Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers turns the screw on rivals Rangers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers turns the screw on rivals Rangers

The Northern Irishman has not lost in eight matches against the Light Blues since he took over at Parkhead in 2016 and has won three out of three in Govan.

"It tells you they expect to win and their supporters will clearly expect them to win".

Looking at his stats, of course, it's hard to say exactly what he would bring as his numbers are not particularly special but we have to remember that he is playing for a team that - offensive wise - is now very short.

"We are a group who like to do our talking on the pitch so that is something that we will continue to do".

"He is a very talented player and one that we know we can work with to make even better".

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss claims Rangers' need for a victory is more pressing than that of his side, who are on course for a second successive domestic treble.

"But in the dressing room we all thought we could be as close".

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Celtic still have a game in hand over their closest rivals against Dundee, which will now be played on Wednesday April 4th at 7:45pm after last week's adverse weather.

"We're in a good place at the moment and this is where we establish how far we have come and how far yet we still have to go". "We also respect our opposition and we'll focus on what we're trying to do".

Dedryck Boyata and Stuart Armstrong are both in contention to feature having recovered from a groin and hernia operation, respectively.

Their enforced absence allowed Celtic to dominate on a scale not seen since the late 1960s and early 1970s when Jock Stein's side swept all before them at home and scaled the summit of the European club game as well.

"The three points are on offer for us and if we get them then we put ourselves in a fantastic place to go and finish the season off really strongly", he added.

"He has been training for a few weeks but has been unfortunate that he hasn't been able to get into any of the games".

"This is the biggest test we now have and we have got a group of players who are really positive, really hungry and desperate to do well, which is a great thing for a manager".

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