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‘SPECIAL FEELING FOLLOWING JOCK AND MARTIN,’ SAYS BRENDAN ‘VENI VIDI VICI’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS described the “special feeling” of emulating Jock Stein and Martin O’Neill after leading Celtic to the fourth treble in their history.

A late Tom Rogic goal gave Celtic a 2-1 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final to complete a clean sweep of domestic trophies and an unbeaten domestic season.

Rodgers said: “Maybe the stars were aligned this year. I remember the centenary year for Celtic and there’s just a feeling about this season.

“But don’t get me wrong, we’ve had to earn it. We’ve worked hard.”

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Stein and O’Neill are the only previous Hoops bosses to have won the treble and Rodgers said: “It’s a huge honour. I think what they’ve achieved and you see how difficult it is, the great history of this club and the great managers and players who have been here before me, it’s still a very difficult thing to do.

“To have achieved that in the first season, along with everything else that we’ve done is very humbling.

“I still get a wee bit of a funny feeling, it doesn’t sit quite right with me. Jock was a real pioneer in leading the club where they wanted to go. Martin did an incredible job here.

“History will judge me and I’ve only just begun, so when I leave here people will look at what I did. It’s been truly enjoyable and it’s a privilege to manage the club.

“It’s a real special feeling today.”

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