By Abigail Withey
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has said that his side’s success during pressure games last season was achieved by remaining “calm and controlled”, which is something the team must put into practice against Rangers next week.
The Hoops managed to return to their winning ways on Saturday after securing a 4-0 victory over Ross County just days after their devastating 5-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Rodgers’ team remain unbeaten in the Premiership so far this season, and have won all but one of their matches after landing a 1-1 draw to St. Johnstone.
As the domestic treble winners prepare to face their rivals in the first Old Firm showdown of the season, Rodgers has said that his squad will need to replicate their calm and controlled nature which they displayed during their success last year.
“These are pressure games but you have to stay calm,” the Hoops boss explained, as quoted in the Glasgow Evening Times.
“That bred the success of us in those games last season; our ability to stay calm and controlled under the pressure.
“I understand the feelings and the emotions in these games. You want them to be passionate, intense and aggressive. But it always has to be under control.
“Whatever frustration, anger or issues that you have – at the end of the day it’s still just a football game. Sport is competitive and intense but it should never spill over.”
The Glasgow opponents last met in the Premiership at Ibrox when Celtic smashed their rivals 5-1.
Next weekend’s clash will be vital, but before then the Hoops will travel to Dens Park to face Dundee in the Scottish League cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
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