown captained Celtic to the unprecedented feat of a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours. Immediately after the 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final, the captain and his team-mates returned to Parkhead on an open-top bus to bask in the adulation of their support. Scarcely had the streets cleared than the throngs reassembled to salute Brown in his testimonial match against the Republic of Ireland. The Irish, of course, were under the supervision of Martin O’Neill, whose presence was timely on the eve of the 15th anniversary of Celtic’s Uefa Cup final in Seville. On that sweltering Spanish night Henrik Larsson scored twice and, to the rapture of the home crowd, the Swede appeared for yesterday’s warm-up with Brown and the other Celtic players. Henrik Larsson played in Brown's testimonial Credit: ACTION PLUS In 2003, Larsson’s contribution was ultimately insufficient to overcome Jose Mourinho’s Porto side, who went on to win the Champions League the following season. Thwarted they may have been, 15 years ago, but the presence of O’Neill and Larsson evoked potent memories of an era and targets that look out of reach for this Celtic generation. European football has changed beyond recognition as it proceeds, seemingly inexorably, towards a league of billionaire clubs. Against the background of such a trend, Celtic’s acquisition of a double treble of domestic prizes can be disdained by outsiders as irredeemably parochial. The response of the Celtic faithful, however, must be set within a tradition of lustrous achievements, the greatest of which was the 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon. The exodus in 2003 from Glasgow to Spain of an estimated 80,000 fans – only half of whom had tickets for the final – testified to a craving for the restoration of European status and was nourished on the road to Seville by victories over the likes of Blackburn (then a power in England), Liverpool and Vfb Stuttgart. The scale of the migration – like that of Rangers to Manchester for the 2008 final – is indicative of a seam of passion devalued by the self-regard of the continental powers. Similar devotion was in evidence for Brown’s celebratory match, which drew a crowd of 55,000. The size of the attendance gratified the captain, whose accumulation of club honours now totals eight league titles, four Scottish Cup medals and four Scottish League Cup successes, which makes him the most decorated Hoops captain after Billy McNeill. The considerable crowd also provided significant donations to a clutch of Brown’s favoured charities, as well as support for the family of the former Celtic and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller, who died of pancreatic cancer in February at the age of 36. The teams then played out a decorous friendly which finished 2-2. After the revels, O’Neill, the previous Celtic manager to win the Scottish treble, assessed the quality of his successor’s feat. “It’s extremely difficult to do what Celtic have done. Even the great Jock Stein had difficulty with it,” he said. “To do it twice on the trot is excellent. They have deserved it and played some really decent football. The next step now is to try to achieve success in Europe and it would be nice – imagine me saying this – if Rangers could get stronger.” Credit: ACTION PLUS That might be on the cards. A good, strong Rangers is good for the league and, actually, it will benefit Celtic. “Celtic don’t rest on their laurels in Scotland but, if the competition gets stronger, they will rise to it,” said O’Neill. “Steven Gerrard was a brilliant player and that doesn’t always materialise into being a brilliant manager, but he has all the attributes and he wants to have a go. And why not?” Mention of Seville triggered powerful recollections for O’Neill. “Henrik Larsson played his best ever game for Celtic and to lose it in extra-time… well, disappointing wouldn’t describe it,” he said. “But it’s still spoken about and just getting there was great. “We went down to Blackburn and it very much was men against boys at Ewood Park. To then beat Liverpool at Anfield was fantastic. We shouldn’t forget those games on that journey – and that hot evening in Seville will live with me forever.” As it thrives in the memories of the Celtic support who, for all their team’s domestic hegemony, yearn for Rodgers to transplant some part of it to foreign fields.
