Tom Rogic of Celtic smiles in training

By Matt Farr

Celtic playmaker Tom Rogic has taken a thinly-veiled dig at rivals Rangers ahead of the Scottish Premiership clash with Aberdeen on Friday.

The reigning Scottish champions travel to Pittodrie Stadium later this week in a bid to maintain their unbeaten record in all domestic competitions this season, and extend their lead over Aberdeen in the league standings.

But, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account on Thursday, Rogic believes it could be a tough game for Celtic to win, in doing so admitting Aberdeen – not Rangers – were their ‘biggest competition.’

He said: “Aberdeen have had a fantastic seasons, they’re a good side and over the last few years they’ve been our biggest competition.”

The Old Firm rivalry between Celtic and Rangers is one of the fiercest rivalries in football, but the heavyweight meeting between the two sides has lost its edge in recent years due to Celtic’s unrivalled dominance.

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The two sides have met six times in all competitions this season, but Rangers have rarely troubled or threatened to come out on top, losing five of their six meetings.

Celtic both began and ended their impressive run against Rangers in all competitions this season with 5-1 victories, most recently in a thoroughly one-sided affair at Ibrox at the end of last month.

Rangers have also shown little fight in an attempt to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title this term, and currently sit an incredible 36 points adrift in third-place.

Aberdeen, meanwhile, still sit 27 points behind Celtic, but they have looked more likely to rival Celtic for domestic glory in recent seasons, as Rogic pointed out on Thursday.

The Dons lost out to Rogic’s side in the Scottish League Cup Final earlier this season, but have an opportunity to make amends when the two sides go head-to-head at Hampden in the Scottish Cup Final later this month.

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