Michael Stewart’s reaction to Rangers’ Scottish Cup exit on Sunday night succinctly sums up the scale of Celtic’s Quadruple Treble achievement.

St Johnstone won a quarter-final tie at Ibrox on penalties after a dramatic 1-1 AET stalemate.

For Stewart, recognising that Rangers have been impressive the term, it’s a reminder of how difficult it is to win multiple trophies in a single season.

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He said on Twitter after the match: “No doubt difficult to take for Rangers but they’ve had a great season and just goes to show how incredibly difficult it is to win multiple trophies in the one season.”

When Celtic finalised the Quadruple Treble this season, it almost flew under the radar. Many fans were unhappy with the direction under Neil Lennon and the anxiety about winning ten-in-a-row or not was at its peak.

 

A dour match against Hearts at an empty Hampden didn’t help.

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However, it was always an achievement that was going to age well. In the fullness of time, away from the chaos of this season, people will rightly recognise the scale of the achievement.

Celtic didn’t just win multiple trophies in one season. We won multiple trophies in multiple successive seasons.  The kind of run that will be written about in Celtic history books for decades. It’s unlikely to be repeated in my lifetime, if ever.

Certainly, there’s no comparison to be made between this Rangers side and the era of dominance we’ve just witnessed, as much as some people have tried.

It’s now up to Celtic to regroup and re-assert control over the domestic game next season.

Bring it on.

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