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She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
As she joined the Royal Family on the steps of St George’s Chapel to wave the newlyweds off on their carriage ride through Windsor, the new Duchess of Sussex’s mother finally looked at ease. Only the most stony-hearted viewers could have felt anything but a pang of empathy for Doria Ragland when she took her seat in the chapel earlier that morning, awaiting the arrival of her only daughter, the bride. “She looks so lonely!” viewers the world over cried as the camera lingered on her face, which was understandably full of emotion. Prince Harry leaned forward, trying to catch his new mother-in-law’s eye, presumably hoping to offer her some reassurance. On his side of the quire, of course, the seats were filled with more than 20 members of his own family, on hers, a smattering of her daughter’s celebrity friends were all that were there to bolster her. But outside, after the ceremony, her armed linked with that of the Prince of Wales - who had stepped in at the last minute to accompany her daughter for the final few strides down the aisle - Doria took her place in the fold of The Firm. But who is the woman who stole the nation’s hearts on Saturday, and what sort of role is she expected to play in royal life? In official photos released today, it was quite clear that Prince Harry, his new wife and her mother - with whom she is known to be incredibly close - are already a unit. Standing proudly next to her daughter, her new son-in-law smiling on the other side of her, the three of them seem such a happy team. Doria links arms with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: AFP Though she will be living thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Doria is expected to play an important role in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s lives, especially as they take their places as global ambassadors for the Royal Family. Doria has, until now, gone under the radar, choosing not to give any interviews about her famous daughter. Unlike her ex-husband, she has managed to avoid speaking to the press, or being constantly photographed by paparazzi in LA. There has been speculation for a couple of weeks that she may be about to break her silence and give a TV interview to Oprah Winfrey, whose house she was seen arriving at earlier this month, and who was among the guests on Saturday. The Sun reported yesterday that she planned to film part of the interview while she is here in London. It would certainly be seen as a break with tradition if she were to give an interview (to date, the only member of the Royal Family to have given such an interview is Sarah Ferguson) but as the royal commentator Hugo Vickers points out: “If it’s necessary to give one interview, that’s probably the one to do, though she’s done so brilliantly she doesn’t need to.” Official photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding Credit: Alexi Lubomirski It is in many ways a tricky line to tread. To return to normal life and fade into the background, or to embrace the public profile you never expected to have? In the past, new royal in-laws would tend to fade into the background after the wedding, but since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, Carole and Michael Middleton have been seen a number of times at royal events. The Queen made a point of inviting them to join her at Ascot just a couple of weeks after the wedding, prompting some speculation that an invitation may be extended to Doria to attend a garden party being held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in celebration of Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. Hugo Vickers says the efforts clearly being made by the Royal Family on Saturday to make Doria feel welcome are an indication of the genuine good feeling between the two families. “The way the whole thing was done was very inclusive, with Prince Charles stepping in to give her away. They obviously all get on very well privately.” She won’t, it is thought, be granted a coat of arms, as the Middletons were after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married. Reports suggest that the Duchess of Sussex will receive her own coat of arms, but that the honour won’t be bestowed on her family. But for Doria - a social worker and yoga teacher from California - the tribute might seem a little archaic in any case. Could Doria have a role in helping her daughter and son-in-law in their efforts as global ambassadors for the Commonwealth? Last year, the Royal Commonwealth Society announced its plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. As it may prove difficult for her daughter to visit her frequently at home in California, could Doria accompany the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a US tour, designed to reinforce the special relationship? What is rather more likely, experts feel, is that Doria will quietly “return to her private life”, focus on being a support to her daughter, whether on the end of a phone or on regular trips to London. And, presumably, like most mothers, eagerly await news of grandchildren she can dote on.
