This was a bit like Manchester City was expecting with their derby a few weeks back, and this is a title Celtic won’t forget any time soon, drubbing their hated rivals to clinch another Scottish Premiership title.
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Celtic beat Rangers 5-0 at Celtic Park in Sunday’s Old Firm Derby, clinching a seventh-straight league title in style.
Rangers are third, 13 points behind their rivals, while Aberdeen is 10 points behind the champions.
Odsonne Eduoard scored twice before James Forrest, Tom Rogic, and Callum McGregor blew the doors off the thing to build a five-goal lead by the 53rd minute.
The win is the 14th-consecutive Old Firm match without a Celtic loss over 90 minutes.
At one point, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig borrowed a police officer’s hat to celebrate a goal.
Could Steven Gerrard‘s first foray into management come against his old manager and in one of the most heated derbies in the world?
The BBC is reporting that the Liverpool legend is on the shortlist for Rangers as the Glaswegian side prepares to hire a new manager in its bid to reverse Celtic domination of the Scottish Premiership and the Old Firm Derby.
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Brendan Rodgers has engineered a marvelous run of form for Celtic, who went unbeaten in the league last season. Rodgers is also a sought-after managerial candidate for bigger jobs in Europe, and may not be at Celtic if and when Gerrard is hired by its rivals.
Either Celtic or Rangers have won the Scottish top flight title dating back to 1984-85, when champions Aberdeen were led by some guy named Alex Ferguson.
Rangers are facing a Manchester United moment this weekend, traveling to Celtic Park for a Sunday derby against Celtic which would see their rivals clinch the Premiership with a win.
Celtic has a 10-point lead on Rangers and Aberdeen, and is extremely likely to win its seventh-straight Premiership title. The record for most consecutive Scottish titles is nine, shared by Celtic (1966-74) and Rangers (1989-97).
Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run has ended at 69 matches, and it ended with a thud.
Tynecastle Park was the scene for a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Hearts, a defeat started by a 16-year-old’s first Scottish Premiership goal.
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Harry Cochrane’s his name, and his 26th minute goal gave Hearts the lead, and it was 2-0 by halftime through Kyle Lafferty, the ex-Burnley and Norwich player.
David Milinkovic scored three minutes after halftime, as the wake-up call didn’t arrive at the break, and added a penalty kick late in the match.
Celtic has a two-point lead on second-place Aberdeen with a match-in-hand. Rangers sit five-points back.
Sixty-nine games! Remarkable in any league. Here’s what Rodgers had to say:
“But I also want to congratulate my players. To have gone through 69 games and this to be their first defeat; of course it’s a sore one when you are beaten like that but they can hold their heads up. They have been absolutely amazing over those 18 months.”
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic defeated Motherwell 2-0 Sunday at Hampden Park to retain the Scottish League Cup.
The triumph saw Brendan Rodgers become the first Celtic manager since Jock Stein to win four domestic trophies in a row.
James Forrest gave Celtic the lead shortly after halftime and the game was effectively over when Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre gave away a penalty and was sent off just before the hour mark.
Moussa Dembele rolled in the spot kick to ensure Rodgers equaled the record of club legend Stein.
Say what you will about the nature of the Scottish Premiership, but there’s no denying Brendan Rodgers‘ Celtic has achieved quite the feat.
Celtic’s 3-0 win at St. Johnstone means the Bhoys have not lost in 63 matches, a new British record.
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According to the BBC’s math, Celtic has won 32 games by three or more goals during that stretch, and drawn just seven times.
The hiring of Rodgers was seen as a recipe of entertainment, good or bad, but few expected he’d be this dominant. And Rangers have proven the diagram for winning Scottish titles isn’t not simply about tossing money at big name players (though it certainly helps to be able to spend, as Celtic has).
“It’s everything. How and what it stood for before – 100 years – and Celtic holding that British record. It’s an incredible feat by the players and a wonderful example of professionalism.”
To be fair to Rodgers, his personality drove me nuts at Liverpool, but this has been quite a reclamation project (if he needed one). And Jurgen Klopp‘s record at Anfield has been on the same trajectory as Rodgers, so perhaps he needed that just as much.
The next step? Maintain its UEFA Champions League third place lead on Anderlecht and make a decent run in Europa League.
Congrats to Celtic, who’ve topped their own record set in 1917 when Willie Maley was manager.