BRENDAN RODGERS revealed today’s Betfred League Cup Final triumph over Aberdeen was the “most satisfying” of his seven successive trophies.
The Celtic manager won his 22nd consecutive domestic Cup game after Ryan Christie’s first-half stoppage-time goal proved to be the only strike of a fiercely-competitive encounter against old foes Aberdeen.
Rodgers has already racked up back-to-back trebles since arriving at Parkhead as Ronny Deila’s successor in May 2016.
This afternoon’s victory at wet and windy Hampden has set up the Irishman for a remarkable treble treble.
The seven-in-a-row champions are already favourites for the Premiership title, despite losing top place to Rangers earlier in the day when a controversial Alfredo Morelos goal gave Steven Gerrard’s side a 2-1 win over Hearts at Tynecastle.
THAT WINNING FEELING…matchwinner Ryan Christie holds aloft the League Cup. Pic: Geo.
Rodgers, who had to revitalise his players following their Europa League win against Rosenborg in Trondheim on Thursday, said: “We played against a tough team at the end of a tough week.
“Probably of all the trophies that we’ve won, this is the most satisfying because it wasn’t an easy start to the season for us.
“The players showed that mentality and strength and talent. They’ve got big hearts and now another trophy.”
Matchwinner Christie, who spent 18 months on loan on loan at Pittodrie before returning to Parkhead in the summer, has been a revelation since he was introduced to the side eight games ago.
Rodgers added: “I said to him that’s the football gods. Aberdeen played a big part in his development.
“He’s come back and shown he’s ready to be a Celtic performer and, in the last two months, he’s been amazing. He deserves the Man of the Match.
“When I first came up here, he used to be Charlie Christie’s son and now Charlie is known as Ryan Christie’s dad.”