By Tom Blackburn

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers claims an Old Firm rivalry had no say in him taking the job at Parkhead.

Celtic and Rangers will go head to head in the coming season, with the latter returning to the top flight after a four year absence.

In an interview with the Scottish Daily Record, Rodgers outlined how he joined the Hoops due to the size of the club.

“My only attraction was Celtic, that’s why I came here, I came to Scottish football because of Glasgow Celtic, one of the great clubs of the world.

“If you are talking about big clubs, history, and fan base, talking about one of the leading clubs in the world then I came to one of them.

“Every team provides a challenge and a different challenge.

“It will be tight, it will be the usual suspects up there, Aberdeen have done well, they are out of Europe now so that might give them more training time, Hearts have been about it and will have a strong squad.

The Bhoys face Hearts on Sunday in their first game of the new Scottish Premiership season.

The Glasgow giants aiming for a sixth title in a row, but after Rangers went into liquidation four years ago their competition has been limited.

Both sides have improved their squads this summer after Rangers ended their absence from the top-flight when they won the Scottish Championship last year.

Celtic won the Premiership last season by 15 points from Aberdeen, but were defeated by Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final as their Old Firm rivals went on to win the cup.

Rangers have heavily bolstered their squad this summer by signing former Premier League stars Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Nico Krancjar.

Meanwhile, Celtic have landed the marquee signing of Moussa Dembele who had attracted attention from the Premier League.

In other Celtic news, Kenny Miller has delivered a brilliant response to comments from a Celtic player.