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12th May, 2018 | 2:53pm

'Bigger challenge' - Rodgers makes admission as Celtic prepare to lift league title

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes that this season has been a far bigger challenge for the Hoops than last season was.

While the Bhoys look set to win a domestic treble for the second year in a row and prepare to lift the league title against Aberdeen on Sunday, Rodgers still maintains that he faced a greater challenge this season.

“We really earned it this year,” Rodgers said, as quoted by BT Sport.

“Last year was fantastic, great and this year there was bigger scrutiny on us and expectation and arguably a bigger challenge with the teams.”

The results in the league lend credence to Rodgers’ point, as last year the Hoops went unbeaten in the league and drew only four matches, whilst this season the Bhoys have lost three league games and drawn 10.

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The challenge might have been bigger according to the Hoops boss, but the results remain the same and the Bhoys are on the verge of their second consecutive domestic treble despite not playing well for much of the season. Rodgers is correct if you look at the statistics, last season the Hoops dropped points in four league games, whilst this season it has been 13. Last season might be a record which goes on for some time, as the chances of a team going through an entire league season unbeaten again seem very slim. The team seems to have been coasting at times this season as well, only really getting themselves motivated for the bigger league games against the likes of Rangers or Aberdeen or for cup games, and Hoops fans will be hoping that the team can get themselves up for the occasion of the Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell at Hampden Park next Saturday.

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