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
As she joined the Royal Family on the steps of St George’s Chapel to wave the newlyweds off on their carriage ride through Windsor, the new Duchess of Sussex’s mother finally looked at ease. Only the most stony-hearted viewers could have felt anything but a pang of empathy for Doria Ragland when she took her seat in the chapel earlier that morning, awaiting the arrival of her only daughter, the bride. “She looks so lonely!” viewers the world over cried as the camera lingered on her face, which was understandably full of emotion. Prince Harry leaned forward, trying to catch his new mother-in-law’s eye, presumably hoping to offer her some reassurance. On his side of the quire, of course, the seats were filled with more than 20 members of his own family, on hers, a smattering of her daughter’s celebrity friends were all that were there to bolster her. But outside, after the ceremony, her armed linked with that of the Prince of Wales - who had stepped in at the last minute to accompany her daughter for the final few strides down the aisle - Doria took her place in the fold of The Firm. But who is the woman who stole the nation’s hearts on Saturday, and what sort of role is she expected to play in royal life? In official photos released today, it was quite clear that Prince Harry, his new wife and her mother - with whom she is known to be incredibly close - are already a unit. Standing proudly next to her daughter, her new son-in-law smiling on the other side of her, the three of them seem such a happy team. Doria links arms with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: AFP Though she will be living thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Doria is expected to play an important role in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s lives, especially as they take their places as global ambassadors for the Royal Family. Doria has, until now, gone under the radar, choosing not to give any interviews about her famous daughter. Unlike her ex-husband, she has managed to avoid speaking to the press, or being constantly photographed by paparazzi in LA. There has been speculation for a couple of weeks that she may be about to break her silence and give a TV interview to Oprah Winfrey, whose house she was seen arriving at earlier this month, and who was among the guests on Saturday. The Sun reported yesterday that she planned to film part of the interview while she is here in London. It would certainly be seen as a break with tradition if she were to give an interview (to date, the only member of the Royal Family to have given such an interview is Sarah Ferguson) but as the royal commentator Hugo Vickers points out: “If it’s necessary to give one interview, that’s probably the one to do, though she’s done so brilliantly she doesn’t need to.” Official photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding Credit: Alexi Lubomirski It is in many ways a tricky line to tread. To return to normal life and fade into the background, or to embrace the public profile you never expected to have? In the past, new royal in-laws would tend to fade into the background after the wedding, but since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, Carole and Michael Middleton have been seen a number of times at royal events. The Queen made a point of inviting them to join her at Ascot just a couple of weeks after the wedding, prompting some speculation that an invitation may be extended to Doria to attend a garden party being held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in celebration of Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. Hugo Vickers says the efforts clearly being made by the Royal Family on Saturday to make Doria feel welcome are an indication of the genuine good feeling between the two families. “The way the whole thing was done was very inclusive, with Prince Charles stepping in to give her away. They obviously all get on very well privately.” She won’t, it is thought, be granted a coat of arms, as the Middletons were after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married. Reports suggest that the Duchess of Sussex will receive her own coat of arms, but that the honour won’t be bestowed on her family. But for Doria - a social worker and yoga teacher from California - the tribute might seem a little archaic in any case. Could Doria have a role in helping her daughter and son-in-law in their efforts as global ambassadors for the Commonwealth? Last year, the Royal Commonwealth Society announced its plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. As it may prove difficult for her daughter to visit her frequently at home in California, could Doria accompany the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a US tour, designed to reinforce the special relationship? What is rather more likely, experts feel, is that Doria will quietly “return to her private life”, focus on being a support to her daughter, whether on the end of a phone or on regular trips to London. And, presumably, like most mothers, eagerly await news of grandchildren she can dote on.
