Brendan Rodgers names his 'satisfaction' ahead of Celtic's Scottish Cup final showdown with Rangers

A picture of Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers (right) with Rangers manager Philippe Clement
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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed his belief that clinching a league and cup double would be a fitting tribute to the resilience his squad has shown throughout the season. Having secured the Premiership title with a match to spare, Celtic are poised to cap off their season with potential Scottish Cup glory as they prepare to take on fierce rivals Rangers in the final on Saturday.

This comes shortly after Rodgers' side effectively clinched the league title with a 2-1 victory over Rangers at Celtic Park. Earlier in the year, Rangers, under the guidance of new manager Philippe Clement, had closed an eight-point gap, putting pressure on Celtic amidst a series of lacklustre performances and a spate of injuries that threatened their Premiership defence.

However, Rodgers has praised his team's turnaround, highlighting their impressive form over the past couple of months and commending his players for navigating through those tough times, reports the Daily Record. Speaking to the press before the final, Rodgers remarked: "We come into the game in an ideal condition as we have been on fire in the last few months and have been playing really well. There were lots of challenges for us at the beginning of the season when we played every three or four days with really important players missing.

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"But over the course of the season as the pressure moments have built up, the players have been absolutely superb in how they have dealt with that. We arrive having won the league in a really good way and are in good condition for the game."

Having already led his Celtic side to league success, the gaffer is now keen on adding another feather to his cap by securing this trophy. But he's quick to point out that it's not just about personal accolades for him - it's about what it brings to the faithful Hoops supporters.

He elaborated: "You can never have that arrogance. We have humility in how we work and respect every opponent that we play, whether it is Rangers or Raith or whoever. We have to prepare for the game. For me personally, the satisfaction (of winning the double) would suffice, but it's more about you give other people. It's everything for the supporters as they live their life for Celtic, especially in a Celtic v Rangers game. To be able to deliver that for them would be great."

"For the players, it would be a reward for their discipline this season. Discipline is one of the key elements of not just the football on the pitch, but off the pitch. We stay focused and true to our game and the players have got the rewards as the season has gone on. For me it would add another trophy but it's always been about the satisfaction other people will get."

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