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Brendan Rodgers makes claim about Rangers pressure ahead of clash v Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has started the mind games ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm derby, by claiming that Rangers are under “huge pressure” to win the game at Ibrox.

The Hoops go into the game with both a six point lead at the top of the table and a game in hand over their old rivals, and know that even a draw would be enough to all but clinch the league title.

“There’s huge pressure on Rangers in the game but for us, we’ll have a good working week and go into that game and work as well as well can” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“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.

“We want to win it, of course, the same as every game we play, and especially against our rivals.”

The Hoops have won on their last three visits to the home of their biggest rivals, with goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths sealing a 2-0 win in September.

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Football Insider verdict

The Hoops boss is correct, Celtic do not need to win the game, whilst Rangers do if they are to have any hope of winning the Scottish Premiership title. However, on the other hand, a win for the Light Blues would put huge pressure on the Bhoys, perhaps for the first time in Rodgers’ time at Celtic Park. With another two Old Firm games scheduled in April, the game could have huge ramifications for the rest of the season, and Rodgers’ comments are just the start of what is sure to be a tense month ahead for the two biggest clubs in Scotland.

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