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Sunday was fiesta day in the east end of Glasgow, despite the absence of the beatific sunshine that bathed Hampden Park on Saturday, when Scott Brown captained Celtic to the unprecedented feat of a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours. Immediately after the 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final, the captain and his team-mates returned to Parkhead on an open-top bus to bask in the adulation of their support. Scarcely had the streets cleared than the throngs reassembled to salute Brown in his testimonial match against the Republic of Ireland. The Irish, of course, were under the supervision of Martin O’Neill, whose presence was timely on the eve of the 15th anniversary of Celtic’s Uefa Cup final in Seville. On that sweltering Spanish night Henrik Larsson scored twice and, to the rapture of the home crowd, the Swede appeared for yesterday’s warm-up with Brown and the other Celtic players. Henrik Larsson played in Brown's testimonial Credit: ACTION PLUS In 2003, Larsson’s contribution was ultimately insufficient to overcome Jose Mourinho’s Porto side, who went on to win the Champions League the following season. Thwarted they may have been, 15 years ago, but the presence of O’Neill and Larsson evoked potent memories of an era and targets that look out of reach for this Celtic generation. European football has changed beyond recognition as it proceeds, seemingly inexorably, towards a league of billionaire clubs. Against the background of such a trend, Celtic’s acquisition of a double treble of domestic prizes can be disdained by outsiders as irredeemably parochial. The response of the Celtic faithful, however, must be set within a tradition of lustrous achievements, the greatest of which was the 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon. The exodus in 2003 from Glasgow to Spain of an estimated 80,000 fans – only half of whom had tickets for the final – testified to a craving for the restoration of European status and was nourished on the road to Seville by victories over the likes of Blackburn (then a power in England), Liverpool and Vfb Stuttgart. The scale of the migration – like that of Rangers to Manchester for the 2008 final – is indicative of a seam of passion devalued by the self-regard of the continental powers. Similar devotion was in evidence for Brown’s celebratory match, which drew a crowd of 55,000. The size of the attendance gratified the captain, whose accumulation of club honours now totals eight league titles, four Scottish Cup medals and four Scottish League Cup successes, which makes him the most decorated Hoops captain after Billy McNeill. The considerable crowd also provided significant donations to a clutch of Brown’s favoured charities, as well as support for the family of the former Celtic and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller, who died of pancreatic cancer in February at the age of 36. The teams then played out a decorous friendly which finished 2-2. After the revels, O’Neill, the previous Celtic manager to win the Scottish treble, assessed the quality of his successor’s feat. “It’s extremely difficult to do what Celtic have done. Even the great Jock Stein had difficulty with it,” he said. “To do it twice on the trot is excellent. They have deserved it and played some really decent football. The next step now is to try to achieve success in Europe and it would be nice – imagine me saying this – if Rangers could get stronger.” Credit: ACTION PLUS That might be on the cards. A good, strong Rangers is good for the league and, actually, it will benefit Celtic. “Celtic don’t rest on their laurels in Scotland but, if the competition gets stronger, they will rise to it,” said O’Neill. “Steven Gerrard was a brilliant player and that doesn’t always materialise into being a brilliant manager, but he has all the attributes and he wants to have a go. And why not?” Mention of Seville triggered powerful recollections for O’Neill. “Henrik Larsson played his best ever game for Celtic and to lose it in extra-time… well, disappointing wouldn’t describe it,” he said. “But it’s still spoken about and just getting there was great. “We went down to Blackburn and it very much was men against boys at Ewood Park. To then beat Liverpool at Anfield was fantastic. We shouldn’t forget those games on that journey – and that hot evening in Seville will live with me forever.” As it thrives in the memories of the Celtic support who, for all their team’s domestic hegemony, yearn for Rodgers to transplant some part of it to foreign fields.
