Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sport | By Charlene Craig

Celtic clinch unbeaten treble with late Scottish FA Cup win

Celtic clinch unbeaten treble with late Scottish FA Cup win

In an explosive start at Hampden Park, Jonny Hayes gave Aberdeen the lead after nine minutes when he volleyed in Nial McGinn's corner.

The game looked destined for extra time before substitute Rogic scored a superb solo goal in the second minute of added on time to break the Dons' supporters hearts and ensure Celtic won the Scottish Cup for a record-extending 37th time.

That was because they were in the Europa League qualifiers after finishing runners-up to Celtic last season in the Scottish Premiership.

"I've had speculation about my players for three months, players out of contract, players under contract".

"They don't come around as often as you think so we have to make sure we enjoy it, but the only way you can do that is by going out and winning the game".

"There was nothing in the game except we lacked a wee bit of legs and impetus to go forward and apply pressure".

"Of course, we must bring Celtic into this equation as well, and say they are quality".

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Celtic fans traditionally gather at the club's Parkhead stadium to greet the players after a cup final victory.

It was the first time in 16 years that Celtic have managed to win all three domestic trophies, and alongside their achievements, Rodgers believes his side can still get better.

"The feeling around the club and the team is fantastic and we want to continue with that".

"We have had a number of injuries throughout the season, but every player who has come in has done very well, so I never have had to rely on just 11 players".

"Then hopefully over time, they start to tire and the space opens up and that's what started to happen, especially in the last half an hour".

The Australian will go down as the man who sealed the treble but is adamant it was very much a team affair.

Both sides were wracked with nerves in the second half as Aberdeen sat deeper and deeper but Celtic couldn't find a way through until Rodgers" "Magic Man' Rogic weaved his way into the box and slotted home the priceless victor.

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