BRENDAN RODGERS applauded the Lisbon Lions after his Celtic team eclipsed Jock Stein’s historic side’s 26-game unbeaten domestic run in the unforgettable 1966/67 season.
To mark the achievement, the Irishman received a commemorative bottle of champagne from club legend John Clark, a member of the Hoops’ greatest-ever team.
Rodgers praised his players, but insisted Big Jock’s men will always stand alone in greatness.
He said: “The 1967 season was unique in the great history of this club. It’s still celebrated now and always will be. That team are out there on their own and for John Clark to present us with this is really special.
“When you reflect on Sunday’s win over Hearts, it really shows what a difficult achievement it is to do.
“You think of the great players who have played here and the great managers who have worked here over the last 50 years.
“For that to happen, and for us to break the record and stand alone as a team, the players have opened up a new page in the history of Glasgow Celtic.
“It’s up for us to continue writing the next part of this great club’s history.”
The champions face Aberdeen tomorrow night and the Hoops boss and his players are hungry to extend their remarkable sequence of domestic results.
He said: “It’s pretty straightforward. We just continue to do what we are doing, train very hard and be super professional in our approach.
“People in the game – coaches, managers and players – will tell you it’s not an easy feat to achieve, but this group have shown a remarkable application to their work.
“Their attitude on a daily basis has allowed them to go into games prepared.
“They have been flexible in taking tactical ideas on board to produce them in the games and, ultimately, they have got their results.
“It’s a really special achievement, but we have to keep going on for as long as we can.”