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'Going for 55' - Rodgers aims sly Celtic dig at Rangers ahead of Old Firm showdown

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he isn’t interested in all the talk coming from Rangers ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm showdown.

The Northern Irishman claimed that he is only interested in what the Hoops do in the game, which is a potential title decider, and that the Gers have been full of big talk before.

“I am not one to look over the fence and see what the neighbour has,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“It is irrelevant here. We have to do our own work. They obviously feel really confident but we have been there before when they were going for 55.

“For me the focus is on ourselves.”

The Hoops go into the match with a six point lead over their bitter rivals, with a game in hand.

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A win for the Bhoys would all but clinch a seventh league title in a row, whilst a draw would also put the Hoops in a commanding position.

The two matches between the sides this season saw the Hoops win 2-0 at Ibrox in September thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths, whilst the teams played out a goalless draw at Celtic Park in December.

Football Insider verdict

Rodgers is playing mind games ahead of the match, particularly with the ‘going for 55’ reference, which is of course, a reference to the Ibrox club going for their 55th league title. There is no doubt that the players and coaches at Celtic will be well-aware of the confident noises coming from Ibrox, with the talk of the players cheering the Scottish Cup semi-final draw. Rodgers is slyly letting the Ibrox side know that he has heard all the talk before and it doesn’t affect his preparations for the game at all. It only adds more intrigue to what is shaping up to be one of the biggest Old Firm games in a long time.

In other Celtic news, Callum McGregor has had a dig at Joey Barton

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