Ibrox is Brendan Rodgers’ ideal stage for redemption

Celtic face theRangers this weekend in the first Glasgow Derby of the season. The match could be the perfect opportunity for Brendan Rodgers to put down a marker and announce his return to the Celtic support.

Despite wins against Ross County and Aberdeen, Celtic haven’t been at their best in the league. This was exemplified by the draw at home to St Johnstone, which only heighten alarm due to the previous week’s League Cup exit to Killie.

Celtic v St. Johnstone – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday August 26, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

There has been much discussion regarding Rodgers’ style and ability to play attacking football. His results in his first spell are self explanatory but the real evidence should be obtained from his time with Leicester. The 50-year-old relishes the challenge and opportunity of going against teams that are ‘favourites’. Pundits are tipping last year’s runners up to be odds-on for Sunday but that’ll suit Rodgers and Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers will face theRangers on Sunday for the first time since December 2018. On his last visit to Ibrox, Rodgers succumbed to his first Glasgow Derby defeat after Ryan Jack’s deflected strike beat Craig Gordon in the Celtic goals.

This game was unique as it was the first time that Celtic had travelled to Ibrox with the revised allocation with just 750 supporters located in the corner between the Broomloan and Sandy Jardine stands. Celtic, who were ravaged by injuries, were off the pace and were beaten by a single goal but still kicked on and sealed the title.

Similarly, in the early part of the 2021/22 season Ange Postecoglou took Celtic to Ibrox with no away fans and a single goal from Helander stole the points for the hosts. Celtic were better that day but couldn’t find the net. Alas, Celtic found their rhythm under Ange and delivered the title.

Sunday will see Celtic make the short trip to Govan to face Mick Beale’s team, fresh after their 5-1 humbling in Eindhoven. Rodgers’ record in the fixture needs no introduction but the current unease at his reappointment is only present due to the poor form in the last two games.

Celtic v Ross County – Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arrives for the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday August 5, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

Rodgers has a style that he wishes to impose on this team and he will know that the tools are there to deliver this. It is a process that will take time but fans needs to see results in order to be swayed on the Irishman’s return.

With European football on the horizon after the UCL Draw on Thursday, Rodgers will be keen to showcase that he’s adapted tactically in England. Sunday is an opportunity to deliver this, given the injury concerns in the squad.

And a Celtic victory in this fixture will go a very long way to repairing relationship with those Celtic supporters who have yet to forgive and forget after Rodgers’ swift exit in February 2019. All they’ll remember is the scoreline on Sunday if Celtic win!

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. Certainly will be a very interesting team selection, that’s for sure.
    Should have plenty of options from the bench this week, as possibly one of our weekest subs bench on show for a long time last week.
    Hope we can exploit the wider areas, with the scum tending to play so narrow, and think we have the wide men to really go hard at the full backs of the scum.
    No doubt that the scum will try to rough things up a fair bit, but still believe we have enough about ourselves to handle that approach.
    Hopefully Phillips is a great addition to handle the aireal bombardment from crosses and set plays.
    As long as we can get our passing game going with far better movement in midfield and the front line, we should still have to much for the scum to handle.
    A great opportunity for ourselves to really kick-start our season, as been long enough in waiting.

  2. Trying to feel optimistic – but with no goalkeeper, left-back or ball-winning midfielder brought in, I’m struggling. In the past 21 years I never thought I’d be saying a draw would be a good result for us.