Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has played some mind games ahead of the Hoops’ Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Rangers.
Rodgers believes that the Gers may feel that they have blown their chance to defeat the Hoops this season when they lost to a 10 man Hoops side at Ibrox last month, and that Gers boss Graeme Murty admitted this after the game.
Rodgers obviously believes this is a sign of weakness, and has said so, in a slightly subtle way.
“I think the last game showed – and Graeme mentioned it before – they probably wouldn’t have had a better opportunity to beat Celtic,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“That was interesting from his perspective and his players.
“That would have been difficult to take.”
Rodgers has yet to taste defeat in an Old Firm clash since he joined the Hoops almost two years ago, and it would be interesting to see how the Northern Irishman would respond to such a setback.
Football Insider verdict
Rodgers is just doing what many managers have done before him, and placing doubt in the mind of his opponents directly before a big game. There is no game bigger than the colossal Old Firm clash, and Rodgers is putting the pressure on the Gers by reminding them that they blew a great chance to win the last Old Firm match, when they played against 10 men for 40 minutes and ended up losing the game. Rodgers is making a subtle warning that the Hoops will not give the Light Blues the chance they had at Ibrox at Hamdpen, and that they are raring to go to put things right.
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