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History-maker: Brendan Rodgers leads Celtic to historic double treble with Scottish Cup win over Motherwell

Brendan Rodgers has led Celtic to two domestic trebles in a row.

The never-before-achieved feat was complete when Rodgers' Bhoys saw out a 2-0 success over Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park on Saturday afternoon.

Carnlough man Rodgers arrived in Glasgow in summer 2016 and has since won every domestic trophy on offer; two League Cups, two Scottish Premiership titles and now two Scottish Cups.

Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham bagged the goals as Celtic beat a Motherwell side managed by Northern Irishman Stephen Robinson and including NI keeper Trevor Carson.

In a dominant display, McGregor fired the Hoops ahead in the 11th minute and fellow midfielder Ntcham doubled that lead after 25 minutes with a 25-yard drive.

Rodgers' side remained in control for the most part against their hard-working but outclassed opponents to also complete the cup double over Well, whom they beat 2-0 in the Betfred Cup final in November.

The historic victory also made it eight wins out of eight at the national stadium for Rodgers since taking over in 2016, a record which bodes well for next season  when the Parkhead club will look to continue their domination of the Scottish game, currently underpinned by seven successive Ladbrokes Premiership titles.

Motherwell's undoubted enthusiasm shone from the first whistle.

However, they had first cause to worry as early as the sixth minute when Hoops midfielder Tom Rogic, who scored the winner in last year's final against Aberdeen and who had signed a new five-year deal in midweek, fired a 20-yard shot wide of the target.

The first blow that Well suffered came soon enough.

Lanarkshire concern turned to distress when defender Tom Aldred's header from a Mikael Lustig cross was pounced on by McGregor who brought the ball under control and from 20 yards sent a right-footed shot flying past keeper Trevor Carson.

Minutes later, the Fir Park men were glad to see Parkhead striker Moussa Dembele lifted a Kieran Tierney cut-back over the bar.

However, the second goal was not long in arriving.

When Ntcham walked on to a Dembele lay-off outside the penalty area he drilled the ball low past Carson and into the corner of the net with the help of a slight deflection.

Celtic were matching Motherwell's renowned physicality and their quality was coming to the fore.

Stephen Robinson's side had to defend desperately as the Hoops came at them from all angles, a Rogic shot from 16 yards after another attack just too weak to trouble Carson.

Motherwell striker Curtis Main had lofted an effort over the Celtic bar and forced a good save from returning Hoops keeper Craig Gordon two minutes after the restart, to hint at a comeback.

Celtic retained a threat in their pacey and direct attacks and in the 70th minute, following a McGregor cross from the right, Carson made a fantastic save from Dembele powerful close-range header then saved the Frenchman's second attempt, a drive, with his foot.

Motherwell's spirit was admirable in the latter stages.

Substitute Gael Bigirimana, on for captain Carl McHugh in the 54th minute, cracked the woodwork with a free-kick from 25 yards with 10 minutes remaining.

Celtic, however, might have increased their lead with more diligence in their breaks but that was academic as the final, greeted by roars from the vast Parkhead support, confirmed the double domestic treble for the first time in Scotland.

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