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HOOPS OUT TO MAKE POINTS

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A CELTIC win over Hearts at Parkhead on Sunday will see them clinch their eighth successive title and finish with top of the Premiership on 87 points – FIVE more than last season.

However, it would be NINETEEN short of Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles campaign when the team went through the season without a domestic defeat.

The Hoops are now 90 minutes away from collecting their ninth successive piece of silverware, an achievement that will be unprecedented.

Interim manager Neil Lennon, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “We won the league comfortably. Perhaps not as comfortable as some years, but not every year is going to be the same. The Cup is very important and a big piece of history for the club.

“I still can’t believe I’m sitting here talking about a possible treble treble. That’s remarkable. These players have won two trophies out of two and are going for a third. What more can the players do? It’s pretty special.”

Tynecastle gaffer Craig Levein, whose side will meet the champions in the Scottish Cup Final at a Hampden a week tomorrow, has warned Lennon and Co they will face two tough afternoons in Glasgow over the next week.

The former Scotland international manager said: “I’m feeling reasonably good about the Final. I am finding it difficult to predict how we’re going to do and how we’re going to play. But I see a big performance in us.

“I see my role as bringing a clear idea to the system that we’re going to play and try to get everybody fit. But we’ll go out on Sunday to try to win the game. There’s no reason not to.”

Talented Hoops kids Karamoko Dembele and Armstrong Oko-Flex, who have been training with the first team in recent months, could figure at some stage in the final league encounter.

 

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