SCOTTISH FOOTBALL: Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants passion and respect at Hampden

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has urged the two sides of Glasgow’s Old Firm divide to show both passion and respect when their teams face off at Hampden on Sunday.

The Celtic boss has been struck by the intensity of life north of the border since taking over at Parkhead earlier this summer.

But he insists he has experienced none of the nastiness the fixture is capable of provoking while out and about in the city.

And he hopes it stays that way when his team take on Rangers in the Betfred Cup semi-finals at Hampden this weekend.

Last month’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash between the sides was marred by the conduct of both supports, with the Celtic faithful criticised after effigies were hung from the Parkhead stands while the Gers fans were guilty of trashing a toilet.

Police Scotland have already warned those attending tomorrow’s game to be on their best behaviour after confirming extra officers will be on duty during the match.

Speaking ahead of his first ever visit to the National Stadium, Rodgers said: “I’ve never had any trouble since I’ve been up here. I’ve enjoyed my football life and my social life outside of here.

“Any Rangers supporters I’ve met on my journey up here have been very respectful.

“I understand that when you manage or play for Celtic that it is a really privileged position.

“But I think it’s important whether you are a Rangers supporter or a Celtic supporter, you can be really passionate about your club. You can love your club - it can be your life.

“But we have to live together and respect each other’s passions.

“Going into this weekend’s game, give all your support but respect what the result is and move on afterwards.”

“I have seen a little bit of them. I saw a bit of the Inverness game and they look a little bit happier in how they are working.”