By Amir Mir

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Rangers supporters have been “respectful” to him ahead of the Sunday afternoon clash.

The two fierce rivals meet for the second Old Firm derby of the season, this time in the Scottish League Cup semi-final.

Rodgers’ side earned the bragging points last time out, when they thumped their Glasgow counterparts 5-1 in the Scottish Premiership in September.

However, the Northern Irishman has surprisingly stated what rival supporters have been like to him since his arrival in the summer.

“I’m enjoying it in Glasgow, it’s been brilliant so far. Any Rangers fans I have met have been respectful to me,” Rodgers told his Friday press conference, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers took over from Ronny Deila as manager and has guided the champions to the top of the table.

The Bhoys have recorded seven wins from eight fixtures, as they have 22 points, four off their nearest rivals Aberdeen who have 18 points from nine outings.

Rangers last beat Celtic in the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup last season, with the Glasgow giants set to clash once again in the very same competition at the weekend

In other Celtic team news, striker Leigh Griffiths has stated that he would love to play alongside teammate Moussa Dembele.