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  • Manager: We'll prepare well for derby clash

    Manager: We'll prepare well for derby clash

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 08 Mar, 2018 09:40

  • CELTIC Park last Saturday afternoon showed little evidence of the winter weather which had wreaked havoc throughout the country in the preceding days.

    The operation to ensure that the Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Morton would go ahead had been in full swing almost as soon as the heavy snow hit Glasgow, and, indeed, the Celtic players were able to train at the stadium 24 hours before the match.

    That session, and the subsequent game, pleased Brendan Rodgers. Not only did his team book a place in the last four of the competition, but it has also now given his players a full week to prepare for this Sunday’s derby clash at Ibrox.

    And it’s a fixture that the manager is looking forward to, with the Hoops aiming to make it four wins out of four at Ibrox since the Irishman took over the helm at Celtic.

    “We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ll need to perform better and more consistently in that game,” he told this week's Celtic View, “but we’ve gone there three times before and performed very well. 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.

    “Having a full week’s preparation will make a massive difference. The objective on Saturday was to get the game done and get through to the semi-final.

    “It will be a tough game for us at Ibrox, of course, but we’ll get ready. We’ll work some elements of where we can hurt them and prepare really well for that and go there with confidence.

    “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.”

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