As she joined the Royal Family on the steps of St George’s Chapel to wave the newlyweds off on their carriage ride through Windsor, the new Duchess of Sussex’s mother finally looked at ease. Only the most stony-hearted viewers could have felt anything but a pang of empathy for Doria Ragland when she took her seat in the chapel earlier that morning, awaiting the arrival of her only daughter, the bride. “She looks so lonely!” viewers the world over cried as the camera lingered on her face, which was understandably full of emotion. Prince Harry leaned forward, trying to catch his new mother-in-law’s eye, presumably hoping to offer her some reassurance. On his side of the quire, of course, the seats were filled with more than 20 members of his own family, on hers, a smattering of her daughter’s celebrity friends were all that were there to bolster her. But outside, after the ceremony, her armed linked with that of the Prince of Wales - who had stepped in at the last minute to accompany her daughter for the final few strides down the aisle - Doria took her place in the fold of The Firm. But who is the woman who stole the nation’s hearts on Saturday, and what sort of role is she expected to play in royal life? In official photos released today, it was quite clear that Prince Harry, his new wife and her mother - with whom she is known to be incredibly close - are already a unit. Standing proudly next to her daughter, her new son-in-law smiling on the other side of her, the three of them seem such a happy team. Doria links arms with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: AFP Though she will be living thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Doria is expected to play an important role in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s lives, especially as they take their places as global ambassadors for the Royal Family. Doria has, until now, gone under the radar, choosing not to give any interviews about her famous daughter. Unlike her ex-husband, she has managed to avoid speaking to the press, or being constantly photographed by paparazzi in LA. There has been speculation for a couple of weeks that she may be about to break her silence and give a TV interview to Oprah Winfrey, whose house she was seen arriving at earlier this month, and who was among the guests on Saturday. The Sun reported yesterday that she planned to film part of the interview while she is here in London. It would certainly be seen as a break with tradition if she were to give an interview (to date, the only member of the Royal Family to have given such an interview is Sarah Ferguson) but as the royal commentator Hugo Vickers points out: “If it’s necessary to give one interview, that’s probably the one to do, though she’s done so brilliantly she doesn’t need to.” Official photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding Credit: Alexi Lubomirski It is in many ways a tricky line to tread. To return to normal life and fade into the background, or to embrace the public profile you never expected to have? In the past, new royal in-laws would tend to fade into the background after the wedding, but since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, Carole and Michael Middleton have been seen a number of times at royal events. The Queen made a point of inviting them to join her at Ascot just a couple of weeks after the wedding, prompting some speculation that an invitation may be extended to Doria to attend a garden party being held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in celebration of Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. Hugo Vickers says the efforts clearly being made by the Royal Family on Saturday to make Doria feel welcome are an indication of the genuine good feeling between the two families. “The way the whole thing was done was very inclusive, with Prince Charles stepping in to give her away. They obviously all get on very well privately.” She won’t, it is thought, be granted a coat of arms, as the Middletons were after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married. Reports suggest that the Duchess of Sussex will receive her own coat of arms, but that the honour won’t be bestowed on her family. But for Doria - a social worker and yoga teacher from California - the tribute might seem a little archaic in any case. Could Doria have a role in helping her daughter and son-in-law in their efforts as global ambassadors for the Commonwealth? Last year, the Royal Commonwealth Society announced its plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. As it may prove difficult for her daughter to visit her frequently at home in California, could Doria accompany the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a US tour, designed to reinforce the special relationship? What is rather more likely, experts feel, is that Doria will quietly “return to her private life”, focus on being a support to her daughter, whether on the end of a phone or on regular trips to London. And, presumably, like most mothers, eagerly await news of grandchildren she can dote on.
