Monday 18 December 2017

Rodgers wants to finish with a big win over Hearts

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is looking for a last-day win over Hearts to complete a "remarkable" Ladbrokes Premiership campaign.

The champions were at their very best in their 5-0 win over Partick Thistle on Thursday night.

In doing so they moved on to 103 points, a record set by Martin O'Neill's Celtic title-winning side of 2001-02, which also brought 33 wins, a feat which was equalled at Firhill.

Celtic will be presented with the league trophy against the Jambos at Parkhead tomorrow and Rodgers is looking to finish the league campaign on a high, before preparing for the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen the following week. He said: "The incentive is to win and even more important to play well.

"If we can beat the 103 points, great. More goals, of course.

"To end the season with 34 wins out of 38 would be a remarkable achievement and we could celebrate a wonderful season in the league, which would be great for the supporters and hopefully they are enjoying the football."

Madrid on cusp of title

Real Madrid can almost touch the La Liga title after a five year wait, needing only to avoid defeat to Malaga tomorrow (live Sky Sports 3, kick-off 7.0pm) to grab the trophy from the hands of arch rivals Barcelona.

Real lead the standings on 90 points, three above Barcelona. Barcelona host Eibar and coach Luis Enrique last month said his side's hopes of stealing the league in the final match were as likely as pigs flying.

In his last media appearance, though, he said Malaga had beaten Barca and could spring a surprise on Madrid too.

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