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Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he understands why the SPFL decided not to make Celtic upcoming league clash against Rangers a potential title winning party.

The Hoops only need one more league win to secure their seventh consecutive league title, but the SPFL have decided to give the Hoops the chance to clinch the title at Easter Road against Hibernian in their first match after the split.

Whilst he would have loved to have won the title at home against the Gers, Rodgers understands why the SPFL came to their decision.

“We win our next league game and we win the league – and of course you’d love to do that in front of your own supporters,” Rodgers said during an appearance on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on TalkSport, and as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“If it’s against one of your great rivals, great. I understand the reasons why they [the SPFL] wouldn’t.

“I would’ve loved to have the Celtic-Rangers game at Parkhead next, of course.”

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The Hoops are next in action on Sunday, when they take on the Gers in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

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Rodgers is well-aware that Hoops fans would love their team to clinch the league title at home against their biggest rivals, but of course the SPFL don’t want that to happen in case there is crowd trouble. There is a chance that if the Hoops lose at Easter Road then the Bhoys could clinch the title v Rangers, which would no doubt be a very interesting situation. There’s no doubt that Rodgers will want the league title wrapped up as soon as possible, and he would be delighted if the Bhoys got the three points required at Easter Road to clinch seven league titles in a row.

In other Celtic news, Moussa Dembele is likely to start the semi-final

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