By Danny Wright

6th Mar, 2017 | 12:44pm

Rodgers delivers massive Rangers dig: This is best Scottish team Celtic have played against

By Danny Wright

Brendan Rodgers has labelled St Mirren as the best Scottish side Celtic have played against all season.

The Buddies took a surprise lead against Rodgers’ team in the Scottish Cup on Sunday before eventually succumbing to a 4-1 defeat at Celtic Park.

The 44-year-old has since said that the Buddies, who are currently bottom of the Championship, have performed better against the Hoops than any of the Scottish Premiership sides have this season.

His radical admission means that he has shrugged off the challenges of Aberdeen and Rangers with relative ease this season and that he is not concerned by his top-flight rivals.

“St Mirren are the best team that we’ve played domestically and that’s including the Premiership,” said Rodgers, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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“I know they’re at the bottom of the Championship. I know Jack Ross has gone in there and he’s done a fantastic job. You can see that in the team.

“They’re very well coached, very well organised, got good mobility, good speed and they can cause you a problem.”

Despite going behind in the 13th minute, Celtic struggled to get back into the game against a stubborn St Mirren and had to wait until the 58th minute when Michael Lustig breached the visiting defence.

Scott Sinclair scored just a minute late as the floodgates seemingly opened.

Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths rounded off the win which sees them meet Old Firm rivals Rangers in the semi-finals of the cup competition.

The Bhoys are closing in on a domestic treble with each game they play.

With the league cup secured and a sixth consecutive league title all-but won, Rangers, and the winner of either Aberdeen or cup holders Hibernian, are all that stand in the way of them lifting the Scottish Cup.

In other Celtic news, fans have reacted on Twitter to their club being drawn against Rangers in the semi-final of the cup.

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