Brendan Rodgers: Focus is key if Celtic are to rewrite history

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City and Craig Gardner of Birmingham City compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Birmingham City at Carrow Road

Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City and Craig Gardner of Birmingham City compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Birmingham City at Carrow Road

Manager Jose Mourinho had visited Hampden Park last month to watch Scotland's global friendly against Costa Rica in a scouting mission for Tierney, who foiled his plans after withdrawing from the squad - as per the Daily Mail.

"The history is enormous at this club and what we did past year was historic", said the Parkhead boss.

The 20-year-old - with nine senior global caps - would prove to be a versatile option for United as he can also operate as a centre back.

If Rodgers' side defeat Hibernian at Easter Road on Saturday, they will retain their Premiership crown, and take a step closer to becoming the first side to win back-to-back trebles, having successfully defended the League Cup last November, beating Motherwell 2-0 in the final.

"From the first goal we had really good control throughout the game".

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Rangers were passive opponents at Hampden, with Celtic quickly and effectively getting the measure of their game-plan to flood the centre of the pitch.

The win was all but wrapped up five minutes into the second half when Dembele burst down the left wing and cut inside before being pulled to the ground by McCrorie, who was shown a straight red card before the Frenchman chipped the penalty cheekily past Foderingham.

Rodgers, who has won six out of six games at Hampden since taking over at the Glasgow club in 2016 and is unbeaten in nine Old Firm games, is aware of what could be achieved but is looking no further than the weekend. "I have faith in the team and our model and the way we work".

"They looked like they were trying to block the middle but that gave us space down the side", he continued.

"However, for me, Dembele just edges it going into these games".

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