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RODGERS’ TREBLE YELL

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BRENDAN RODGERS is planning a historic third successive Scottish Cup triumph as he prepares Celtic for the last-16 encounter against St Johnstone at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon.

The Irishman is aiming for his 24th successive triumph in a domestic competition which will be yet another first for the club.and the tournament.

It will also put the champions on course for an unprecedented treble treble.during Rodgers’ reign at the club since arriving as Ronny Deila’s successor in May 2016.

The Hoops gaffer said: “It is a big ambition because I’m here to win and win as many trophies as I possibly can.

“There have been two great Cup Final days for us and we want to get into the next round to have that opportunity to win it again. But we will have to earn it at the weekend.

“It is a great tribute to the players. We have tried to teach them not to be relaxed.

THE CUP THAT CHEERS…Brendan Rodgers with the silverware following Celtic’s 2-0 win over Motherwell last season. Pic: Geo.

“You always have to prepare well and, as coaching staff and manager, you have to give that detail in preparation so the players will feel that it is a big game, give them that clear purpose going into the game and then they can go and express themselves.

“And the demands at Celtic are to win, to win well, and over my period here that is what the players have done and the ambition is to continue with that.”

The Perth outfit are facing the champions for the third time in 12 days and have lost the previous confrontation by 2-0 in Glasgow and McDiarmid Park.

Boss Tommy Wright said: “If they are not disappointed they shouldn’t be here and if they’re not going to be ready for tomorrow then they shouldn’t be here

“Players have got to man up and deal with it and not feel sorry for themselves. I think the group we have got have never really felt for themselves.

“So, they will be ready come Sunday.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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