Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed comments made by former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson about the recent Old Firm clash at Ibrox.
Ferguson, writing in the Daily Record, claimed that the Hoops had been ‘lucky’ to win the game 3-2 after being reduced to ten men.
However, Rodgers believes that the Hoops’ ability to win a game with ten men is more about skill and the ability of his players than luck.
“That’s the third time in the 20 months I have been up here when we’ve gone down to ten men,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“And in those games, when we were down a man, we scored four goals and conceded none.
“I don’t think that’s luck.”
The Hoops’ victory over their bitter rivals gives them a nine point lead with a game in hand at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, which all but guarantees a seventh consecutive league title.
Football Insider verdict
Ferguson’s comments really were quite delusional, and Rodgers was correct to give them a swerve and concentrate on the abilities of his own team. The Hoops have shown great fighting spirit when reduced to 10 men at both Pittodrie and Ibrox, to not only when the games but to score in both when having a man sent-off shows a will to win that none of the rest of Scottish football can match. Rodgers will have no doubt noted Ferguson’s comments though, and they may well be used as motivation for the Bhoys ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers in April.
In other Celtic news, Andy Walker has tipped the Hoops to win a high scoring clash against Motherwell