Brendan Rogers’s Celtic Football Club are synonymous with trophies. They have enough trophies to fill at least one, maybe two temples of greatness, behind glass cases complete with descriptions, mementos, an occasional memento mori or two—although you can omit the latter there—but definitely trophies behind glass cases. Year in, year out, the Bhoys are on song to win at least one trophy this season, and the Scottish League Cup became trophy number 100 after Celtic shut out Aberdeen 3-0.
So far, Celtic have won 47 Scottish League Championships, 36 Scottish Cups, 16 League Cups and one European Championship, back in 1967. Celtic opened up the scoring in the 16th minute with Socceroos Tom Rogic delivering a curling volley. James Forrest made it 2-0 to the Bhoys in the 37th minute and Moussa Dembele slammed the door shut with a penalty conversion 64 minutes in.
“I’m overly pleased with the performance,” Rodgers said. “In a cup final, and after all the games we have had, to play with that composure, tactically, the team were excellent in the game. We really pressed the game aggressively and we showed our quality when we had the ball. I was pleased to see us play with that calmness and, apart from that 10-minute spell in the second half, which you expect when Aberdeen had to throw everything, in the main, we controlled the game very well.
“I am delighted for the football club. It’s about six months to the week I came in and we talked about what we wanted to achieve and how we wanted to do it and we are certainly well on our way to doing that. I was very pleased with the performance. We have had a lot of games following Champions League games and done very well, plus I know the conditioning of the players. Aberdeen had two games in 30 days, and obviously had the full week to prepare, but if you look at the intensity and physicality of my team, it really demonstrates how hard and how well they are working on a day-to-day basis and how well they can recover for games.
“It’s something tangible to show. Everyone has talked about the great start and the great football, but you want something to show for it. This was our first chance and I felt they were magnificent. We have a huge job to do here to sustaining this and building on it. But at this moment in time, of course, after six months it’s a great achievement.”
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Celtic||12||11||1||0||35||8||+27||34||Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round|
|2||Rangers||14||7||5||2||19||14||+5||26||Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round|
|4||Heart of Midlothian||14||6||5||3||27||17||+10||23|
|9||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||15||3||5||7||21||29||−8||14|
|11||Kilmarnock||14||3||5||6||12||24||−12||14||Qualification to Premiership play-off final|
|12||Partick Thistle||14||3||4||7||16||21||−5||13||Relegation to Scottish Championship|
On the Premiership Table, Celtic are 11-1-0 through 12 games (34 points), eight clear of Rangers. The Bhoys have also won their last five league contests. Celtic may not be heading off to the Europa League due to being placed in a tough group in the UEFA Champions League, but they will be keen to maintain their domestic league form next weekend away to Motherwell on Dec. 3.