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Rodgers reveals crucial Celtic gameplan to exploit Rangers in vital Old Firm clash

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that his Hoops side will aim to exploit the space that will be available when they travel to Ibrox for the pivotal Old Firm derby on Sunday.

The Bhoys boss believes that the Gers – who will feel they need to win the game to keep the title race alive – will have to attack as they are at home, which could be crucial in playing into the Hoops’ hands.

“The beauty about this game is there will be space for us to play in” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“There are many times when we come up against teams who just sit in and deny you space, waiting for a singular moment to try and punish you.

“But when you go to Ibrox their supporters expect them to take the game to you.”

The Hoops boss hasn’t yet lost an Old Firm game as Hoops manager, and has won on all three visits to Ibrox.

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The two matches between the sides this season saw the Bhoys win 2-0 at Ibrox thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths, with the teams drawing 0-0 at Celtic Park in December.

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This is yet more mind games from the Hoops’ manager, who is putting a seed of doubt in Graeme Murty’s mind. Murty will no doubt want to play on the frontfoot as his side need to win to keep the title race alive. but that could play into the Hoops’ hands. The Bhoys are set up to play on the counter-attack, and the situation could suit the likes of Moussa Dembele and James Forrest down to a tee. The Hoops will also play on the frontfoot, and the game could develop into an attack versus attack situation, and the Hoops boss will be confident that the Bhoys have the players to take advantage of any situation the game throws up.

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