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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is attempting to downplay the Hoops’ upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers, even though his side are on the brink of making history.

The Hoops are on the verge of becoming the first ever team in Scottish football history to win the domestic treble two years in a row, but Rodgers is hoping that his players avoid feeling that they are under any significant pressure to win this game more than any other.

“We still come in and enjoy our work,” he said, as quoted by the Scotsman.

“I tend not to think about the other stuff too much. If you do, and got wrapped up in the whole history or the expectation, then you put yourself in a pressure trap and you don’t need that. There’s enough pressure in football.”

The Hoops fans are naturally excited about the prospect of making history, but Rodgers is attempting to keep things calm.

“The history is not weighing on us; we just have to do our job,” he added.

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Football Insider verdict

The Hoops boss is being sensible in attempting to play down the importance of the game, as if the Hoops put themselves under too much pressure there is a danger that the sense of occasion could overwhelm them, and lead to the players not being able to perform on the day. Rodgers will have the players mentally focused, and then it is up to them on the pitch to ensure that they perform, as there is only so much the manager can do from the sidelines. Rodgers is being sensible here, although come kick-off time on Sunday there’s little doubt that people will be hyped up as usual for one of the biggest game in British football.

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