Brendan Rodgers demands Celtic focus


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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has urged his players to keep their focus on the next game, rather than landing a domestic treble.

The Parkhead club overcame Rangers 4-0 at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup semi-finals over the weekend and will be confirmed as Premiership champions if they win at Hibernian next Saturday.

Celtic are 1.60 to win at Easter Road, Hibs can be backed at 5.50 and a draw is 3.80.

Celtic are on the verge of becoming the first team to record back-to-back domestic trebles and Rodgers insists they cannot afford to lose focus.

The Glasgow giants will come up against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup final, the same opponents they beat to claim the League Cup earlier in the campaign.

Celtic recorded a 2-0 win over Well in their previous final meeting but Rodgers is expecting a different test when they face off at Hampden on May 27.

“I’m always one where the mantra is the next game. We are in the final now and that won’t be an easy game when you look at Motherwell. That’s two cups finals we’ll be playing them in this season,” he told reporters.

“That’s a totally different game again with their physicality and they are a very honest team that work very hard, But we know that when we turn up and play it gives us a great chance. But we know we have a job to do now.

“We have to finish off the league campaign. We are in a really good position there, but have five tough games to finish. But we want to finish the season well and be back here and look forward to the final with good confidence. The pitch was a wee bit bumpy today. I’m sure by that stage it will be a big slicker.”

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