Scottish Cup Final: Steelmen powerless to stop the double-treble

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Rodgers ready to complete another clean-sweep
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Brendan Rodgers' side already have the Premiership and League Cup wrapped up and are favourites to retain the Scottish Cup on Saturday. Betfair's Scottish football scribe Frankie Monkhouse uncovers the value...

"2-0 Celtic has been the score in three of those seven including the League Cup final at this venue"

Celtic v Motherwell
Saturday, 15:00
Live on BBC Scotland

Brendan Rodgers is on the cusp of greatness in Glasgow as he leads his Celtic side out at Hampden in the final of the Scottish Cup on Saturday. Beat Motherwell and not only will The Hoops secure their second competition winner's medal in-a-row and 38th in history they will also complete the double-treble.

After going through last season's domestic campaign unbeaten Celtic landed a memorable treble. They may not boast the same pristine record this season - Premiership tally ending 24-10-4 - but they've already retained the league flag and League Cup and are hot favourites to slip world football's oldest trophy back in the cabinet for another year.

Motherwell looking for the hat-trick

Despite this piece of silverware first being contested in 1873 Motherwell have got their hands on this prize only twice before - 1952 vs Dundee and a 1991 win over Dundee United. The North Lanarkshire side claimed the latter courtesy of a 4-3 thriller thanks to goals from Ian Angus, Iain Ferguson, Steve Kirk and Phil O'Donnell. Many in the stands wearing claret and amber won't be old enough to remember that day. Can this team write a new chapter in history?

Stephen Robinson's crew were left bitterly disappointed with a seventh-place finish in the Premiership this season - losing three more games than they won - but they have been thoroughly impressive in cup competition, losing to Celtic in the final of the League Cup and beating the likes of Aberdeen, Hearts and Dundee in the latter stages of the nation's favourite knock-out tournament. Boyhood fan and current player Chris Cadden spoke to the press recently about the feeling in the dressing room, everyone desperate to become a living legend.

Recent meetings make the draw attractive

The upset would certainly make a great story and rake over the romance of the format but it's highly unlikely when letting head rule heart. Celtic beat Motherwell 2-0 in the League Cup final back in November with goals from James Forrest and Moussa Dembele. The beaten side finished with 10 men, Kipre sent off on the hour, just 31% of the match possession and three shots on target all afternoon.

In three league games this season we had two draws at Fir Park and a 5-1 rout for the home side at Parkhead. Celtic are [1.28] jolly on the Betfair Exchange against the [12.0] about the underdogs. It is worth remembering that two of the last three meetings have ended all-square. The draw [5.8].

Weary Bhoys have one eye on the break

It has been another long season for the Celtic squad who were involved in no less than five campaigns including the Champions League and Europa League. Everyone connected to the Glasgow giants will be glad to see the back of the season and head off on a well-earned rest, but not before doing what's expected of them.

The Sportsbook has under 2.5 goals as an 11/8 second favourite which is surprising as that would've been settled as a winner in three of the four games involving these rivals this season and five of the last seven. Prefer a goal-fest? Over 2.5 is 8/15. If a lover of the trends you may find it useful to know 2-0 Celtic has been the score in three of those seven including the League Cup final at this venue. Another will make things interesting at 11/2 on the Sportsbook.

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