ANGE POSTECOGLOU is aiming to give the Celtic fans the opportunity to make some noise for the Bhoys at Parkhead this evening.

This is the first time the Hoops supporters will be able to take their place at a packed Paradise for a Glasgow derby since December 2019.

The long wait is over tonight as 60,000 followers take over the stadium for the visit of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Ibrox men.

It’s going to be a special night in the east end of the city with the home side given the chance of going to the Premiership pinnacle for the first time this season.

A positive Postecoglou, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “This is the reason you’re involved in football and I relished the opportunity to take over this football club because you want to be involved in the big games with the big crowds and consequences.

“I think I’m gone beyond the nervous stage as a manager, but it doesn’t mean I don’t get excited about it.

“We’re all passionate about football and we love the big moments as a supporter, player, or manager, so I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s important for our supporters because there’s no doubting this is a fixture they look forward to.

“They want to have an enjoyable night and that’s down to us performing well and winning.

“The fans were noisy against Dundee United, so it should be great.

“It’s also important because it’s a chance to go top and climb up a position which would be good, but no matter what, we have to dust ourselves down and go again at the weekend.”

It took a last-gasp strike from Liel Abada to down Dundee United at the weekend to set up the crucial confrontation and the Bhoys are heading into the game full of confidence.

However, they will be without the banned stand-in skipper Nir Bitton who was red-carded against the Tannadice visitors

Postecoglou will make decisions on Callum McGregor and Daizen Maeda just before the kick-off.

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