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
As she joined the Royal Family on the steps of St George’s Chapel to wave the newlyweds off on their carriage ride through Windsor, the new Duchess of Sussex’s mother finally looked at ease. Only the most stony-hearted viewers could have felt anything but a pang of empathy for Doria Ragland when she took her seat in the chapel earlier that morning, awaiting the arrival of her only daughter, the bride. “She looks so lonely!” viewers the world over cried as the camera lingered on her face, which was understandably full of emotion. Prince Harry leaned forward, trying to catch his new mother-in-law’s eye, presumably hoping to offer her some reassurance. On his side of the quire, of course, the seats were filled with more than 20 members of his own family, on hers, a smattering of her daughter’s celebrity friends were all that were there to bolster her. But outside, after the ceremony, her armed linked with that of the Prince of Wales - who had stepped in at the last minute to accompany her daughter for the final few strides down the aisle - Doria took her place in the fold of The Firm. But who is the woman who stole the nation’s hearts on Saturday, and what sort of role is she expected to play in royal life? In official photos released today, it was quite clear that Prince Harry, his new wife and her mother - with whom she is known to be incredibly close - are already a unit. Standing proudly next to her daughter, her new son-in-law smiling on the other side of her, the three of them seem such a happy team. Doria links arms with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: AFP Though she will be living thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Doria is expected to play an important role in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s lives, especially as they take their places as global ambassadors for the Royal Family. Doria has, until now, gone under the radar, choosing not to give any interviews about her famous daughter. Unlike her ex-husband, she has managed to avoid speaking to the press, or being constantly photographed by paparazzi in LA. There has been speculation for a couple of weeks that she may be about to break her silence and give a TV interview to Oprah Winfrey, whose house she was seen arriving at earlier this month, and who was among the guests on Saturday. The Sun reported yesterday that she planned to film part of the interview while she is here in London. It would certainly be seen as a break with tradition if she were to give an interview (to date, the only member of the Royal Family to have given such an interview is Sarah Ferguson) but as the royal commentator Hugo Vickers points out: “If it’s necessary to give one interview, that’s probably the one to do, though she’s done so brilliantly she doesn’t need to.” Official photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding Credit: Alexi Lubomirski It is in many ways a tricky line to tread. To return to normal life and fade into the background, or to embrace the public profile you never expected to have? In the past, new royal in-laws would tend to fade into the background after the wedding, but since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, Carole and Michael Middleton have been seen a number of times at royal events. The Queen made a point of inviting them to join her at Ascot just a couple of weeks after the wedding, prompting some speculation that an invitation may be extended to Doria to attend a garden party being held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in celebration of Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. Hugo Vickers says the efforts clearly being made by the Royal Family on Saturday to make Doria feel welcome are an indication of the genuine good feeling between the two families. “The way the whole thing was done was very inclusive, with Prince Charles stepping in to give her away. They obviously all get on very well privately.” She won’t, it is thought, be granted a coat of arms, as the Middletons were after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married. Reports suggest that the Duchess of Sussex will receive her own coat of arms, but that the honour won’t be bestowed on her family. But for Doria - a social worker and yoga teacher from California - the tribute might seem a little archaic in any case. Could Doria have a role in helping her daughter and son-in-law in their efforts as global ambassadors for the Commonwealth? Last year, the Royal Commonwealth Society announced its plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. As it may prove difficult for her daughter to visit her frequently at home in California, could Doria accompany the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a US tour, designed to reinforce the special relationship? What is rather more likely, experts feel, is that Doria will quietly “return to her private life”, focus on being a support to her daughter, whether on the end of a phone or on regular trips to London. And, presumably, like most mothers, eagerly await news of grandchildren she can dote on.
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
As she joined the Royal Family on the steps of St George’s Chapel to wave the newlyweds off on their carriage ride through Windsor, the new Duchess of Sussex’s mother finally looked at ease. Only the most stony-hearted viewers could have felt anything but a pang of empathy for Doria Ragland when she took her seat in the chapel earlier that morning, awaiting the arrival of her only daughter, the bride. “She looks so lonely!” viewers the world over cried as the camera lingered on her face, which was understandably full of emotion. Prince Harry leaned forward, trying to catch his new mother-in-law’s eye, presumably hoping to offer her some reassurance. On his side of the quire, of course, the seats were filled with more than 20 members of his own family, on hers, a smattering of her daughter’s celebrity friends were all that were there to bolster her. But outside, after the ceremony, her armed linked with that of the Prince of Wales - who had stepped in at the last minute to accompany her