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Rodgers lauds Celtic’s unbeaten season – ‘I’m not sure it will happen again in my lifetime’

Date Posted,May 21, 2017

Brendan Rodgers planted a smacker on the cheek of Leigh Griffiths in midweek. On Sunday the Parkhead punters showed their affection for the Celtic boss.

They came to pay homage to the Lisbon Lions – and celebrate the class of 2017 who provided their own tribute by etching their own place in the record books.

An unbeaten league season. The Invincibles. It was never in doubt against Hearts. It was hardly in doubt against anyone else this season.

Played 38, won 34, drawn four. Lost? None.

The last time a Scottish club went through a campaign without defeat Victoria was on the throne and Celtic had not yet swapped their stripes for hoops.

Rodgers and Celtic captain Scott Brown (Photo: PA)

Now Rodgers reigns supreme in Scotland. Never mind those who scoff at the standard of the opposition. It is quite a feat and one unlikely ever to be repeated.

No one laid a glove on Celts this season and some of the football Rodgers has brought north of the border has been knockout.

One by one the squad took the acclaim of a full house, but the loudest cheer was reserved for their 44-year-old manager from Carnlough, Co Antrim.

The man who has given a famous club the kiss of life, a club that reciprocated by reviving his reputation following his Liverpool exit.

Rodgers said: “I’m not so sure it will happen again in my lifetime. You just look at when it was done before – in the 1890s and it was only an 18-game season.

“This is a 38-game season and with so many variables in football, that’s what makes it a brilliant achievement. Whether it will be done again, it’s out there for everyone to have a go at. We’ll have a go at it again next year.

“It is fitting that the team could honour the Lisbon Lions’ 50th anniversary by playing in a way synonymous with that great Celtic team. That’s important.

“My ambition is for the club. I’m proud that in two of my last three seasons as a manager, my teams have scored over 100 goals.

Celtic celebrate with the trophy (Photo: PA)

“I’m proud that my philosophy of attacking with aggression and entertaining supporters is followed through. I wouldn’t want to do that anywhere more special than here.

“It’s an incredible club and a special feeling I have here, being a supporter.” It was Rodgers’ usual suspects who drove them to victory yesterday.

Griffiths got a telling off after his strop at being subbed at Partick. But a kiss from the gaffer did the trick and he did his talking on the pitch with an expert second-half header.

The striker may have felt frustration this term with niggling injuries and Moussa Dembele hogging the limelight, but 18 goals in 21 starts speaks for itself.

Celtic’s Scott Sinclair with girlfriend Helen Flanagan (Photo: SNS Group)

Stuart Armstrong nabbed the second and it was almost too easy for Celtic. As it has been for most of the season. In truth, the party went flat once the game began.

Mind you, the pre-match display was something else. The entire ground was covered as 60,000 saluted their greatest-ever side on the 50th anniversary of their finest hour.

But it was almost as if the game was obstructing the real celebrations. With the goals dispatched, Rodgers and his heroes got their reward.

They received a public display of affection as they lifted the Premiership trophy and the silverware was sealed in true Rodgers’ style – with a kiss.

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