Brendan Rodgers last night lauded his Celtic side after they became the first Hoops team since Martin O’Neill’s men in 2002 to hit the 100-point mark.

The 3-1 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie allowed Celtic to hit the century with goals from Dedryck Boyata, Stuart Armstrong and Leigh Griffiths – although Rodgers would ideally have liked his side to have matched it with 100 goals too.

The trio hit last night took Celtic to 99 for this season, leaving the possibility of eclipsing two Premier League records this season; the 103 points record and the 105 goals record.

“People are waiting for us to go soft and lose our focus but that is not the case,” said Rodgers. “The players are doing that really, really well.

“Our targets going into the game tonight was could we get 100 points and get 100 goals. When we got three I thought we might get the four goals. One of our targets pre-season was to get 100 plus goals. To get to 100 points really shows the levels. It really shows the quality and focus of the team.”

Celtic raced into a three-goal lead but could have been pegged back with a strong renaissance from Aberdeen.

Jonny Hayes pulled a goal back for the Dons and there was a strong shout for a penalty from the hosts early in the second period, which Rodgers acknowledged he might have looked for had the show been on the other foot.

“I could see a wee bit of both,” he said. “If I am Derek I want it.

“I think Steven McLean did well. Graeme Shinnie is stretching for it, and it is going into the stand. I spoke to Craig after the game and thought he got a touch on it and a corner was the right decision.”

Meanwhile, Rodgers also maintained that Celtic’s defensive showing also gave him some satisfaction.

The teams will meet in the William Hill Scottish Cup final in a fortnight, although Rodgers has maintained that last night won’t have a bearing on how that pans out.

“It was another style of play that we dealt with magnificently,” said Rodgers. “With a bit better on the final pass, we maybe score another one or two goals.

“If they play that way again then we can cope. It is a different game, I said before, whatever the result would be it is totally different. It is a real pressure game, a final, and our players have shown that we can cope with it. It will be a different type of game altogether.

“I thought it was a brilliant win for us. Pittodrie is a tough place to come. We were a real threat. The context of the game changes a little bit when it got to 3-1 and we had to play against a team who played really direct. There was no sequences of passing, everything was long ball, and I am really proud of the team.”