Sunday was fiesta day in the east end of Glasgow, despite the absence of the beatific sunshine that bathed Hampden Park on Saturday, when Scott Brown captained Celtic to the unprecedented feat of a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours. Immediately after the 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final, the captain and his team-mates returned to Parkhead on an open-top bus to bask in the adulation of their support. Scarcely had the streets cleared than the throngs reassembled to salute Brown in his testimonial match against the Republic of Ireland. The Irish, of course, were under the supervision of Martin O’Neill, whose presence was timely on the eve of the 15th anniversary of Celtic’s Uefa Cup final in Seville. On that sweltering Spanish night Henrik Larsson scored twice and, to the rapture of the home crowd, the Swede appeared for yesterday’s warm-up with Brown and the other Celtic players. Henrik Larsson played in Brown's testimonial Credit: ACTION PLUS In 2003, Larsson’s contribution was ultimately insufficient to overcome Jose Mourinho’s Porto side, who went on to win the Champions League the following season. Thwarted they may have been, 15 years ago, but the presence of O’Neill and Larsson evoked potent memories of an era and targets that look out of reach for this Celtic generation. European football has changed beyond recognition as it proceeds, seemingly inexorably, towards a league of billionaire clubs. Against the background of such a trend, Celtic’s acquisition of a double treble of domestic prizes can be disdained by outsiders as irredeemably parochial. The response of the Celtic faithful, however, must be set within a tradition of lustrous achievements, the greatest of which was the 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon. The exodus in 2003 from Glasgow to Spain of an estimated 80,000 fans – only half of whom had tickets for the final – testified to a craving for the restoration of European status and was nourished on the road to Seville by victories over the likes of Blackburn (then a power in England), Liverpool and Vfb Stuttgart. The scale of the migration – like that of Rangers to Manchester for the 2008 final – is indicative of a seam of passion devalued by the self-regard of the continental powers. Similar devotion was in evidence for Brown’s celebratory match, which drew a crowd of 55,000. The size of the attendance gratified the captain, whose accumulation of club honours now totals eight league titles, four Scottish Cup medals and four Scottish League Cup successes, which makes him the most decorated Hoops captain after Billy McNeill. The considerable crowd also provided significant donations to a clutch of Brown’s favoured charities, as well as support for the family of the former Celtic and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller, who died of pancreatic cancer in February at the age of 36. The teams then played out a decorous friendly which finished 2-2. After the revels, O’Neill, the previous Celtic manager to win the Scottish treble, assessed the quality of his successor’s feat. “It’s extremely difficult to do what Celtic have done. Even the great Jock Stein had difficulty with it,” he said. “To do it twice on the trot is excellent. They have deserved it and played some really decent football. The next step now is to try to achieve success in Europe and it would be nice – imagine me saying this – if Rangers could get stronger.” Credit: ACTION PLUS That might be on the cards. A good, strong Rangers is good for the league and, actually, it will benefit Celtic. “Celtic don’t rest on their laurels in Scotland but, if the competition gets stronger, they will rise to it,” said O’Neill. “Steven Gerrard was a brilliant player and that doesn’t always materialise into being a brilliant manager, but he has all the attributes and he wants to have a go. And why not?” Mention of Seville triggered powerful recollections for O’Neill. “Henrik Larsson played his best ever game for Celtic and to lose it in extra-time… well, disappointing wouldn’t describe it,” he said. “But it’s still spoken about and just getting there was great. “We went down to Blackburn and it very much was men against boys at Ewood Park. To then beat Liverpool at Anfield was fantastic. We shouldn’t forget those games on that journey – and that hot evening in Seville will live with me forever.” As it thrives in the memories of the Celtic support who, for all their team’s domestic hegemony, yearn for Rodgers to transplant some part of it to foreign fields.
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Sunday was fiesta day in the east end of Glasgow, despite the absence of the beatific sunshine that bathed Hampden Park on Saturday, when Scott Brown captained Celtic to the unprecedented feat of a second successive clean sweep of the Scottish honours. Immediately after the 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the William Hill Scottish Cup final, the captain and his team-mates returned to Parkhead on an open-top bus to bask in the adulation of their support. Scarcely had the streets cleared than the throngs reassembled to salute Brown in his testimonial match against the Republic of Ireland. The Irish, of course, were under the supervision of Martin O’Neill, whose presence was timely on the eve of the 15th anniversary of Celtic’s Uefa Cup final in Seville. On that sweltering Spanish night Henrik Larsson scored