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Rangers vs Celtic: Philippe Clement and Brendan Rodgers look ahead to Sunday’s Old Firm | Football News



Rangers vs Celtic: Philippe Clement and Brendan Rodgers look ahead to Sunday's Old Firm | Football News

Philippe Clement says he’s prepared for an “intense” Previous Agency conflict, whereas Brendan Rodgers insists Sunday’s match isn’t a must-win for Celtic.

The 2 sides meet for the third time this season, stay on Sky Sports activities from 11am – with kick-off at 12pm.

Celtic go into the derby one level forward of their rivals within the desk – however Clement’s aspect have a sport in hand, so both workforce might take actual management of the title race with victory.

Sunday seventh April 11:00am

Each managers have been chatting with Sky Sports activities forward of the essential fixture…

Clement: I really like the stress of those video games

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Philippe Clement is backing his gamers to impress towards Celtic as they give the impression of being to beat their Previous Agency rivals and regain the lead within the Scottish Premiership title race

Gers boss Clement needs his gamers to do “particular issues” as he prepares for Sunday’s “intense” top-of-the-table conflict.

The Ibrox membership have received 10 of their final 11 matches since struggling defeat at Celtic in December – a run of type that has propelled them again into the title race.

Rangers have been seven factors behind their rivals earlier than the Belgian took cost and he’s assured his gamers can see off Celtic for the primary time this season.

“I like it – that’s the reason I’m right here,” Clement advised Sky Sports activities when requested concerning the expectancy and stress forward of this fixture.

“You will need to maintain your cool and I’ve numerous belief and perception in my gamers, and crucial factor for me is the followers now belief this group of gamers. We’ve got our followers behind us they usually know the gamers can do superb issues – that could be a large power and distinction from the previous.

“It’s a high-tempo sport. You can’t make errors, we have been actually near getting a outcome even with 10 gamers on the finish of the sport [at Celtic Park]. We had probabilities to get the outcome, we had two unfortunate objectives towards us and that’s decisive.

“These video games are selected particulars and being actually good on the day. You want gamers who elevate their degree on the day and do particular issues. It’ll be a good sport, an intense sport and I hope it’s a good sport for everyone.

“To win trophies can also be about consistency and that is a crucial factor. I see increasingly consistency within the group, extra gamers can be found to do the issues we need to do and take extra factors, so we have to proceed that method.”

Rodgers: We need to win, however need not

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Brendan Rodgers tells Sky Sports activities that Sunday’s conflict with Rangers isn’t a should win when it comes to their title push, whereas he hopes to have Callum McGregor again for the journey to Ibrox

Celtic boss Rodgers – who has misplaced simply one among his 15 conferences towards Rangers – believes the league leaders can afford to drop factors at Ibrox.

“It is clearly a sport we need to win, however we need not,” he advised Sky Sports activities.

“There are nonetheless six different video games and we’ll play Rangers once more, however there isn’t any doubt we need to assault the sport and, in fact, we go in with the mindset to win.

“It is actually not completed both method no matter occurs on the weekend.

“Our focus coming into this sport is simply taking part in on the degree we need to play at from a soccer context and that is all the time been my method anytime we have performed these video games, that are improbable video games to be concerned in.

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Relive all of the objectives from this season’s Previous Agency matches as Rangers and Celtic put together to go face to face once more

“These video games are very heated, there are numerous storylines main into the video games however I’ve all the time seen them as alternatives to showcase your high quality and your expertise as a soccer participant. Fortunately, in the primary, my groups have been ready to try this.

“We went there earlier on within the season and I feel it was not solely an awesome lesson in soccer but in addition in life as a result of after we arrived in that sport individually and collectively we have been written off. Rangers have been on the up and have been prepared for us whereas we had gamers lacking.

“We confirmed collectively should you keep collectively and also you focus and work onerous and play to your degree you will all the time be in with an opportunity to be the victor and that was the case.

“Rangers will need to win the sport, they’ve clearly completed properly this season. For us, we’re there to compete and be aggressive.

“You all the time need to be sturdy mentally away from dwelling at Ibrox which is what we goal to be.”

Will Yilmaz and McGregor return?

Ridvan Yilmas could leave Rangers in January
Ridvan Yilmaz picked up an damage whereas with Turkey

Rangers defender Ridvan Yilmaz and Celtic captain Callum McGregor have each returned to coaching, however there are nonetheless questions on their health for the Ibrox showdown.

Yilmaz picked up a thigh damage on worldwide responsibility with Turkey and whereas the Gers boss is “undecided” if he will likely be obtainable – he is not going to make a remaining resolution over who begins at left-back till Sunday.

Abdallah Sima, who returned to motion within the 3-1 win over Hibernian, might begin at Ibrox – whereas the remainder of the squad skilled forward of the sport – apart from Ryan Jack, Danilo and Oscar Cortes.

“During the last couple of months that has been case [we have had many injuries] and we have to discover options,” Clement stated.

“Along with the employees and gamers, we all the time discovered options. In case you look again on this era for the reason that final Previous Agency, we had 11 video games and took 30 factors out of 33.

“We’re altering numerous gamers and gamers are taking part in out of place however the workforce is doing the job and that’s what I anticipate on Sunday once more.”

Celtic captain Callum McGregor trained with his team mates on Friday
Celtic captain Callum McGregor skilled together with his team-mates on Friday

Rodgers is hopeful his captain – who has been out for 5 weeks with an Achilles drawback – will likely be match for the journey to Govan: “He is simply obtained yet another day to get via, however he is made a exceptional restoration.

“He is clearly not match match given he is been out for some time however we’re hoping he’ll be obtainable to be concerned within the sport.

“He is come again perhaps three or 4 weeks forward of schedule in order that reveals the work and professionalism he can put into the sport and his preparation, so hopefully, all being properly, he will get via and we’ve a clear invoice of well being for the primary time this season.

“We would not threat him [McGregor] for this sport, I feel that we’ve to be wise and we’ve to have logic. It is not prefer it’s a cup remaining, there’s clearly going to be extra video games after this sport.”

Clement and Rodgers again referees

John Beaton will take charge of the match at Ibrox
John Beaton will take cost of the match at Ibrox

John Beaton will referee the match at Ibrox, only a month after Rodgers was charged by the Scottish FA for branding him ‘incompetent’.

The Celtic boss was banned for his or her win at Livingston on Sunday after he referred to as out referee Don Robertson and Beaton, who was within the VAR room on that event, for controversial choices of their defeat at Hearts on March 3.

On the appointment, he stated: “I stated my level about that one sport, however John is likely one of the main referees and naturally should you’re in that place you are going to get the largest video games.

“I’ve obtained no worries when it comes to refereeing.”

Rangers, in the meantime, have been sad with the refereeing after their defeat at Celtic Park in December, nevertheless, Clement has urged his gamers to not concentrate on points off the sector.

“I would like my gamers to solely be busy with our soccer, not with the referees, opponents, crowds or exterior noise,” Clement stated when requested about criticism of Robertson after December’s Celtic defeat.

“We have to be centered on ourselves. It’s a particular metropolis in that method – everyone seems to be all the time wanting again to the previous, talking about referees who made a fallacious resolution towards their workforce in 1993 or 2008, and due to that they don’t seem to be competent to do the sport.

“The referees are good, they work onerous and make errors like we do additionally – gamers make errors, managers make errors however they need to do the nice of the sport and are vital.”

Watch Rangers vs Celtic stay on Sky Sports activities Soccer from 11am on Sunday, kick-off at 12pm.

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