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RODGERS AND HAMMER STEIN!

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BRENDAN RODGERS will take on his fourth Sevco Rangers manager when Steven Gerrard leads the Ibrox side to Parkhead tomorrow.

In his two years and four months as Parkhead, the Celtic boss has faced Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha, Graeme Murty and now his former Liverpool captain.

Jock Stein only met the challenge of four Govan gaffers in his entire THIRTEEN years in charge of the Hoops!

The club legend squared up to Scot Symon, Davie White, Willie Waddell and Jock Wallace.

Rodgers made his Old Firm debut against Warburton in a Premiership clash in the east end of Glasgow in September 2016 and triumphed 5-1 with Moussa Dembele, his bargain signing from Fulham, netting a hat-trick.

Another strike from the French powerhouse gave the Hoops a 1-0 League Cup semi-final win the following month and after a 2-1 win victory at Ibrox on Hogmanay the Englishman was heading for the exit.

Murty took over in a caretaker capacity and helped his team to a 1-1 draw at Parkhead in March 2017, but Portuguese coach Caixinha was in place when the Gers went down 2-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final a month later.

Six days afterwards, the Portuguese coach watched in horror as his team were thrashed 5-1 in Govan and following a 2-0 loss at the same venue in September, he, too, was handed his P45.

Murty was brought in again and halted Rodgers’ progress once more with a goalless draw at Parkhead in December.

It unravelled for the former Scotland international when the champions notched three successive victories in two months, scoring 12 goals in the process.

Rodgers beat Murty at the third time of asking with a 3-2 victory in Govan in April when his side, with Jozo Simunovic red-carded with over half-an-hour still to play, claimed the points with a winner from substitute Odsonne Edouard.

The following month, the holders stormed to a 4-0 success in the Scottish Cup semi-final and a fortnight later claimed their seventh successive title with an overwhelming 5-0 home triumph.

Stein faced Symon for the first time in September 1965 and lost 2-1 at Ibrox. Two years later, the veteran Gers boss was sacked and 34-year-old rookie Davie White, four years younger than Gerrard, saw a last-minute goal from Kai Johansen gave his team a 2-2 draw on January 2 1968 at Parkhead.

Two years a one day later, Waddell, who had taken over from the axed White, guided his side to a goalless stalemate at the same venue.

In September 13, 1972, it was the battle of the Big Jocks when Wallace was in at the helm and Stein was the victor in a 3-1 win at Hampden, the league game switched with work being done at Parkhead.

Overall, Stein enjoyed 26 successes in Glasgow derbies.

 
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