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Invincible treble as good as it gets for Patrick Roberts

He might be only 20 but Patrick Roberts is already certain winning a treble while remaining unbeaten will be the greatest achievement of his career.

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Tom Rogic scores Celtic's late winner against Aberdeen. Picture: John Devlin

Classic Scottish Cup final settled in a flash

This, make no mistake, will go down as a modern classic. It was different to last year’s intoxicating final in that it was not quite so helter-skelter. Yet the match was every bit as memorable, reaching a crescendo at the same end and in the same corner.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes looks downcast after his side's late Scottish Cup final defeat by Celtic. Picture: SNS

Derek McInnes plays down talk of Aberdeen exit

Derek McInnes has reiterated his level of contentment as Aberdeen manager, insisting it will require “something special” to persuade him to leave the Pittodrie club this summer.

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Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon in despair after his side's defeat by Hamilton Accies. Picture: SNS

Dundee United count cost of play-off defeat by Hamilton

Dundee United manager Ray McKinnon will sit down with chairman Stephen Thompson this week to discuss the financial implications of the Tannadice club’s failure to reclaim Premiership status.

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Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie consoles Ryan Jack at full-time. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie shrugs off Scott Brown antics

An already admirable 
Aberdeen performance was 
distinguished further by the players’ reasoned and sensible reaction to defeat.

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Brendan Rodgers acknowledges the Celtic support after his side's Scottish Cup triumph. Picture: SNS

Brendan Rodgers wary of unrealistic European targets

Brendan Rodgers has sounded a note of caution in the wake of Celtic’s historic undefeated domestic campaign, insisting it remains “a huge, huge ask” for the Scottish champions to make a bigger impact on the European stage.

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Jubilant Hamilton players celebrate beating Dundee United in the Premiership play-off final. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA

Hamilton 1-0 Dundee Utd (agg: 1-0): Accies avoid the drop

For the third year in succession, the Premiership play-off final proved a bridge too far for the contenders from the Championship.

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Martin Caceres is a target for Celtic. Picture: Getty Images

Rumour Mill: Celtic eye Uruguayan ace | Rangers want Mexican trio | Ex-Ger set for return?

Celtic face competition for out-of-contract star; Rangers eye three Mexican players and could ex-Rangers striker be set for an Ibrox return?

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Ray McKinnon says it is important for United to return to the top flight. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Ray McKinnon wants a repeat performance in play-off final

Ray McKinnon is looking for Dundee United’s Ladbrokes Premiership play-off pattern to continue against Hamilton Academical this afternoon.

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Derek McInnes comforts a tearful Niall McGinn after the game. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Aberdeen will be back next year says proud Derek McInnes

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was a man unbowed and unambiguous about his future after his side’s mammoth effort just came up short yesterday.

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RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke will be Scotlands key man in the Toulon Tournament. Pic: Getty

Oliver Burke ‘project’ at RB Leipzig enters crucial phase

“He’s gone to Leipzig, but what about a Burnley or a Sunderland or a West Brom.”

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One Juventus fan, at least, is convinced of the merits of Gonzalo Higuain who has a chance on Saturday to give la Vecchia Signora their third title. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Gonzalo Higuain has plenty to gain but much to lose

This season, Gonzalo Higuain has scored 24 goals in 31 starts in Serie A. Last season he broke the all-time Serie A goalscoring record by banging in 36 for Napoli. Imagine what his figures would be like if he were actually any good.

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Hamiltons David Templeton is starting to reproduce the form that earned him a move from Hearts to Rangers.  Photograph: SNS

David Templeton back to life just in time for Hamilton

There was a time when big, big things were expected of David Templeton. For the past couple of years, most people – including the player himself – feared those days were behind him.

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Stuart Armstrong has benefited most from Celtics increased emphasis on fitness. Photograph: SNS

NO REST yet FOR CELTIC band

Celtic may have played their 67th and last match of a long season yesterday. But for many of their players, it isn’t over yet. Not by a long shot.

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Tom Rogic cant hide his emotion after firing home Celtics winner at Hampden in stoppage time. 
Photograph: John Devlin

Tom Rogic delivers his own lightning bolt

A bolt of lightning lit up the sky above Hampden’s East Stand as the ball was played to Tom Rogic. It marked a key moment in what has been an electrifying season for Celtic.

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Dejected Aberdeen pair Ryan Jack and Graeme Shinnie at full time. Pic: SNS/Craig Foy

Graeme Shinnie hails “brilliant” Ryan Jack after final defeat

Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie hailed the performance of his predecessor Ryan Jack during the club’s Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic at Hampden.

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Aberdeens sit despondently on the pitch but gave a performance their fans could be proud of. Photograph: SNS

Aberdeen’s Northern Souls stand free

The biggest banner among the fans of the underdogs in last year’s Scottish Cup final urged: “Time for heroes.” Grumbly Aberdeen supporters might have been forgiven yesterday if they unfurled one reading: “Enough Lisbon already.”

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with the William Hill Scottish Cup. Picture: PA

Brendan Rodgers: Our players have made history

Celtic have earned more sobriquets than silverware on a journey that yesterday ended with an incredibly dramatic Scottish Cup final triumph that allowed Brendan Rodgers’ men to become the country’s first domestically undefeated treble winners.

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David Moyes demise as Sunderland manager mirrors the decline of Scottish managers in Englands top league.  Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Who will follow the Mac-nificent Seven?

It was one of those mad moments-in-time, illustrated by some gasp-inducing statistics. You sensed it wouldn’t be repeated so you instantly committed the detail to memory. “Poshos rule Hit Parade – 60 per cent of chart acts went to public school and think it jolly good idea to pollute radio-waves with bed-wetter balladry.”

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Celtic's Mikael Lustig celebrates at full time. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Graeme Shinnie forgives Mikael Lustig for Celtic celebration

Graeme Shinnie said he had forgiven Mikael Lustig after the Swede’s celebrations threatened to boil over into a Hampden set to.

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