ABERDEEN supporters will be bemused to read their manager’s comments about Celtic heading towards a second consecutive treble under Brendan Rodgers.
Derek McInnes has now face Rodgers’ Celtic on 8 occasions – including two cup finals – and has lost every time.
Last month supporters of all the other Scottish Premiership sides would have take some hope and comfort from the 4-0 thumping Celtic suffered at Tynecastle and it certainly looked like a blue-print had been presented to the rest of the league by Craig Levein who revealed that he had deployed the same tactics that Anderlecht had used in their 1-0 Champions League win at Celtic Park a few weeks earlier.
But when McInnes took his side to Parkhead just after Hearts ended the Champions’ unbeaten domestic run at 69 games, it was the same old story for Aberdeen as Celtic simply swept them aside.
Now the Pittodrie boss has admitted that it is going to be tough for any of the sides to stop Celtic winning a second treble.
In doing so he has challenged his own players to deny Brendan Rodgers’ men such an historic achievement.
No Scottish club has ever won back-to-back Trebles and the Aberdeen boss, who last month rejected the chance to manage Rangers, reckons Celtic financial strength means they should be odds-on for all the honours – and it may feel like a failure if they don’t succeed.
“Celtic are so far ahead resources-wise that I think it will be disappointing to them if they don’t win a Treble,” McInnes said.
“They should be favourites in every domestic competition. Huge favourites.
“It’s up to the rest to find a way to stop that and get our own clubs winning something. That’s the challenge for us all.“They lost their unbeaten domestic run recently, but it doesn’t give us any extra confidence as we’re always pretty confident ahead of games against them.
“We know we have to be near our best to get a result, while that doesn’t need to be the case for Celtic. They have the quality to put you to the sword.
“But in our recent game at Parkhead we were unfortunate to go in at half-time 1-0 down. We did a lot of what we wanted to do really well.
“However, it’s hard to sustain it and its hard to keep the belief and motivation going when they take the lead.”