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CALM BEFORE THE STORM

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CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers is relaxed before tomorrow’s Glasgow derby at Parkhead.

The champions are overwhelming favourites to win the first league fixture between the two clubs.
Rodgers said: “When you are Celtic and you play every game, especially at home, winning is what is expected of you.

“Whether we were playing Rangers (sic), 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.

“Every derby is different. Having experienced derbies before there is a uniqueness to each one and this is iconic throughout the world and one that I am really looking forward to.”

The former Liverpool boss will come up against Ibrox manager Mark Warburton for the first time.

Both men worked together at Watford, but Rodgers insists that period was too short for there to be any possible bluffing or double-bluffing when it comes to team selection and tactics.

He said: “We didn’t work long enough together for that. I was only there a short period of time.

“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 and we spoke on a number of occasions when we left. But we weren’t best mates and speaking every week.”

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