Wednesday 20 March 2019

'Double treble will stand test of time' - Craig

Celtic 'keeper Gordon confident record won't be broken as Rodgers eyes another treble next season

The Celtic squad, management and backroom staff celebrate their Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell at Hampden Park on Saturday
The Celtic squad, management and backroom staff celebrate their Scottish Cup final win over Motherwell at Hampden Park on Saturday

Celtic's double treble will "stand the test of time", says goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

A 2-1 win over Motherwell at Hampden on Saturday in the William Hill Scottish Cup final made it another domestic treble for Celtic under Brendan Rodgers.

Under the Northern Irishman, the Hoops have now won all six domestic titles on offer in his two years at the club to make for an historic double treble - and their latest Ladbrokes Premiership title was a seventh in a row - and although they are favourites for every trophy at the start of the season, Gordon says their achievements should not be underestimated.

"We're very happy and delighted with the achievement to back up last year's invincible treble with another treble," the 35-year-old told Press Association Sport. "You can't even imagine how difficult a thing that is to do.

"For this group of players now to manage that and do it in some style, it is a fantastic achievement and one that will really stand the test of time."

The arrival of Rodgers has been the driving force behind Celtic's dominance in the past two campaigns, and with the former Liverpool boss set to stay at Parkhead after being linked with a move down south this summer, and the Scotland number one says the consistency he has brought to Glasgow has been the secret behind their success.

He said: "The consistency levels we have shown in the cup and the league over the past two seasons has been tremendous and we have to try and keep that going to achieve more great things with this team."

He added: "We just try and win football matches, and by doing that we give ourselves the opportunity to make history.

"I think he's the only manager to have two trebles at Celtic, so his name is in the history books as well as all the players that have played under him and it's there for everyone to see in years time.

"It has not sunk in just yet the feat of what we have actually achieved, but it feels good at the moment."

Rodgers insists he will expect more of them now as he guards against the complacency that might scuttle their next mission - making it three trebles in a row.

"I certainly need to push them even harder next season," said the Celtic boss. "I think we can be better. We need to get better again. We dropped too many points this year.

"There's lots for us to push for next season. We enter every competition to win and that will be the aim next season. When you have the success we had last year, it would have been so easy to have gone soft, gone timid, not had the same aggression.

"For teams like us, it's not the punches to the head and body that stop you, it's the pats on the back. We can never be satisfied. We have to be hungry to succeed."

Beaten Motherwell goalkeeper Trevor Carson believes his side showed Celtic too much respect in the final. "To lose in any final is disappointing. We said before the game 'no regrets' and at half-time everyone knew we could have done a bit more and maybe showed Celtic too much respect," he said.

"Obviously they are a great side but unless you get close to them and stick a foot in, you are not going to win anything. We regrouped at half-time but the damage was done which was disappointing.

"If Celtic score early it is going to be hard for any team to pin them back but even when they went 1-0 up there could have been more of a reaction.

"They sense blood and they attack you and got the second goal and it is hard to pin them back at 1-0, never mind 2-0."

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