'Under his skin' - Celtic hero makes Philippe Clement claim

Rangers v Heart of Midlothian - Scottish Cup Semi Final
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As we head into the final few weeks of the Scottish Premiership season, the pressure is well and truly on. This is the closest the league title race has been in many years. Celtic currently lead by three points with the same number of games left to be played and they have a slightly better goal difference as well. Ultimately, it could all end up being decided in next week's Glasgow Derby at Parkhead.

The home atmosphere is one advantage that Celtic will have next weekend. They cannot afford to take anything for granted though. This is expected to be a very tight game and the Hoops need to be at their very best on the day.

Brendan Rodgers comments about having fun next weekend has proven to be a topic of discussion over the last day. They could prove to be 'genius' or 'mistimed', depending upon the result next weekend.

Chris Sutton does appear to believe that Rodgers has gotten under the skin of Philippe Clement. As reported by The Scottish Sun, the former Celtic striker said while speaking on Sky Sports:

"Brendan has got under his skin.

"When he first came in he was always calm and composed but he is feeling the pressure.

"I don't know why Brendan has said it. It would have been tongue in cheek, but it is better to do your talking at the end of the season."

'Under his skin' - Celtic hero makes Philippe Clement claim

It remains to be seen if it ends up having an impact on the performance of the Rangers next weekend. Celtic have the better record in Glasgow derbies over the past three seasons or so, but these are always one-off games with form and records often going out of the window.

Even a draw at Parkhead would be a decent result for Celtic in the grand scheme of things. But losing should be absolutely out of question.

That would throw the title race wide open again and the pressure would then be on the Hoops to get results in the upcoming weeks. All things considered, this might be the most important that Scottish football has witnessed in a long time.