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RODGERS’ 67 TARGET

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BRENDAN RODGERS is aiming to lead Celtic to the magical 67 successive unbeaten domestic games against Motherwell at Parkhead tomorrow.

The Hoops boss has already equalled the legendary Jock Stein’s feat of winning four successive trophies when he picked up his second Betfred League Cup at the weekend.

He added that silverware to the Premiership title and Scottish Cup he claimed last season.

The 4-0 trouncing of St Johnstone on November 4 beat the previous UK best sequence of 62 games without a domestic loss held by Willie Maley’s iconic Parkhead side which was set 100 years ago.

Celtic have since added two wins over Ross County and Well and a 1-1 draw at Fir Park in midweek to hoist the tally to 66 not out.

However, Rodgers’ men still have some way to go before overtaking Steaua Bucharest’s remarkable sequence of 119 undefeated outings.

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The Romanians, led by legendary midfielder Gheorghe Hagi, were untouchable in their golden era between 1986 and 89.

They routinely hammered domestic opposition on their way to winning five consecutive league titles, three of which were claimed without losing a single game.

Their dominance also stretched into Europe where they defeated Barcelona in the 1986 European Cup Final on penalties with an all-Romanian line-up.

The showpiece encounter in Seville ended goalless after extra-time before Steaua’s international keeper Helmuth Duckadam saved four penalty-kicks in the shoot-out.

His team-mates missed their first two before Marius Lacatus and Gavril Balint held their nerve to score twice to take the trophy

Rodgers’ side have also surpassed the 63 unbeaten games achieved by Moldova’s Sheriff between 2006/08.

Their record was set during a dominant period when they won 10 consecutive league championships between 2001 and 2010.

Remarkably, Celtic have scored in every game against Scottish opposition since Rodgers took over from Ronny Deila in May 2016 – a run of 65 matches.

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