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Celtic 2-Zero Motherwell: Brendan Rodgers says his facet

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Celtic 2-Zero Motherwell: Brendan Rodgers says his facet

Highlights: Celtic 2-Zero Motherwell

Celtic supervisor Brendan Rodgers says his facet “will be higher” subsequent season, after sealing an unprecedented second successive Scottish home Treble.

First-half targets from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham noticed off Motherwell within the Scottish Cup last at Hampden.

“We got down to win three trophies, however I have to push them even tougher subsequent 12 months,” Rodgers advised BBC Scotland.

“There are enhancements we are able to make. We’ll go away, recuperate and are available again with large motivation in the summertime.”

Rodgers took over at Celtic Park in the summertime of 2016 and gained the Scottish Premiership title, in addition to beating Aberdeen in each the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup finals in his first season.

This time period his facet have retained the league crown – the membership’s seventh in a row – and overwhelmed Motherwell 2-Zero in each cup finals.

It elevated his group above Jock Stein’s Celtic facet of 1970 and Walter Smith’s Rangers outfit of 1994, who each fell on the last hurdle as they tried successive Trebles.

“For us to be the primary group to have carried out it’s a actual privilege and an actual big day,” stated Rodgers.

“By all of the completely different eras of the sport up right here, sure groups have dominated after which it flipped – and in all that point it was by no means achieved.

“It can most likely take time to get pleasure from it. My emotions are extra with the supporters, the gamers, the workers, the board that introduced me in a couple of years in the past. I am so blissful for them.

“We will be nothing however impressed by the Celtic assist and their dedication to us. Wherever we go, they’re all the time there. To provide them a day like at this time offers me actual satisfaction.

“There’s not many days in your life if you get up with an opportunity of making historical past. The gamers had an opportunity to create a reminiscence that can final the remainder of their lives.”

‘We will by no means be happy’

Watch Callum McGregor’s Scottish Cup howitzer

After scoring twice within the opening 25 minutes, the end result was not often unsure. Motherwell rallied after their turbulent starting and pushed arduous to get themselves again within the sport, nevertheless it wasn’t to be. Simply as within the League Cup last, they went down 2-Zero to the unstoppable champions.

Rodgers stated that the goal subsequent season was to go and win every thing once more.

“That is our thought,” the Northern Irishman added. “I actually have to push them even tougher subsequent season, little doubt about that. They will not get too many pats on the again, that is for positive. That is our job.

“We’re right here to win. I believe we will be higher. We dropped too many factors this 12 months, particularly at house. Everybody recognised that this 12 months was going to be tough on the again of final season, however to nonetheless churn that out and have that spirit and to supply good performances when you’ll want to is spectacular.

“It is really easy to go delicate and to go timid and never have fairly the identical aggression. That was one thing I used to be conscious of originally of the season as a result of for groups like ourselves it is not a lot the punches within the head or the physique that cease you, it is the pats on the again. We have not given out too a lot of these. We will by no means be happy. We’ve got to have the starvation to succeed.”

Celtic midfielder McGregor, who scored the opening aim with an excellent half-volley, described his aim as his “greatest one but”.

“We just about gained the sport within the first half,” he added.

“To seal a double Treble – it can most likely by no means be carried out once more – so to be a part of that, I am unable to describe it.

“We knew we had an opportunity to make historical past. While you get that chance, you may’t let it go you by.”

‘All you need to do is create historical past’ – McGregor

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