Kyogo Furuhashi and substitute Liel Abada ensured Ange Postecoglou’s side enjoyed another memorable day at Hampden Park before Daniel MacKay headed against the flow of play and saved the Championship side with six minutes from time.
But Jota struck in second-half added time to seal another trophy triumph for Celtic, who had already won their 11th Premiership title in 12 years at a gallop and lifted the League Cup with a 2-1 win over Archbishop. Rivals Rangers in February.
It’s the eighth time the Hoops have won a domestic treble, setting an impressive world record. Celtic have now won the Scottish Cup no fewer than 41 times, seven times more than closest pursuers Rangers.
It could be the last trophy they win under Postecoglou as Tottenham are set to increase their interest in signing the Australian as their new manager this week after he impressed chairman Daniel Levy.
“The coach’s motto is: he wants us to get better every day and not waste a training session, let alone a game. That’s why we had this success,” said Celtic defender Greg Taylor.
“Some players don’t win a single trophy in their career, so to win three in one season is very special.
“It says everything about the player group, the staff and the fans. It was a collaborative effort.”
Asked about the ongoing speculation linking Postecoglou with Spurs, former Tottenham and now Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart said: “When you’re with great footballers and top managers, the noise is always there – but it is everything.
“We’re privileged to be inside and today was the focus of the whole week, the manager made that very clear.”
“Whatever happens now will (happen) – it’s the world of football, full of speculation and rumours, but the facts today were that we had to focus on the treble and we did it.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/ange-postecoglou-celtic-tottenham-b1085428.html Tottenham striker Ange Postecoglou scores the treble in a possible farewell to Celtic