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Rodgers warns rivals after Celtic cup romp

Press Association logoPress Association 11/02/2017

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers warned the rest of Scottish football that his side will continue to improve after they maintained their treble push with a 6-0 victory over Inverness.

A 14-minute hat-trick from Moussa Dembele helped Celtic into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup after a clinical performance against the only team to deny them victory in 30 domestic matches this season.

Mikael Lustig broke the deadlock in the 20th minute after an impressive piece of penalty-box skill and Dembele completed his second treble inside six days before the hour mark.

Kieran Tierney and skipper Scott Brown added late goals as the runaway Premiership leaders gave the home fans in the 25,577 crowd value for money on a bitterly cold day in Glasgow, with wingers James Forrest and Scott Sinclair providing five assists between them.

"Their attitude was first class, firstly how quickly they regain the ball, it doesn't give the opponent any time to make any sequences of passes," Rodgers said. "And in my study of Inverness, they actually have some good technical players that can move the ball, but we never gave them an opportunity to do that.

"It was a very, very good team performance and I just feel we will get better as the season goes on."

Inverness manager Richie Foran admitted his side had been "totally outclassed by the better team."

"If you're to get any result against Celtic you need at least four or five of their players to have a real off day and you need our 11 at their best," he said. "That wasn't the case today, they had 11 players at their best."

St Mirren, Aberdeen and Partick Thistle all advanced in the Cup while Ayr United and Clyde along with Dunfermline and Hamilton Academical face replays. In the day's sole Premiership clash Kilmarnock and Dundee drew 1-1.

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