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Brendan Rodgers: I want to win but trophies won’t change me

One of the moments to create a stir from Celtic’s League Cup triumph on Sunday took place miles away from Hampden. It came when Brendan Rodgers addressed supporters outside Celtic Park following the 3-0 victory over Aberdeen.

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From left,  Erik Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic, Scott Brown and Kolo Toure celebrate after Celtic's Betfred Cup final victory on Sunday

Erik Sviatchenko: ‘Clean-sheet run is a source of pride’

When their treble-winning teams of the past are recalled fondly by Celtic supporters, it is inevitably the goalscorers and flair players who dominate their thoughts.

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Faycal Rherras, right, cleared three efforts off the goal-line for Hearts. Picture: SNS

Top 5 plays of the Scottish football weekend

Each weekend there are always moments to admire, as well as moments to cringe and laugh at. With a cup final and four league games to run the rule over, we choose the five best plays of the weekend, as well as the five worst.

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Dejection for Aberdeen's Ash Taylor as his side lose the League Cup final to Celtic. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen look to bounce back against Rangers

Aberdeen defender Ash Taylor believes Saturday’s trip to Ibrox offers the perfect chance to bounce back from their Betfred Cup final disappointment.

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Tom Rogic, right, excelled for Celtic as the Parkhead side lifted the League Cup. Picture: John Devlin

Undermanned Celtic make frighteningly easy work of Aberdeen

Following a defeat by Celtic, former Aberdeen boss Ebbe Skovdahl once mused that “the operation was a success but the patient died” with regards to his team’s tactics.

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Scott Brown celebrates with the Betfred Cup trophy. Picture: SNS

Celtic captain: I believe we can win every single game

Scott Brown didn’t want to speak about the treble, after a triumph which thrilled him every bit as much as his first with Celtic, but he admitted a clean sweep of domestic 
honours would be “lovely”.

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Aberdeen's Ryan Jack applauds the fans at full time. Picture: SNS

Ryan Jack: Aberdeen will bounce back quickly from final loss

If ever there is a place 
Aberdeen supporters will appreciate an act of redemption from their players, it’s Ibrox. Skipper Ryan Jack has promised the team will make it up to the dejected thousands who watched yesterday’s Betfred Cup final disappointment against Celtic, starting against Rangers on Saturday.

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Celtic's Betfred Cup winners celebrate their 3-0 victory over Aberdeen at Hampden Park. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Brendan Rodgers challenges Celtic to launch new era of success

Brendan Rodgers has challenged his Celtic players to make quick inroads towards a second century of trophies for the club after their landmark Betfred Cup final victory over Aberdeen at Hampden.

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Aberdeen players James Maddison, Anthony O'Connor, captain Ryan Jack and Kenny McLean stand dejected after their side went 3-0 down. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Aberdeen lack bite of Scott Brown to emulate 70s success

Forty years ago, a League Cup won before Christmas with Northern Lights twinkling in the gathering Glasgow gloom sparked Aberdeen’s greatest era and biggest trophy haul, with most of them brandished one-handed by their captain, suggesting there was always room for more.

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Anthony O'Connor, right, fouls James Forrest inside the penalty area. Picture: Getty

Alan Pattullo: Aberdeen did not live up to the hype

Derek McInnes’s pre-match game plan hinged on 
giving Celtic something to think about. Admirable as this ambition was, it didn’t come close to happening.

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Celtic players celebrate after Moussa Dembele puts his side 3-0 up. Picture: PA

Fans react on Twitter as Celtic win Betfred Cup final

Celtic have won the first trophy of the Scottish football season after defeating Aberdeen 3-0 in the final of the Betfred Cup.

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Celtic's players celebrate after the full-time whistle. Picture: PA

Betfred Cup final: How the players rated on each side

Here’s how the players from each side scored out of 10 as Celtic defeated Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup final

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Celtic celebrate after winning the Betfred Cup final 3-0 against Aberdeen. Picture: Getty

Five things we learned from Aberdeen 0 - 3 Celtic

Celtic eased to a comfortable 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup final as Brendan Rodgers claimed his first piece of silverware as Hoops boss.

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James Forrest, left, is fouled by Aberdeen defender Anthony O'Connor inside the penalty area. Picture: SNS

James Forrest justifies selection with man-of-the-match award

Having been named among the substitutes for Wednesday’s defeat against Barcelona, there was no certainty James Forrest would start against Aberdeen in Sunday’s Betfred Cup final. In the end, the speedy winger got the nod ahead of Callum McGregor and produced a man-of-the-match winning performance as Celtic lifted the trophy.

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Celtic celebrate winning the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park. Picture: PA

Aberdeen 0 - 3 Celtic: Celtic win Betfred Cup final

Celtic saw their complete dominance of domestic football in the opening phase of Brendan Rodgers’ management translated into a historic first piece of silverware as Aberdeen were swatted aside in a largely one-sided Betfred Cup final.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers turned on the Lennoxtown Christmas lights on Friday. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Brendan Rodgers’ control at Celtic is akin to Stein and O’Neill

In recent days Brendan Rodgers has been at pains to stress that his work at Celtic is not all about trophies. Having said that, the structure he is building will be impacted upon undoubtedly by the outcome of today’s League Cup final.

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Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko looks forward to Sunday's Betfred Cup final against Aberdeen. Picture: SNS

Erik Sviatchenko eyes Celtic’s 100th trophy win

Hampden has figured significantly in Erik Sviatchenko’s Celtic career even before today’s Betfred League Cup final against Aberdeen. For one, the Danish defender curses he was denied a perfectly legitimate goal there in the semi-final victory over Rangers last month that set up today’s showpiece.

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Aberdeen's Adam Rooney scores the winning penalty in the 2014 League Cup final win over Inverness. Picture: SNS

Derek McInnes admits Aberdeen have practised penalties

As a player Derek McInnes faced Celtic a couple of times in a cup final and he has experienced both triumph and defeat. He says he could almost have predicted both by the mood in each dressing room.

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Aberdeen's captain Ryan Jack ahead of his side's Betfred cup final match against Celtic. Picture: SNS

Ryan Jack keen to join list of cup-winning Aberdeen captains

The last time around Aberdeen were wrestling with ghosts of the past as well as the favourites tag as they headed into a League Cup final. This time they are the underdogs and the past is actually inspiring Ryan Jack, as he dances with the dream of joining an illustrious list of men who have captained Aberdeen to success.

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St Mirren celebrate their Scottish Communities League Cup victory with an open-top bus parade through Paisley. Kenny McLean, centre, and Jeroen Tesselaar lead the celebrations. Picture: SNS

Kenny McLean wants leading role in cup final

Kenny McLean will head to Hampden today harbouring a sense of unfinished business.

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