A 118-year-old record was broken in the Scottish Premier League (SPFL) on Sunday following Celtic’s 2-0 win over Hearts.

The victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side at Celtic Park means they have become the first team since Rangers in 1899 to go through the entire season unbeaten.

Second-half efforts from Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong also helped the Parkhead side surpass the previous SPFL records for points gathered and goals scored in a season, with 106 the total secured by Celtic for both.

Applauded on to the pitch by Hearts players, the Hoops received their sixth successive Premiership trophy after the game and Rogers believes the unbeaten record of his Celtic Invincibles will not be matched in his lifetime.

“I’m just so proud of the team and the staff because it’s a real special achievement. I’m not so sure it will happen again in my lifetime,” the former Liverpool boss said.

“You just need to look at when it was done before — in the 1890s and it was only an 18-game season back then.

“This is a 38-game season and, with so many variables in football, that’s what makes it a brilliant achievement.

“Whether it will be done again, it’s out there for everyone to have a go at. We’ll have a go at it again next year. But when you look at the past, when it was last done in the 1890s, it tells you the difficulty of achieving that.

“It’s a monumental achievement by the players. What is lost among all the records that have been set is the real dedication to excellence they have shown since I’ve come in. Both in their lives and in how they have worked hard every day.

“They will probably tell you themselves that they get pushed really hard. But you see the benefits of that.

“It is a remarkable achievement for this club and for the players who have now inscribed their names into the history of this incredible club.

“It’s something for their kids and their grandkids to be proud of. It is a special achievement.”

Celtic meanwhile, can secure a rare treble this term by beating Aberdeen in this weekend’s Scottish Cup final at Hampden.


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