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Rangers boss Jo Potter criticised Celtic’s Hampden huddle to look “tough,” according to Hoops manager Elena Sadiku.

Potter was irked at Celtic’s lingering pre-match huddle that delayed kick-off by ten seconds or so.

After the game Potter said in a BBC interview that ‘when you’ve got to use tactics like that it says more about your mindset.’

Rangers went on to comfortably win the game 2-0 with Sadiku critical of her side and their performance in the aftermath of the game.

The Swede, though, was furious at the criticism and has insisted that nothing will be changing ahead of the top-of-the-table clash Monday at Broadwood between the teams.

“We always do the same thing before games,” said the 30-year-old.  “I think she just wants to have something to say and be tough about it.  I don’t care what she’s saying. If she says that’s our mindset then she can just think that because I couldn’t care less.

“It is something that she wants to say to feel like she’s better or whatever. I don’t care. We always do the same thing.

“I don’t know where she got that from but is it is something that she wants to focus on the let her focus on it.

“If you look at the previous games – look at the huddle and the time it takes. I have no idea.”

Potter had also suggested that Rangers are a fitter team than Celtic as she revealed that she had been relaxed about the potential for extra-time at the weekend, a remark that had also raised the hackles of Sadiku.

“Let her keep talking,” she said. “I have heard it. Let her talk. I am not going to say something about another team because it is not my business and that is just how I am.

“If she wants to give comments about other teams or say something like that, let her say it. “You know, I can say we didn’t look like we have been looking lately [on Saturday] but if you look at the game we won against them last month I could also say we looked much fitter.

“I didn’t. I wanted to praise our performance and that is what is the most important thing for me.”

Monday’s game is an intriguing meeting with both teams locked on the same points after Rangers beat Hearts on Wednesday night and Celtic were held by Glasgow City.

Celtic have the better goal difference of 13 with Sadiku insisting that there is every belief that the club can claim their first ever title.

“100% we believe,” she said.

We are going to focus only on ourselves,” said Sadiku. “If you look at how we have been playing, especially since the split, it is attacking football with intensity and pace.
“That is something that we still need to do. That is the reason why we are where we are. That belief in what we do is going to be very important.”



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