RODGERS BELIEVES ‘BAN’ COULD BACKFIRE

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BRENDAN RODGERS believes Celtic only having 750 fans at Ibrox tomorrow could backfire on Steven Gerrard’s side.

The champions have won their last four games in Govan, but have had their ticket allocation slashed fromĀ 7,000 for this occasion.

Boss Rodgers said: “My feeling always is that it is better in both grounds whenever both sets of supporters are there.

“However, they are not. There will be about 750 of our supporters there. We hope the whole game can pass safely and there’s no issues around that and it is just the football.

“But it can work for and against you as the home team in that situation, when you have predominately the support in the ground. It can add something to the players either a positive or a negative.”

A victory in the 12.30pm kick-off will open up a six-point advantage for Rodgers’ men at the top of the Premiership as they bid for their eighth successive title. They will also have a game in hand over tomorrow’s opponents.

The Irishman added: “Whatever the result will be at the end of the game, we will be in a good position or a VERY good position.

“We can go and look to play our own game and, like I say, we will be in a good position irrespective.

“But there’s still a long way to go. It is only the end of December. We will be thankful of the break when it comes and we can recharge and re-set again and, hopefully, push on in the second half of the season.

“The records aren’t important. It’s more about how we play and giving the supporters what they want which is to win and win well.

“We’ve played there very well and we arrive into this game performing well which is important.

“The players are confident, but we know we always have to work and that would be our aim.”

Rodgers has won 10 and drawn two of his 12 meetings with the Govan side since he took over as Parkhead boss from Ronny Deila in May 2016.

He faced his former Liverpool skipper Gerrard at Parkhead in September for the first time and a second-half goal from Olivier Ntcham gave the home side a 1-0 triumph.

The narrow scoreline hardly took the story of the encounter with the Hoops hitting the woodwork four times with efforts from Ntcham, James Forrest, Mikael Lustig and Leigh Griffiths.

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