Rodgers planning repeat of Kilmarnock performance at Hampden

We’ve featured Brendan Rodgers’ exclusive interview earlier today with Celtic TV, regarding the Celtic manager’s thoughts on Elena Sadiku’s Celtic FC title triumph at Celtic Park on Sunday afternoon and you can read what Brendan had to say about that wonderful achievement HERE.

The Celtic manager also spoke about his excitement of taking part in the expanded Champions League with a new format that will guarantee at least eight matches for participants rather than six and will also see clubs playing many more opponents.

“It’s very exciting because you get those extra couple of games at that level. For us, whether that’s for football development, whether it’s financial, it’s a huge benefit for a club like ours.

“But from a football perspective, I’m always really excited about testing ourselves against the very best teams.”

That’s for next season though and before that there’s the not insignificant matter of the first ever Glasgow Derby Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on Saturday afternoon the Celtic manager gave an insight into the mood inside the Celtic training centre at Lennoxtown.

“It’s pretty much relaxed but focused,” Brendan said about the Celtic preparation behind the scenes. “It was nice at the weekend to celebrate, but now our focus is very much on this Scottish Cup final.

“We’re preparing to bring a similar performance to what we did against Kilmarnock in the game. So we’ve had some really good preparation.

“We’re playing on a fantastic surface. It’s the last showpiece game of the season, and again we want to come and bring our best selves to that, and look to finish what would be a fantastic season.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

1 Comment

  1. For Rodgers to highlight the killie performance, could that possibly mean Idah could start ahead of kyogo?
    The other 10 players possibly pick themselves on recent current form imo?
    Might not be a bad decision, especially with kyogo having more space available for him to exploit later in the match, when the game potentially becomes more open and stretched?
    Don’t believe the scum have a player to stop calmac from dictating play as per usual?
    Also don’t think that the scum have any other available option than to stick with the aggressive bully boy approach in the midfield areas, as they can’t even get close to our midfield 3 in terms of tempo and quality and that includes our midfield 3 not firing on full cylinders also?
    Personally believe Rodgers will be looking at a game plan that involves the full 90 minutes of controlling the game, something we still haven’t managed to really do yet against the scum all season, despite being a far better team imo?
    Rodgers will want to finish the season in style and winning another trophy and giving the Huns another bloody nose with there bully boy approach, certainly would be stylish enough for my liking anyway?