“It’s clearly a game we want to win,” Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers spoke to Sky Sports Scotland to preview this Sunday’s powder-keg Glasgow Derby match with theRangers at Ibrox and revealed that his side don’t have to win the match, although he’s setting out to do so.

Brendan Rodgers, theRangers v Celtic at Ibrox on September 3, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Things are getting very tight at the top of the table in the Scottish Premiership and whoever were to win the Derby this weekend could put themselves in a very strong position heading into the League split.

With the Irishman having already won two Glasgow Derbies this season, he will have his eye on making it another Beautiful Sunday to go along with all the others his club have enjoyed in recent times. It was Rodgers himself who overseen the biggest humbling of the Ibrox entity past or present on a consistent basis. So much so, the powers that be in Govan decided to cut the away support for this fixture to virtually zero several years back now.

That issue is still in the process of being sorted and hopefully by next season, there is a decent amount of away fans in situ who can be catered for in a safe and timely fashion when this fixture arrives on the calendar.

For now though, the boss will have to do it without the support of our world famous supporters, but that won’t faze him as he’s always managed that feat this season at Edminston Drive, when Kyogo Furuhashi pierced the heart of the Ibrox rearguard to snatch all three points that sunny September day.

Kyogo Furuhashi of Celtic celebrates after scoring during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between theRangers and Celtic FC at Ibrox on September 03, 2023.(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The weather doesn’t promise to be anything like that this time out but regardless of the chances of precipitation, Rodgers and his coaching staff have the players’ eyes firmly on the prize. “There’s no doubt we want to attack the game and of course we go in with the mindset to win the game,” the Celtic boss declared to reporter Luke Shanely of Sky Sports Scotland.

The Irishman looks focussed and determined as we head into this most revered of battles in world football, which will be music to the ears of the Celtic Faithful.

Listen to Rodgers preview the game this weekend with Sky Sports Scotland below…

Paul Gillespie

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