daughter for the final few strides down the aisle - Doria took her place in the fold of The Firm. But who is the woman who stole the nation’s hearts on Saturday, and what sort of role is she expected to play in royal life? In official photos released today, it was quite clear that Prince Harry, his new wife and her mother - with whom she is known to be incredibly close - are already a unit. Standing proudly next to her daughter, her new son-in-law smiling on the other side of her, the three of them seem such a happy team. Doria links arms with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: AFP Though she will be living thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Doria is expected to play an important role in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s lives, especially as they take their places as global ambassadors for the Royal Family. Doria has, until now, gone under the radar, choosing not to give any interviews about her famous daughter. Unlike her ex-husband, she has managed to avoid speaking to the press, or being constantly photographed by paparazzi in LA. There has been speculation for a couple of weeks that she may be about to break her silence and give a TV interview to Oprah Winfrey, whose house she was seen arriving at earlier this month, and who was among the guests on Saturday. The Sun reported yesterday that she planned to film part of the interview while she is here in London. It would certainly be seen as a break with tradition if she were to give an interview (to date, the only member of the Royal Family to have given such an interview is Sarah Ferguson) but as the royal commentator Hugo Vickers points out: “If it’s necessary to give one interview, that’s probably the one to do, though she’s done so brilliantly she doesn’t need to.” Official photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding Credit: Alexi Lubomirski It is in many ways a tricky line to tread. To return to normal life and fade into the background, or to embrace the public profile you never expected to have? In the past, new royal in-laws would tend to fade into the background after the wedding, but since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, Carole and Michael Middleton have been seen a number of times at royal events. The Queen made a point of inviting them to join her at Ascot just a couple of weeks after the wedding, prompting some speculation that an invitation may be extended to Doria to attend a garden party being held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in celebration of Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. Hugo Vickers says the efforts clearly being made by the Royal Family on Saturday to make Doria feel welcome are an indication of the genuine good feeling between the two families. “The way the whole thing was done was very inclusive, with Prince Charles stepping in to give her away. They obviously all get on very well privately.” She won’t, it is thought, be granted a coat of arms, as the Middletons were after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married. Reports suggest that the Duchess of Sussex will receive her own coat of arms, but that the honour won’t be bestowed on her family. But for Doria - a social worker and yoga teacher from California - the tribute might seem a little archaic in any case. Could Doria have a role in helping her daughter and son-in-law in their efforts as global ambassadors for the Commonwealth? Last year, the Royal Commonwealth Society announced its plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. As it may prove difficult for her daughter to visit her frequently at home in California, could Doria accompany the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a US tour, designed to reinforce the special relationship? What is rather more likely, experts feel, is that Doria will quietly “return to her private life”, focus on being a support to her daughter, whether on the end of a phone or on regular trips to London. And, presumably, like most mothers, eagerly await news of grandchildren she can dote on.
She stole our hearts on Saturday, but what next for Doria, the newest member of The Firm?
As she joined the Royal Family on the steps of St George’s Chapel to wave the newlyweds off on their carriage ride through Windsor, the new Duchess of Sussex’s mother finally looked at ease. Only the most stony-hearted viewers could have felt anything but a pang of empathy for Doria Ragland when she took her seat in the chapel earlier that morning, awaiting the arrival of her only daughter, the bride. “She looks so lonely!” viewers the world over cried as the camera lingered on her face, which was understandably full of emotion. Prince Harry leaned forward, trying to catch his new mother-in-law’s eye, presumably hoping to offer her some reassurance. On his side of the quire, of course, the seats were filled with more than 20 members of his own family, on hers, a smattering of her daughter’s celebrity friends were all that were there to bolster her. But outside, after the ceremony, her armed linked with that of the Prince of Wales - who had stepped in at the last minute to accompany her daughter for the final few strides down the aisle - Doria took her place in the fold of The Firm. But who is the woman who stole the nation’s hearts on Saturday, and what sort of role is she expected to play in royal life? In official photos released today, it was quite clear that Prince Harry, his new wife and her mother - with whom she is known to be incredibly close - are already a unit. Standing proudly next to her daughter, her new son-in-law smiling on the other side of her, the three of them seem such a happy team. Doria links arms with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: AFP Though she will be living thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Doria is expected to play an important role in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s lives, especially as they take their places as global ambassadors for the Royal Family. Doria has, until now, gone under the radar, choosing not to give any interviews about her famous daughter. Unlike her ex-husband, she has managed to