Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers not feeling pressure before Old Firm clash

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers is relaxed about the expectations heaped upon Celtic going into the Old Firm game against Rangers on Saturday.

The Hoops are overwhelming favourites to win the first league fixture between the two clubs at Celtic Park in four years.

Rodgers, who took over in the summer and who will be involved in the fixture for the first time, said: “When you are Celtic and you play every game, especially at home, (winning) is what is expected of you.

“We are not running away to say that we don’t want to be the favourites for the game.

“Whether we were playing Rangers, Aberdeen, St Johnstone, Hearts, whoever we play at home, the objective going into the game is to win.

“It’s a huge game, a big game, but one that we want to win, like every game at Celtic Park.

“More importantly, the way the team is playing, the energy and ambition of the team has given the supporters something to be proud of so far and, as I said, the atmosphere will be incredible.”

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss will come up against Rangers manager Mark Warburton for the first time. Both men worked together at Watford but Rodgers says that counts for nothing.

“When I was the manager of Watford, it was my first job. He was academy director and he did great work for the youths.

“There is a friendship there from our time at Watford.”