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BROTHER PEDRO PLAYS HIS PART IN HOOPS’ RECORD BID

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BROTHER Pedro Caixinha is helping Celtic to smash a remarkable European record.

The Ibrox side’s dramatic 3-0 triumph over Aberdeen at the weekend left the Dons trailing the six-in-a-row Premiership champions by 26 points.

And that Pittodrie reversal has pushed Brendan Rodgers’ men three points closer to the largest-ever title-winning margin.

That sits at 31 points and is currently held by Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16) and Egyptian side Al Ahly (2004/05).

With six Premiership games to go – and with the Derek McInnes’ side still to play at Ibrox after the split – the Hoops have the opportunity of making another piece of history during a memorable debut campaign for Rodgers.

Pre-Pedro, the Ibrox side upset Celtic’s hopes of another European best when they battled to a 1-1 draw in last month’s fixture in the east end of Glasgow.

The Parkhead outfit were looking for their 23rd successive Premiership triumph and victory would have edged them closer to breaking the all-time record of 29 consecutive league wins set by Portuguese giants Benfica in 1971/72.

If Rodgers’ men had won that encounter – after leading 1-0 at half-time with a Stuart Armstrong goal – they would have equalled Swedish side Malmo’s 23-game winning streak in 1949/50.

Clint Hill’s equaliser in the fading moments denied the champions, although referee Bobby Madden denied Leigh Griffiths a stonewall penalty in stoppage time.

In fact, Celtic and the old Govan outfit have won the league undefeated in 1897/98 and 1898/99, respectively – but both were during 18-game seasons compared to the current 38-game campaign.

The Hoops set a Scottish record in 2013/14 with a 29-point title-winning margin.

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