'Pretty special' – Rodgers looks for quick victory against Rangers in Old Firm derby
By James Black
Brendan Rodgers has stoked the fire ahead of next weekend’s Old Firm derby, saying that watching Rangers fans leave Ibrox early during an Old Firm game was “pretty special.”
The Hoops won 5-1 on their last visit to Ibrox in Celtic’s biggest ever win over their rivals.
Kenny Miller’s 65th minute goal was scant consolation for Rangers fans and Rodgers is looking for a similar result next weekend when the sides meet for the first time this season.
“For every manager and player, it makes you feel that you’re working well. You are doing your job if the game’s over by 65 minutes,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“In a 90-minute game you can take huge credit for how you are playing at that stage.
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“It was similar at Liverpool when we beat Newcastle away 6-0. We were 4-0 up after an hour then scored five and six quickly after that.
“It’s a big stadium, Newcastle’s, so to see that happen you’re thinking ‘Okay, we’ve probably won the game…’
“If you are going to Ibrox and doing that against one of your great rivals and performing at that level, which was key for me, then it was pretty special.”
Celtic went undefeated against their bitter rivals last season as they romped to a treble without losing a game.
A win would extend Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run to 56 games and increase the gap between the sides to 8 points.
Rodgers knows a win would be a big result for his side but believes it isn’t make or break with another three Old Firm clashes to come this season.
Celtic saw off Ross County 4-0 yesterday as Moussa Dembele made a goal-scoring return to Brendan Rodgers’ side.
A James Forrest double and a goal from Tom Rogic had the Hoops on easy street ahead of the midweek visit to Dundee in the League Cup.
In other Celtic news, this 25-year-old has revealed he has held crunch talks with the club about his future.