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Gordon confident Celtic will not fall at final Scottish Cup hurdle


Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon insists he and his teammates won’t let the pressure of making history affect them as they focus on beating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.

Celtic have secured numerous records this season as they romped to a sixth Premiership title in a row and lifted the League Cup.

Brendan Rodgers’ side could become the first Scottish side in history to go through an entire domestic campaign without losing a game on their way to winning all three major honours.

Now only Aberdeen stand in the way of Celtic securing a first domestic treble in 16 years and only the fourth clean sweep in the club’s 129-year history.

But instead of feeling the pressure, Gordon says they will rise to the challenge.

“It is good to finish the season unbeaten and you can’t be in a much better place going into a cup final,” the 34-year-old said. 

“It is a great opportunity to go in and make history, to be one of the best teams that have ever played for this club and to achieve something like that.

“If we can do it we will always be remembered and to be part of that would be very special. You don’t get many occasions during your career to get something like that on your CV so we are looking forward to it.

“But we can’t get carried away with everything. We know the importance of the game, what is on the line and at stake.

“We will go in and play our game. If we can concentrate on our performance and play well enough to win the game then all that will come with it.”

– ‘Seasons to remember’ –

Celtic celebrated the 50th anniversary of their European Cup win over Inter Milan on Thursday.

And Jim Craig, who helped secured Celtic’s first ever treble in 1967 as part of that famous Lisbon Lions side, knows how tough his former side’s task will be.

“It’s a difficult thing to do,” Craig told AFP.

“By the time it gets to the end of the season other teams are trying to knock you off your stride because they don’t want you to get a treble.

“That’s what they are up against and now Aberdeen are the only team between them and what would be another great occasion for Celtic fans.

“And it’s been a great season so far for Celtic, and for it to happen in the same season as the 50th anniversary would really be the icing on the cake.”

Celtic could be boosted by the return of Moussa Dembele to the squad.

The French striker, who had scored 32 goals in 49 games, returned to training this week after missing out since suffering a hamstring injury in the cup semi-final victory over Rangers.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney says he wants something tangible to show for their season and finally secure a major win over their rivals after finishing runners-up in the Premiership and losing to them in the League Cup final.

Rooney is desperate to put that right by claiming their first Scottish Cup since 1990.

“That is what I want. I want to win things. It is all right finishing second, having a good season and setting records, but the seasons to remember are the ones where we pick up silverware at the end of the season,” said the 29-year-old Irishman.

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