'The stars were aligned' for Celtic - Brendan Rodgers

Tuesday, 30 May, 2017

When Tom Rogic popped up with a late victor at Hampden Park, Celtic captured the Scottish Cup, their historic treble, and the unbeaten season in one swoop and there are going to be wild celebrations in Glasgow after such a ridiculously successful first season for Brendan Rodgers.

The 24-year-old found the net in the dying seconds of stoppage time at Hampden Park to give the Bhoys a 2-1 victory over Aberdeen in the final of the Scottish Cup.

In an open and thrilling encounter at Hampden Park, winger Jonny Hayes volleyed the Dons into the lead in the ninth minute only for Parkhead midfielder Stuart Armstrong to level two minutes later.

Lewis' efforts ultimately proved fruitless, though as, in the 92nd minute, Rogic - at the end of a superb run - produced a fine finish to send the Hoops' faithful into raptures and deliver Celtic's first domestic treble since 2001.

Rodgers knows Celtic are still miles behind the Champions League heavyweights in terms of financial muscle in the same way that they are streets ahead of the rest in Scotland. "The cup final, there's a lot of nerves in it". At the start of the season the gaffer has come in and changed the philosophy.

"We'll try", he said.

"We've worked hard for each other and that's the rewards we get". "We put it off about ten days ago because I didn't want it to effect the preparation for the cup final".

"I've only just begun really".

That's 47 games domestically unbeaten - it's an incredible achievement by them.

"I saw that [link] during the week and I think he is absolutely ideal for it", said Rodgers.

"It's the best feeling and it's going to last a long, long time".

"So we'll go away now, some of the players will rest, some have global games, but we'll be back in again and we'll look to go again".

With 64 minutes on the clock, Patrick Roberts smashed the upright as Celtic cranked up the pressure and Dedryck Boyata was then presented with a chance but blasted a powerful header over the bar.

But, speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT on Friday, McInnes insisted he is happy at Aberdeen and his only focus is on beating Celtic this weekend.

The only side to manage more top-flight league wins in the history of Scottish top-tier football was Rangers in 1920-21, when they won 35 in a 42-game season.

Midway through the first half, Tierney required lengthy treatment for a facial injury after a challenge by Aberdeen striker Jayden Stockley near the touchline - it looked as if an arm was used - and had to be replaced by Rogic with McGregor dropping to left back.

"I don't think so much about that", said Rodgers.