twice and, to the rapture of the home crowd, the Swede appeared for yesterday’s warm-up with Brown and the other Celtic players. Henrik Larsson played in Brown's testimonial Credit: ACTION PLUS In 2003, Larsson’s contribution was ultimately insufficient to overcome Jose Mourinho’s Porto side, who went on to win the Champions League the following season. Thwarted they may have been, 15 years ago, but the presence of O’Neill and Larsson evoked potent memories of an era and targets that look out of reach for this Celtic generation. European football has changed beyond recognition as it proceeds, seemingly inexorably, towards a league of billionaire clubs. Against the background of such a trend, Celtic’s acquisition of a double treble of domestic prizes can be disdained by outsiders as irredeemably parochial. The response of the Celtic faithful, however, must be set within a tradition of lustrous achievements, the greatest of which was the 1967 European Cup triumph in Lisbon. The exodus in 2003 from Glasgow to Spain of an estimated 80,000 fans – only half of whom had tickets for the final – testified to a craving for the restoration of European status and was nourished on the road to Seville by victories over the likes of Blackburn (then a power in England), Liverpool and Vfb Stuttgart. The scale of the migration – like that of Rangers to Manchester for the 2008 final – is indicative of a seam of passion devalued by the self-regard of the continental powers. Similar devotion was in evidence for Brown’s celebratory match, which drew a crowd of 55,000. The size of the attendance gratified the captain, whose accumulation of club honours now totals eight league titles, four Scottish Cup medals and four Scottish League Cup successes, which makes him the most decorated Hoops captain after Billy McNeill. The considerable crowd also provided significant donations to a clutch of Brown’s favoured charities, as well as support for the family of the former Celtic and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller, who died of pancreatic cancer in February at the age of 36. The teams then played out a decorous friendly which finished 2-2. After the revels, O’Neill, the previous Celtic manager to win the Scottish treble, assessed the quality of his successor’s feat. “It’s extremely difficult to do what Celtic have done. Even the great Jock Stein had difficulty with it,” he said. “To do it twice on the trot is excellent. They have deserved it and played some really decent football. The next step now is to try to achieve success in Europe and it would be nice – imagine me saying this – if Rangers could get stronger.” Credit: ACTION PLUS That might be on the cards. A good, strong Rangers is good for the league and, actually, it will benefit Celtic. “Celtic don’t rest on their laurels in Scotland but, if the competition gets stronger, they will rise to it,” said O’Neill. “Steven Gerrard was a brilliant player and that doesn’t always materialise into being a brilliant manager, but he has all the attributes and he wants to have a go. And why not?” Mention of Seville triggered powerful recollections for O’Neill. “Henrik Larsson played his best ever game for Celtic and to lose it in extra-time… well, disappointing wouldn’t describe it,” he said. “But it’s still spoken about and just getting there was great. “We went down to Blackburn and it very much was men against boys at Ewood Park. To then beat Liverpool at Anfield was fantastic. We shouldn’t forget those games on that journey – and that hot evening in Seville will live with me forever.” As it thrives in the memories of the Celtic support who, for all their team’s domestic hegemony, yearn for Rodgers to transplant some part of it to foreign fields.
Celtic's dominance of Scottish football continued as they completed a treble of domestic trophies for the second consecutive season with a 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.
Celtic claim unprecedented 'double treble' with comfortable win over Motherwell in Scottish Cup final
Celtic's dominance of Scottish football continued as they completed a treble of domestic trophies for the second consecutive season with a 2-0 victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Olivier Ntcham celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
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Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
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Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans during the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans during the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Tom Rogic was unable to repeat last year's heroics as Celtic secured a 2-0 Scottish Cup final win
Celtic v Motherwell
Tom Rogic was unable to repeat last year's heroics as Celtic secured a 2-0 Scottish Cup final win
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
