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RODGERS AIMS FOR MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

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CELTIC are heading for Seventh Heaven under the reign of Brendan Rodgers after their 3-0 triumph over Hearts set up a Betfred League Cup Final meeting with Aberdeen on December 2.

Shortly after the Hoops had routed Craig Levein’s outfit in Edinburgh, the Dons took care of business against Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side at Hampden where a Lewis Ferguson header sealed their victory.

Rodgers has won the six domestic trophies available since he arrived at Parkhead in May 2016 and he now has the magnificent seven in his sights in just over a month’s time.

The Hoops boss said: “You’re judged on the pitch. The games we lost domestically earlier in the season, I take responsibility for that, thinking about changing the team going into important European games.

“Still, we weren’t quite in our flow at that time. As the season goes on there’s development in the team and you can see it now in terms of the efficiency and creativity within it.

“In the last three games, we’ve created chances. Some we’ve taken. Here we didn’t take all of them. The Hearts keeper made some great saves and we wasted some of them.

“Defensively, we were very strong and not in too much trouble and I think we’re returning to the level we want to be at.

“But there’s still an awful lot of work to do. We were a bit static first-half, but second-half they were great and deserve to be in the Final.

“We knew it would be tough because Hearts have started very well.

“But we know when we bring our game we can be a threat for any team.”

Rodgers won his first trophy as Celtic gaffer against the Pittodrie outfit – the club’s 100th major piece of silverware – in the same competition.

On that occasion, goals from Tom Rogic, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele (penalty) gave them a 3-0 triumph six months after his arrival.

The club followed that up with a 2-1 Scottish Cup Final triumph over the same opponents at the end of his debut season when Rogic scored his memorable stoppage-time winner.

Now Rodgers is looking for the hat-trick against the Pittodrie side as he attempts to guide the team to an amazing treble treble.

 
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