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  • On This Day… The Invincibles Treble

    On This Day… The Invincibles Treble

    By: Joe Donnelly on 27 May, 2020 15:01

  • WHAT can be said about Celtic’s historic and unprecedented Invincibles Treble that hasn’t been said before? Not much, admittedly, but that shouldn’t stop us underlining just how remarkable an achievement it was. Three years on to the day, it’s still difficult to appreciate the significance of the feat.

    Because not only is going an entire domestic campaign undefeated incredible, doing so by winning all three trophies, dropping just eight points in the league, finishing the campaign with 106 points, accruing 34 wins and forging a gap of 30 points between first and second place at the summit of Scotland’s top-flight broke records across the board.

    Moreover, dominating domestic football so convincingly propelled the Hoops into the seasons ahead, instilling a ruthlessness and deep-seated confidence that helped them clinch the Double and Treble Trebles of 2018 and 2019, and this year’s nine-in-a-row.

    On this day at Hampden in 2017, a ninth-minute goal from future Celt Jonny Hayes put Aberdeen in front. Two minutes later, Stuart Armstrong restored parity on the scoreboard, and so ensued an end-to-end affair for the remainder of the match.

    That is, until Tom Rogic stepped up two minutes into second half added time. I’m sure you know the rest, but here’s a reminder all the same…

    “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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