avoid speaking to the press, or being constantly photographed by paparazzi in LA. There has been speculation for a couple of weeks that she may be about to break her silence and give a TV interview to Oprah Winfrey, whose house she was seen arriving at earlier this month, and who was among the guests on Saturday. The Sun reported yesterday that she planned to film part of the interview while she is here in London. It would certainly be seen as a break with tradition if she were to give an interview (to date, the only member of the Royal Family to have given such an interview is Sarah Ferguson) but as the royal commentator Hugo Vickers points out: “If it’s necessary to give one interview, that’s probably the one to do, though she’s done so brilliantly she doesn’t need to.” Official photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding Credit: Alexi Lubomirski It is in many ways a tricky line to tread. To return to normal life and fade into the background, or to embrace the public profile you never expected to have? In the past, new royal in-laws would tend to fade into the background after the wedding, but since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage in 2011, Carole and Michael Middleton have been seen a number of times at royal events. The Queen made a point of inviting them to join her at Ascot just a couple of weeks after the wedding, prompting some speculation that an invitation may be extended to Doria to attend a garden party being held at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday in celebration of Prince Charles’s 70th birthday. Hugo Vickers says the efforts clearly being made by the Royal Family on Saturday to make Doria feel welcome are an indication of the genuine good feeling between the two families. “The way the whole thing was done was very inclusive, with Prince Charles stepping in to give her away. They obviously all get on very well privately.” She won’t, it is thought, be granted a coat of arms, as the Middletons were after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married. Reports suggest that the Duchess of Sussex will receive her own coat of arms, but that the honour won’t be bestowed on her family. But for Doria - a social worker and yoga teacher from California - the tribute might seem a little archaic in any case. Could Doria have a role in helping her daughter and son-in-law in their efforts as global ambassadors for the Commonwealth? Last year, the Royal Commonwealth Society announced its plans to open a branch in the United States, with a view to one day bringing America into the fold as an “associate member”. As it may prove difficult for her daughter to visit her frequently at home in California, could Doria accompany the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a US tour, designed to reinforce the special relationship? What is rather more likely, experts feel, is that Doria will quietly “return to her private life”, focus on being a support to her daughter, whether on the end of a phone or on regular trips to London. And, presumably, like most mothers, eagerly await news of grandchildren she can dote on.
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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.
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
Martin O'Neill praises Celtic's stunning achievements but says European success needs to follow
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.
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.
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A senior City executive tasked with holding UK boardrooms to account is the latest person to leave Standard Life Aberdeen following its £11bn merger last summer. Paul Lee, head of corporate governance for Standard Life Aberdeen’s funds arm, will stand down next month after more than three years in the role. His decision is linked with the tie-up and he does not have another role lined up, a source said. Mr Lee has been responsible for the so-called stewardship activities of the group since 2015, engaging with the boards of companies that the asset manager has holdings in and leaving at a time when environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have ratcheted up the agenda for British firms. His move follows a number of exits since the merger was announced. The most notable was Standard Life’s head of equities, David Cumming, and the most recent include a team of six ­equity fund managers. Mr Lee’s responsibilities will be shared among the ESG team, headed by Euan Stirling.
Governance chief continues Standard Life Aberdeen exodus
A senior City executive tasked with holding UK boardrooms to account is the latest person to leave Standard Life Aberdeen following its £11bn merger last summer. Paul Lee, head of corporate governance for Standard Life Aberdeen’s funds arm, will stand down next month after more than three years in the role. His decision is linked with the tie-up and he does not have another role lined up, a source said. Mr Lee has been responsible for the so-called stewardship activities of the group since 2015, engaging with the boards of companies that the asset manager has holdings in and leaving at a time when environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have ratcheted up the agenda for British firms. His move follows a number of exits since the merger was announced. The most notable was Standard Life’s head of equities, David Cumming, and the most recent include a team of six ­equity fund managers. Mr Lee’s responsibilities will be shared among the ESG team, headed by Euan Stirling.
Governance chief continues Standard Life Aberdeen exodus
Governance chief continues Standard Life Aberdeen exodus
Governance chief continues Standard Life Aberdeen exodus
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
Quinn led Boston University to a 105-68-21 record and two conference championships in five seasons as the Terriers' coach.
Boston University's David Quinn set to become Rangers coach, report says
Quinn led Boston University to a 105-68-21 record and two conference championships in five seasons as the Terriers' coach.

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