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SCOTT BROWN complimented his Celtic team-mates on “a very professional” display as they kept on track for the treble.

The champions overcame Sevco Rangers 2-0 with goals from Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair to set up a Scottish Cup Final meeting with Aberdeen at Hampden on May 27.

Brown, who put in a Man of the Match show, said: “It was a very professional performance.

“We knew if we turned up then we would win the game and we’ve done that.

“In the first-half, we kept the ball and gave them no chances and we could have scored two or three.

“To be honest, the fans and the players gave everything and we deserve to be in the Final.

“I wasn’t surprised we were in control in the first-half. I expected it to be like that.

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“We know when we turn up that our game is unbelievable. The gaffer, Brendan Rodgers, has taken us to a new level and the lads have all responded really well to that.”

The 31-year-old midfield powerhouse admitted the Hoops got the second goal via the penalty spot at just the right time shortly after the interval.

Brown said: “Leigh Griffiths’ pace is phenomenal and he got caught by their defender (James Tavernier).

“Scott Sinclair was under a lot of pressure, but he managed to put the ball in the back of the net. Just!

“We need to turn up every game. Our fans expect us to put on a show for them and we’ve done that again today.

“We’ve got six games left now and we need to make sure we turn up for every single one of them.”

Brendan Rodgers’ men collected their first trophy of the season in November when they walloped Aberdeen 3-0 in the League Cup Final.

However, Brown expects to get it tough when the champions meet the same opponents in the Scottish Cup grand finale next month.

He added: “Aberdeen are a great team and they showed how well they can play against Hibs.

“But we’re a great team, too, and we’re all looking forward to the Final.

“We play five games before that, but we’ll take every game as it comes.”
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