CELTIC superfan Sir Rod Stewart has had a cheeky sideswipe at Brendan Rodgers ahead of this afternoon’s Betfred League Cup Final.

The 74-year-old singer is looking forward to the Hampden showdown as Neil Lennon takes his team back to the ground of so many recent successes to face Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit.

The Hoops are a mere 90 minutes away from a historic tenth successive domestic honour following their domination of Scottish soccer in the previous three seasons.

Sir Rod is convinced this favourites can continue on their silverware trail and, of course, was in Rome to cheer on the side when they overcame Lazio 2-1 in the Europa League Group E encounter to notch their first win on Italian soil in 13 attempts.

Lennon could lift his third trophy on his return to the club today and the veteran crooner couldn’t resist a barbed dig at his predecessor ahead of the big game.

Rodgers made a rapid departure from Parkhead for Leicester City in February before Lennon returned to secure the treble treble.

Diehard supporter Stewart, speaking to BT Sport, said: “I think I said to Neil Lennon, or maybe Scott Brown, three months ago that this team has got something special.

“It hasn’t quite reached fruition yet, but as we proved against Rennes, that was a severe beating, and we didn’t have a lot of our first-team players.

“Three Scottish boys, young Scottish boys scored, if we keep playing the way we are playing then I don’t think anybody can stop us.

“They are playing sweet football, not all that tippy-tappy around the back four like it used to be, going backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, across the back three or four.

“What was his name? He used to be the manager before Neil?”

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