Brendan Rodgers comments about Rangers show pressure is getting to him
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed Rangers are the team under pressure going into Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Ibrox – but the Hoops boss seems to have got himself a bit confused with his comments.
The Hoops that Sunday’s clash is a must-win for the Gers and claimed they have played without “pressure” for most of his time at Celtic Park.
“They’ve got a bit more spirit, from what I see, and they’ve probably found a consistency, but they’ve played without pressure for most of my time up here so they’ll feel this little bit of pressure in the game because it’s a game they have to win,” Rodgers sad, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
While Rodgers is right that the Gers must win to have any hope of maintaining a title challenge, after sacking their manager before Halloween and being written off by virtually everyone long before the Christmas decorations were up, there is nobody who expected the Gers to even be within single figures of Celtic – never mind on the brink of closing the gap to three points at the top of the table.
If Rangers lose on Sunday, they’ll likely finish where everyone expected them to and end the season in second-place in the table.
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If Celtic lose though all hell could break lose as the Hoops look at losing the title for the first time since Walter Smith’s side lifted the trophy in 2011.
The Hoops boss may think that the Gers have been playing without pressure but there has arguably been more pressure on the Ibrox side to mount a credible challenge to their bitter rivals than any Celtic manager has come under in the last six years as the Light Blues have worked their way back up through the leagues.
There is definitely pressure on one manager this weekend at Ibrox but it isn’t Graeme Murty.