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1st Jan, 2017 | 9:53pm

Rodgers reveals unusual Celtic training method ahead of Rangers clash

By Emma Sanders

Brendan Rodgers has revealed the Celtic players took part in an unusual training exercise ahead of the clash against Rangers.

The Hoops trained as a side playing with just 10 players in case of a sending off in the feisty encounter against Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

Rodgers explained it was important his players remained “calm” during the Old Firm derby so they prepared for any possible scenario, including a sending off, just in case.

“We did an exercise on this the other day because in these games you need to stay calm. We had a few bookings but the last thing you need to do in a derby game is go down to 10 men,” said Rodgers, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Celtic were rewarded for their efforts with a 2-1 victory against Rangers in a blockbuster encounter at the Ibrox, ending a 15-month unbeaten run for the hosts on their own turf.

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Goals from Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair were enough to rule out Kenny Miller’s early goal for the Gers and secure all three points for Celtic.

The win was the Hoops 19th of the season from 20 games and they have now extended their unbeaten domestic run throughout the 2016-17 campaign and consolidated their position in the league.

Rodgers’ side currently sit at the top of the table and have a commanding 19-point lead over Rangers who are in second place, and the Hoops still have a game in hand.

Celtic have won all three of the Old Firm derby encounters this season after they recorded a 5-1 victory in September before knocking Rangers out of the semi-final of the Betfred Cup.

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