By Matt Farr
Paul Lambert has hailed the influence of Brendan Rodgers since his arrival at Celtic at the start of the season.
Rodgers masterminded a 2-0 win over Old Firm rivals Rangers at Hampden on Sunday to book Celtic’s place in the Scottish Cup Final, and retain their hopes of winning a domestic treble.
The former Liverpool boss has already seen his Celtic side cruise to the Scottish Premiership title with plenty games to spare, where they now boast a 24-point lead over second-placed Aberdeen.
Celtic are also 33-points clear of Rangers, as they prepare to face off against their Old Firm rivals for a sixth time in a week’s time.
Wolves manager Lambert, who made 273 appearances for Celtic, believes that Rodgers has been ‘absolutely fantastic’ for the Scottish giants this season, insisting that the job is not as easy as it looks.
Lambert told Sky Sports 2’s live coverage of the game post-match:
“The achievement he has done is brilliant, it’s absolutely fantastic. Everybody thinks it’s really easy, but it’s a difficult to play at, and it’s a difficult club to manage, because the expectation is they have to win.
“So the achievement of what he’s done has been absolutely brilliant. I’m pretty sure he’ll want to finish it off by winning the Scottish Cup. They’re going to have to play well to do it, but he’s done brilliantly.”
Rodgers can become the first manager since Martin O’Neill to win a domestic treble for Celtic, which O’Neill achieved during the 2000-01 season.
However, Rodgers can go one better than O’Neill and finish the entire domestic campaign unbeaten, with Celtic having dropped just three points this season.