The Inevitables might not be quite as resonant as the Invincibles – as Celtic were dubbed when they achieved an undefeated clean sweep of the Scottish honours last season – but the chronicles will not make such fine distinctions. Instead, Brendan Rodgers and his players took their rightful place in the pantheon of a legendary club as they beat Motherwell in the Willliam Hill Scottish Cup final to achieve an unprecedented double treble. The ultimate component of the accomplishment was not as melodramatic as last season’s counterpart contest, when Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner against Aberdeen to the backdrop of a flash from an electrical storm. Nevertheless, metaphorical lightning struck twice at Hampden Park as Celtic lived up to their status as overwhelming favourites to retain the silverware. It is a given in Scottish football that if Celtic bring their big match mentality to a domestic contest they will prevail and on this occasion it was swiftly evident that Rodgers had not lowered the bar for his squad. Motherwell were equally familiar with the script, having lost to Celtic in the Betfred Scottish League Cup final at the same venue in November and, animated by the knowledge that it was imperative to take the lead against such relentless opponents, they sought to spring Curtis Main free in the opening exchanges. The striker harassed Kris Ajer into conceding possession and switched the ball to Liam Grimshaw inside the box and another simple pass would have left the advancing Allan Campbell with a free shot at goal. Grimshaw, though, made clumsy contact and, when Campbell had to check and turn to gather possession, the chance had evaporated. Such prodigality against Celtic invites punishment and it should have been delivered within a couple of minutes by Tom Rogic when the Australian slipped past the Motherwell captain, Carl McHugh, into a pocket of space behind Moussa Dembele for a shot which slipped past the post on the wrong side. The Steelmen had been warned and, in the 11th minute, paid the price for failing to heed the lesson. Callum McGregor gives Celtic the lead Credit: Getty Images Two attempts to clear Celtic pressure were misplaced and the second fell to Callum McGregor who, like Rogic, had wormed between the Motherwell midfield and back line. He tamed the ball with a deft touch and then drilled a precise right foot shot beyond Trevor Carson from 22 yards. Stephen Robinson’s players understood that it was imperative not to let Celtic double their advantage, a possibility that would effectively end the game as a viable contest. Identifying a problem and remedying it are quite different tasks in such circumstances and Celtic duly doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Dembele supplied his fellow Frenchman, Olivier Ntcham, for a shot from almost exactly the same position as McGregor’s strike. Ntcham duly emulated his midfield colleague with another drive which swept across Carson and into the corner of the net. “We knew it would be tough but we pretty much won the game in the first half,” McGregor said afterwards. His succinct summary might have been averted had Gael Bigirimana been a fraction more accurate with a late free kick which shivered Gordon’s crossbar. Other than that, the 65 minutes that remained after the second goal were controlled by Celtic in a tidy and low-key fashion which reflected their almost complete domination, as Robinson acknowledged ruefully after the final whistle. “McGregor scores the first goal and it’s a super finish - that's the difference in the sides in terms of quality,” said the Motherwell boss. “From there, they’re in control. The performance in the second half made me very proud, to go toe-to-toe with Celtic. We maybe regret the first 20 minutes. Olivier Ntcham celebrates his goal in style Credit: Getty Images “At half-time we told them to stop playing with fear and give them too much respect. We stood off them for the two goals and, when you’re playing against top-class footballers, it’s a huge learning curve for our players.” Rodgers was a touch pernickety in the aftermath of a historic victory but, in identifying a degree of carelessness by his proteges, he was merely posting a reminder of the standards which have brought Celtic this far. “We could have been cleaner with passing at times, and a bit better with the last pass, but the boys were brilliant,” he said. “I'm very lucky to get the chance to manage the club. You can only do your best and the last couple of season have been magical. I said to the players before the game, ‘This is a chance for you to make your own history, to win today - it's going to live with you, your families and the supporters forever'’. “It's never been done, so big applause to the players. It's a great day for everyone. We can be better next year. We set out to win three trophies, but I need to push them even harder next year. There are improvements we can make. We'll go away, recover and come back with big motivation in the summer.” The most significant improvement for Celtic would be qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but that is a matter for consideration on another day. More immediately, Celtic can accept the salutations of their euphoric fans today (Sun) when they meet the Republic of Ireland in Scott Brown’s testimonial match at Parkhead. The acquisition of six successive honours under Rodgers, back-to-back clean sweeps and the new total of 103 trophies in 130 years of existence entitle Celtic to bask in the warmth of unprecedented achievement – for the moment. “It all starts again in four weeks,” said Brown. “Some players will be going to play international games but the rest of us will chill and recharge the batteries. We will come back fitter and stronger and I am sure there will be a few additions for next season too.” On Saturday night, though, there is one appropriate order as the Hoops faithful celebrated in Glasgow’s hostelries. Trebles all round.
