BRENDAN RODGERS faced Ibrox opposition 13 times in his first stint as Celtic manager.
The Irishman enjoyed TEN wins along with two draws and a solitary loss.
Rodgers watched the Hoops hammer THIRTY-ONE goals into their rivals’ net with only seven conceded.
As the second time-around gaffer counts down to resuming hostilities in the first derby of the season in Govan on Sunday, CQN takes an EXCLUSIVE look back at the odyssey so far.
Today, we turn the spotlight on his derby debut and the two follow-up encounters.
HAT-TRICK HERO…Moussa Dembele celebrates his devastating derby debut.
September 10, 2016, Premiership:
CELTIC 5 (Dembele 3, Sinclair, Armstrong), Rangers 1 (Garner)
YOU only get one chance to make a first impression – and Celtic’s new manager Brendan Rodgers and Moussa Dembele, his summer signing from Fulham, certainly didn’t disappoint.
The Hoops ran amok as they walloped Mark Warburton’s side with the French striker thundering in the first hat-trick in this fixture since Stevie Chalmers managed the feat in 1966, coincidentally in another runaway 5-1 success for the hosts.
Scott Sinclair and Stuart Armstrong joined the goal spree in the second-half while Joe Garner claimed the visitors’ consolation effort.
It was the start of something good for Rodgers and Celtic.
TEAM: De Vries; Lustig, Toure, Sviatchenko, Tierney; Brown (sub: McGregor), Bitton; Forrest (Roberts), Rogic (sub: Armstrong), Sinclair; Dembele.
FRENCH FANCY…Moussa Dembele flicks the ball past bamboozled Ibrox keeper Matt Gilks for the winner in the League Cup semi-final. Defender Rob McKiernan can only look on in admiration.
October 23: League Cup semi-final:
CELTIC 1 (Dembele), Rangers 0
MOUSSA DEMBELE was the man who put the anxious Ibrox side to the sword in a tight League Cup semi-final encounter at Hampden.
The tie was edging towards extra-time when Leigh Griffiths whipped over an inviting low ball from the right.
The powerhouse frontman got free of his markers for a split-second and that was all Dembele required to flick the ball cheekily between his legs past the flummoxed Matt Gilks for the winner.
Rodgers picked up his first piece of silverware a few weeks later when the Hoops overwhelmed Aberdeen 3-0 in the showpiece showdown.
TEAM: Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchnko, Tierney; Brown, Bitton (sub: Armstrong); Forrest (sub: Gamboa), Rogic (sub: Griffiths), Sinclair; Dembele.
GOVAN GLEE…Scott Sinclair slides the winner past Wes Foderingham to make it a Happy Hogmanay for the Hoops.
December 31: Premiership:
Rangers 1 (Miller), CELTIC 2 (Dembele, Sinclair)
THE hosts had no answer to mighty Moussa who was on target for a third successive derby as Celtic brought down the curtain on 2016 in superb style.
Former Hoops frontman Kenny Miller struck in only 12 minutes to shock the visitors, but, as expected, Rodgers’ men weren’t slow to reply.
Just after the half-hour mark, Scott Sinclair arced over a left-wing corner-kick and Dembele outmuscled Danny Wilson to get a touch to the ball to bring it under control before lashing an unstoppable drive high past Wes Foderingam for the equaliser.
Sinclair stroked in the winner in the 70th minute after Patrick Roberts and Stuart Armstrong had combined on the right before the midfielder squared a pass across the face of the goal.
The £4.5million buy from Aston Villa in the summer raced in unguarded to knock in the points-clincher to make sure it was a Happy New Year for Celtic, their manager and the supporters.
TEAM: Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Sviatchnko, Izaguirre; Brown, Armstrong; Forrest (sub: Roberts), McGregor, Sinclair; Dembele.
*TOMORROW: Don’t miss Rodgers v Rangers (Part Two) – only in your champion CQN.