08 Sep Rodgers ready for unique game
Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to a noise like no other at Celtic Park when he experiences close up his first Old Firm game on Saturday.
The former Swansea and Liverpool boss is a lifelong Hoops fan has but has not yet been to a match against Rangers.
As the two Glasgow giants prepare to meet in the Ladbrokes Premiership for the first time in four years, Rodgers will get a pitchside view – but he has witnessed enough passion from the home fans since he took over in the summer to give him a flavour of what to expect.
The Northern Irishman said: “Of course a lot of my adulthood in England I have been coaching and working so never really had the chance to see them but certainly watched them on television when I could.
“But I don’t think anything will prepare you from watching on the television to actually being there.
“And this time being the first time in the number of years there has been a Celtic-Rangers game at Celtic Park then of course that is going to add that little bit of spice to it.
“Each one is unique and different.
“I am really looking forward to this game because I have heard noise at Celtic Park that I haven’t heard before as a manager and a coach, wherever I have been, home or away.
“That is why so many players around the world speak so fondly and highly of the atmosphere at Celtic Park.
“It really is a unique atmosphere and with over 60,000 in it and with over 55,000 probably cheering for Celtic I think it is going to be an incredible occasion and a great occasion for Scottish football.
He continued: “The Merseyside derby was a fantastic game.
“The south Wales derby is different and in its own way, great games to be involved in and also Liverpool versus Manchester United, a real inter-city rivalry.
“This here is a different one again and I am really looking forward to it, as are the team.
“It is one of the first games I looked for when the fixtures came out and very quickly it is upon us – and I can’t wait.”
Rodgers revealed striker Leigh Griffiths has had a scan on his hamstring injury and will be monitored.
Left-back Kieran Tierney should be available after sustaining an ankle complaint which also kept him out of Scotland’s World Cup qualifying win over Malta on Sunday.
Tensions are sure to be high in the Celtic Park stands as the city rivalry resumes on a regular basis this season, with the champions one point ahead of the Ibrox men with a game in hand.
Rodgers is confident, however, that it will be football which will provide the post-match talking points.
“I am sure that will be the case,” Rodgers said after collecting the Ladbrokes Premiership manager of the month award. “You have two sets of supporters passionate about their club.
“It is the life of the Celtic supporters. They live and breathe Celtic, Celtic is their passion and the Rangers supporters, they are passionate for their team as well.
“I am sure it will be a brilliant game, a tense game, they always are.
“There will be pressure in the game but of course when you are the home team you want to make sure you are doing it for your supporters and for us it is a case that we want to do it for them, but of course also to add another three points to this early part of the season.”