Celtic on rise af­ter run­ning Hoops round hap­less Gers

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

SKIP­PER Scott Brown in­sists Celtic are “go­ing to get bet­ter” af­ter they clinched a sev­enth suc­ces­sive Lad­brokes Pre­mier­ship ti­tle with a 5-0 win over Rangers at Park­head.

Rangers, who lost 4-0 to Celtic in the Wil­liam Hill Scot­tish Cup semi-fi­nal two weeks ago, were swept away again on a day of cel­e­bra­tion in the east end of Glas­gow.

Od­sonne Edouard, the 20-year-old French striker on loan from Paris St Ger­main, scored a first-half dou­ble with James For­rest net­ting a third be­fore the break.

Mid­field­ers Tom Rogic and Cal­lum McGre­gor added sec­ond-half goals as the Hoops recorded their big­gest league win over their ri­vals.

Bren­dan Rodgers’ side are now a Scot­tish Cup Fi­nal win over Mother­well away from recording suc­ces­sive do­mes­tic tre­bles for the first time ever and Brown, who has won eight ti­tles with Celtic since sign­ing from Hiber­nian in 2007, said: “We are go­ing to get bet­ter. There is a lot more time now to fo­cus on train­ing.

“We can work on tac­tics a lot more, work on how we are go­ing to press teams be­cause some­times when it is Satur­day-Wed­nes­daySatur­day it is hard to make sure you get that con­sis­tency into train­ing to work on our for­ma­tion and style of play.

“It was all about the way we played. Take noth­ing away from Rangers, we were out­stand­ing from start to fin­ish.

“Ev­ery sin­gle player worked as hard as they could and gave ev­ery­thing in the game and we knew we wanted to win it and that’s what we man­aged to do.

“We would have taken a cou­ple of more goals but 5-0 at home to win the league is out­stand­ing.”

Rodgers claimed the league ti­tle win was bet­ter than last year, when they went un­beaten in 38 games.

Celtic have lost to Hearts, Kil­marnock and Hiber­nian this sea­son but the for­mer Liver­pool boss said: “This ti­tle is def­i­nitely bet­ter than last year even though we went un­beaten last year.

“OK, there was ex­pec­ta­tion, of course, but to then have had that sea­son and to come into this sea­son with vir­tu­ally very lit­tle break, and to go and per­form like we have done for quite a num­ber of games un­der pres­sure, we have done re­ally well.”

SCOTT Brown was awarded the PFA Player of the Year last night.

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