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‘INCREDIBLE TESTAMENT,’ EX-BOSS HAILS HOOPS

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BRENDAN RODGERS has hailed Celtic’s historic quadruple treble.

The former manager applauded his old team after they claimed their twelfth successive domestic honour in the 4-3 penalty-kick shoot-out victory over Hearts after the 3-3 extra-time stalemate in the Scottish Cup Final on Sunday.

Rodgers led the Parkhead side to the first seven of the trophy triumphs and he was fulsome in his praise of his successor Neil Lennon and clubs stalwarts such as Scott Brown and Callum McGregor for their mighty efforts in guiding the club into the record books.

And the Irishman, who left the club for Leicester City in February 2019, insisted Celtic’s 12-in-a-row feat will almost certainly never be surpassed.

Rodgers, speaking to the BBC, said: “People down here sometimes think it’s easy for Celtic – or Rangers – to win games.

“But there’s not too many teams who can go out with the pressure you have at Celtic to win every game.

“To then go and win 12 consecutive trophies, it will never be done again, I’m pretty sure.

“It’s incredible testament to the players, the likes of Scott Brown, an unbelievable captain in how he drives the team. Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, James Forrest, those guys have been amazing in that run and it typifies the mentality of the team.

“I was so happy that they did it. And also, of course, for Neil, to be the first manager in Scotland to have won a treble as both a player and manager puts him in that unique bracket.

“So, it’s an amazing achievement by all concerned and the only sadness is the supporters weren’t there to witness it.”

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