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  • The Story Of… Tom’s Invincibles Treble thunderbolt

    The Story Of… Tom’s Invincibles Treble thunderbolt

    By: Joe Donnelly on 26 Mar, 2020 17:01

  • 'The Story Of' is a web series dedicated to small but special tales from Celtic’s illustrious history. Here, we look at Tom Rogic's thunder-provoking cup final winner of the 2016/17 season. 

    TOM Rogic has a penchant for scoring world-class goals, but few have been as important as his last-gasp Scottish Cup final matchwinner in 2017.

    Into the second minute of second half injury-time, and Celtic found themselves tied 1-1 with Aberdeen, hurtling towards extra-time and the looming possibility of penalty kicks. Undefeated domestically for the entirety of the campaign up to that point, a win would see the Paradise side clinch the seemingly impossible Invincibles Treble.

    With the rain pummelling down at the National Stadium, it was future Celt Jonny Hayes who’d sought to spoil the party after just nine minutes when his fine left-foot volley put the Dons in front. Two minutes later, though, Stuart Armstrong brought his side level with an equally impressive 20-yarder that nestled into the far-right corner of the net.  

    From there, it wasn’t always the prettiest of games. Both sides played with caution and defended well, with Joe Lewis and Craig Gordon making a series of fine saves in their respective goals. Patrick Roberts hit the post in the final stretch of the game, and Scott Sinclair was unlucky not to make more of an in-swinging Leigh Griffiths cross in front of goal.

    And then with 92 minutes on the clock, Tom Rogic – on as a first-half substitute for the injured Kieran Tierney – changed the course of history.

    The Wizard of Aus collected the ball in the middle third, bound towards the Aberdeen goal, strolled past two opposition players and tucked the ball beyond Lewis at his near post. A flash of lightning and boom of thunder was drowned out by the ecstatic green and white end of Hampden, and this Hoops team had written themselves into Celtic folklore.

    “It all happened so quickly and it’s just an amazing feeling,” Rogic told the Celtic View after the game. “It’s so hard to put into words. It hasn’t even sunk in yet. To go undefeated all season and win the treble is remarkable. It’s an amazing and proud moment for me. I didn’t realise how long we had left when I hit the ball, I just can’t describe it.

    “That’s the best feeling I have ever had in football, without a doubt. It was something special. It’s the stuff you dream of, scoring in the last minute of the game to seal the treble and to do it with such a great bunch of lads.

    "The first half, we maybe didn’t play as well as we could have, but in the second half we had chance after chance and showed our quality.

    “The fans know what it means more than anyone. We have worked hard all season and to do the domestic treble and go unbeaten all season is something special. It’s hard to describe.

    “To keep up that consistency for the whole season just shows what an amazing achievement it is. We have been working hard from the very first day of pre-season through to today. It’s nothing less than we deserved, and the manager, the backroom staff and everyone in the squad deserves credit as they have all played a part in it.”

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