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Celtic claim unprecedented double treble with comfortable Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Patrick Roberts applaud their fans after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Patrick Roberts applaud their fans after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates in front of their fans after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates in front of their fans after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown and Scott Sinclair celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Patrick Roberts celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Olivier Ntcham in action with Motherwell's Gael Bigirimana REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Olivier Ntcham in action with Motherwell's Gael Bigirimana REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson looks dejected after collecting his runners up medal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson looks dejected after collecting his runners up medal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Callum McGregor celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Callum McGregor celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates in front of their fans after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates in front of their fans after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown kisses the trophy as he celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown kisses the trophy as he celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Craig Gordon celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Craig Gordon celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Charles Dunne looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Charles Dunne looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Celtic's Tom Rogic, right, vies with Motherwell's Allan Campbell during the Scottish Cup soccer final match, at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Graham Stuart/PA via AP)
Celtic completes another Scottish treble with cup final win
Celtic's Tom Rogic, right, vies with Motherwell's Allan Campbell during the Scottish Cup soccer final match, at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Graham Stuart/PA via AP)
Celtic's Tom Rogic, right, vies with Motherwell's Allan Campbell during the Scottish Cup soccer final match, at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Graham Stuart/PA via AP)
Celtic completes another Scottish treble with cup final win
Celtic's Tom Rogic, right, vies with Motherwell's Allan Campbell during the Scottish Cup soccer final match, at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Graham Stuart/PA via AP)
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Cedric Kipre looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Cedric Kipre looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Callum McGregor celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Callum McGregor celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown lifts the trophy alongside Craig Gordon as they celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown lifts the trophy alongside Craig Gordon as they celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown lifts the trophy as he celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown lifts the trophy as he celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Leigh Griffiths lifts the trophy as they celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Leigh Griffiths lifts the trophy as they celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Kieran Tierney celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Dedryck Boyata celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Dedryck Boyata celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 General view of Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 General view of Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 General view of the trophy as Celtic players celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 General view of the trophy as Celtic players celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's James Forrest celebrates with Dedryck Boyata after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's James Forrest celebrates with Dedryck Boyata after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Brendan Rodgers' Celtic made history on Saturday by winning a second domestic treble in a row thanks to their Scottish Cup final win.
Celtic complete historic double treble by seeing off Motherwell
Brendan Rodgers' Celtic made history on Saturday by winning a second domestic treble in a row thanks to their Scottish Cup final win.
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Leigh Griffiths ties a scarf around the goalpost after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Leigh Griffiths ties a scarf around the goalpost after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Sinclair and Dedryck Boyata celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Sinclair and Dedryck Boyata celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers salutes the fans as he celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers salutes the fans as he celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the trophy after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown lifts the trophy alongside Craig Gordon as they celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown lifts the trophy alongside Craig Gordon as they celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown lifts the trophy alongside Craig Gordon as they celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown lifts the trophy alongside Craig Gordon as they celebrate after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after winning the Scottish Cup Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's James Forrest celebrates with Dedryck Boyata after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's James Forrest celebrates with Dedryck Boyata after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers applauds the fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers applauds the fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Callum McGregor runs off to celebrate after scoring Celtic’s first goal on their way to victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor runs off to celebrate after scoring Celtic’s first goal on their way to victory over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.
Scott Brown (left) lifts the trophy after Celtic’s victory.
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Scott Brown (left) lifts the trophy after Celtic’s victory.
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Callum McGregor goal helps Celtic to Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Sinclair in action with Motherwell's Richard Tait Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Sinclair in action with Motherwell's Richard Tait Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers applauds during the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers applauds during the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's James Forrest in action with Motherwell's Elliott Frear Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's James Forrest in action with Motherwell's Elliott Frear Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown in action with Motherwell's Curtis Main REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Scott Brown in action with Motherwell's Curtis Main REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Gael Bigirimana hits the post with a shot from a free kick Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Gael Bigirimana hits the post with a shot from a free kick Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Moussa Dembele in action with Motherwell's Tom Aldred Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Moussa Dembele in action with Motherwell's Tom Aldred Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Tom Rogic with manager Brendan Rodgers after being substituted Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Tom Rogic with manager Brendan Rodgers after being substituted Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans display Palestine flags during the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans display Palestine flags during the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Gael Bigirimana shoots at goal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Gael Bigirimana shoots at goal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Tom Rogic in action with Motherwell's Charles Dunne Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Tom Rogic in action with Motherwell's Charles Dunne Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Celtic make light work of Motherwell to lift Scottish Cup and secure historic treble
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Allan Campbell is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Clancy REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Motherwell's Allan Campbell is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Clancy REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans during the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans during the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans during the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans during the match REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Moussa Dembele in action Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic's Moussa Dembele in action Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans during the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell
Soccer Football - Scottish Cup Final - Celtic vs Motherwell - Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain - May 19, 2018 Celtic fans during the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

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