Celtic on rise after running Hoops round hapless Gers
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.