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CAN RODGERS OUTSHINE STEIN AND O’NEILL?

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BRENDAN RODGERS is on course to follow Jock Stein and Martin O’Neill and become the third Celtic manager to guide the team to a domestic clean sweep.

But the Irishman can trump their achievement by taking the Hoops to treble silverware success by going through the campaign unbeaten.

Even Stein’s Lisbon Lions were defeated twice in the league during their unforgettable 1966/67 season – losing home and away to Dundee United, both by 3-2.

Those who witnessed the rampant 6-0 Scottish Cup triumph over Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday were left asking the inevitable question: Who can stop Rodgers’ men?

The player who was in the spotlight once again was Moussa Dembele, who took just 14 minutes of playing time on either side of the interval to wrap up his second hat-trick in seven days.

Remember, too, he managed the feat in 24 minutes last week when he came on against St Johnstone in the 5-2 win. Six goals in 38 minutes is simply phenomenal finishing by any standards.

The 20-year-old French ace’s 26 goals to date outstrips Henrik Larsson’s total of 19 in his debut season and there is still much football to play.

Winger James Forrest, who was involved in four of the Hoops’ six goals against the Highlanders, said: “It’s great to have a player like Moussa.

“You give him a chance and you know he’ll score. He can score goals out of nothing, as well. He’s a great player and we’re really lucky to have him.

“He just seems to keep scoring. Even when he’s not been in the game for a while, he gets half a chance and he’ll score with his first touch.

“When you know things aren’t going your way, if he can get a chance you know he’ ll put it away.

“He’s on 26 now and he could easily hit 40.”

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