Brendan Rodgers: Celtic enjoy going to Ibrox to play Rangers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes that his players enjoy going to Ibrox after inheriting a team that was less than confident playing there.

Rodgers has yet to lose against Rangers and victory on Saturday will make it six-in-a-row.

The Northern Irishman, speaking to the Sunday Mail said: “I don’t know what it was like before. But I just sensed a feeling when I came in. It’s not so much about changing minds but changing a mindset.

“There’s a difference. The sense was that the feelings around it were more negative than positive. It’s just pointing out the obvious. If you want to win and win titles, you’ve got to be able to play at the biggest stadiums, whether you like it or not.

“We play with real calmness and that is important because to play in these big games you have to be calm. The players have shown consistently the temperament that they have. Last season we were behind in the game twice and had a man sent off.

“It hasn’t been all plain sailing but the excellent resilience that they have shown and the quality has been absolutely brilliant.”

At the start of the season, Rangers chairman Dave King kowtowed to the militant wing of the Rangers support who demanded a cut to Celtic’s allocation parcelling it up as increased demand for Season Tickets – while many Celtic fans believe it is to cut the number of Celtic fans celebrating more Rangers’ misery.

And Rodgers made his feelings quite clear on the ticket allocation cull.

He added: “For the game it is not ideal. In terms of the game being a spectacle you would want both teams to have as many supporters as they can in both games. It is a shame that on both side some supporters are going to miss out. It’s certainly not something that we wanted but we just have to get on with it.

“It’s a great stadium to go to – there is intensity and there is passion there which is what you want to be involved in. As long as you keep control and cope with that intensity then you can play well.”