Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes that winning the treble again this season would eclipse the achievement of last term.

The Parkhead manager oversaw a historic campaign in his inaugural year at the club as he enjoyed a clean sweep of the silverware on offer without losing a solitary domestic game.

This season Celtic have struggled to maintain the same level. Yet, they have lost just two domestic games and the fact they have done so while playing 14 European games places just where they are in context for Rodgers.

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With the League Cup already banked and the league a formality, if they add the Scottish Cup to their haul it would pen another chapter into the history books of Scottish football as back-to-back trebles have never been done before.

“If it was to be done this year it would be better,” said the Celtic manager in terms of the possibility. You think last year was the first time in the history of the club for it to be done which was absolutely remarkable.

“For this year, it’s felt as if it’s near enough the standard – the Treble.

“It’s incredible really to think that is the case but actually there’s a possibility of it.

“But you can’t emotionally look too deep into it. That’s the other thing. But there’s no doubt that if we finish this season with that it trumps last year’s. No doubt.

“Because of expectations, the scrutiny, the added pressure to it. Last year we weren’t even expected to get to the Champions League.

“Now we’re expected to compete and win Europa Leagues. This year the players have been great. Yes, maybe they haven’t quite hit the heights of last season but we’re still on the upward curve here and are still developing and improving.

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“With so many young players, it’s a really exciting time.

“It was always going to be difficult to recreate what we did last year. On the back of the recovery the players had which was minimum, it was probably impossible to recreate that.

“If we did exactly the same this year, it probably wouldn’t have the same feeling as last year.

“But if someone would have said to me at the beginning of the season that you are sat here having reached the Champions League, got to the last 32 of the Europa League, won a League 10 and be 10 points clear with a game in hand and in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, I’d have snapped your hand off.”