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THE MANAGER SPEAKS

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BRENDAN RODGERS admitted Celtic are “one game away from a real historic season” after reaching next month’s Scottish Cup Final.

A Callum McGregor strike and Scott Sinclair’s penalty were enough to beat Sevco Rangers 2-0 and book a place against Aberdeen in the May 27 grand finale.

With the Premiership and League Cup already secured, Rodgers’ side are on course for their first treble since 2001.

The Parkhead boss said: “That’ll be a really good Final.

“I’m sure if we can play as well as we did in the League Cup Final against them, or like we did today, it could be a great day for us, but there’s a lot of work to do between now and then.

“We’re playing against a very, very good team with an outstanding manager in Derek McInnes. 

“He’s done an outstanding job and we’ve always had difficult games against them.

“But we prepare ourselves to win, we don’t think about losing. Our plan is to win games and we find ways to do that.

“We’re one game away from a real historic season.

“We’ve got Ibrox on Saturday and that’s another big game for us.

“But we enjoyed our last visit there, it should be a good atmosphere and if we can play like today then I’ll be really happy.”

Leigh Griffiths won Celtic’s second-half penalty after replacing the injured Moussa Dembele in the first-half.

Rodgers added: “We’ll get Moussa scanned, but it looks like a hamstring injury.

“We had the ideal guy to come on, someone who is always a threat, gets his shots on target – from 25 metres out there’s not many better – he looks like he’ll score in every game he plays, and he made a great run in our counter-attack that led to our penalty.

“In general, we were outstanding. We deservedly went one-nil up, had other opportunities, restricted Rangers (sic) to very few efforts.

“Young Callum McGregor was brilliant, really, really good and technically gifted and it was a wonderful goal he scored.

“Everyone’s delighted, it’s one of the best team performances we’ve had all season.

“Before the game, we said to ourselves if we set out the first 10 minutes at 100 per cent, keep the ball and create chances, there’s no doubt we’ll win the game.”

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