Brendan Rodgers delivers verdict on potential hysteria in Celtic clash v Rangers
Brendan Rodgers has ordered his players to treat Sunday’s Old Firm clash like any other game, and to not get swept away in any hysteria.
Celtic can clinch the title on Sunday with a win against Rangers in a match which will no doubt be full of atmosphere, but Rodgers feels that the one thing that the Hoops have to do is ‘stay focused’ on the game and not get swept up by the occasion.
“Yes, of course, for the supporters it is amazing,” Rodgers said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“In terms of staff and players, you can only concentrate on your performance and stay focused on getting the job done.
“And in my 10 games against Rangers that’s all we have really concentrated on and hopefully we can do the same at the weekend.”
The Hoops have yet to lose a game against their bitter rivals since Rodgers took over at the club in May 2016, having won eight and drawn two of the games between the sides.
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A win for the Hoops on Sunday would see them clinch the league title against their bitter rivals for the first time since 1979.
Football Insider verdict
Rodgers is correct to be cautions, as the last thing that the Hoops want to do is get swept up in a tidal wave of hysteria. If the Bhoys manage the occasion then there is no doubt that they should go on to win the game, but if the Hoops get too emotional then the Gers could steal away with a point, which have done twice in the last year under the management of Graeme Murty, who will be looking for a result in what is likely to be his last game as the Gers manager. The Old firm always provide drama, and no doubt it will once more be the case on Sunday.
In other Celtic news, Andy Walker has predicted the Old Firm clash