ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes insists Celtic will be disappointed if they don’t win a historic double Treble this season.
And the Pittodrie gaffer challenged his Dons players to deny Brendan Rodgers’ men a second successive domestic clean sweep.
No Scottish club has ever won back-to-back Trebles, but McInnes reckons the Hoops’ financial muscle means they should be odds-on for all the honours – and it may feel like a failure if they don’t succeed.
He said: “Celtic are so far ahead resources-wise that I think it will be disappointing to them if they don’t win a Treble.
“They should be favourites in every domestic competition. Huge favourites.
“It’s up to the rest to find a way to stop that and get our own clubs winning something. That’s the challenge for us all.
“They lost their unbeaten domestic run recently, but it doesn’t give us any extra confidence as we’re always pretty confident ahead of games against them.
“We know we have to be near our best to get a result, while that doesn’t need to be the case for Celtic. They have the quality to put you to the sword.
“But in our recent game at Parkhead we were unfortunate to go in at half-time 1-0 down. We did a lot of what we wanted to do really well.
“However, it’s hard to sustain it and its hard to keep the belief and motivation going when they take the lead.”
The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP28) with former Celtic director Tom Grant
Paul John Dykes and Kevin Graham are joined by Celtic’s ex-director, Tom Grant, who offers a fascinating insight into the running of the club in the 1980s and 1990s.
Tom Grant explains exactly why Celtic refused to complete the Mo Johnston transfer in 1989, and lifts the lid on audacious efforts by Billy McNeill to recruit Peter Beardsley and Steve Bruce.
Tom Grant also dissects his relationship with Fergus McCann, and the impact of the ‘Celts For Change’ movement in overturning the ‘family dynasty’ board in 1994.
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