Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers: 'Pressure is on Rangers'

Scott Sinclair of Celtic is tracked by Michael Doyle of Greenock Morton during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park

"There's huge pressure on Rangers in the game but for us, we'll have a good working week and go into that game and work as well as well can".

David Bates insists Rangers' jubilant reaction to landing Celtic in the semi-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup is not a sign of over-confidence from the Ibrox troops. "It's not until you look back on your career that you realise how fortunate you were to be involved in those games.?"

A four-year hiatus from the top flight followed as Rangers were forced to start again in the bottom tier.

Perhaps feeling the pressure begin to mount, Rodgers was quite bullish speaking ahead of this weekend's crucial derby.

Despite a 2-0 win over Aberdeen in their last Premiership outing, Celtic have lost two of their past five away league games - as many as they had in their previous 43 combined.

However, for the first time since former Liverpool manager Rodgers arrived in Glasgow, Celtic are looking over their shoulder.

"It tells you they expect to win and their supporters will clearly expect them to win".

Celtic, meanwhile, have failed to hit the dizzying heights they reached last season, with a record-breaking 67-match unbeaten run brought to a halt in December.

Celtic go into the game with a six-point advantage over Rangers as well as a game in hand and a victory tomorrow should see off any talk of a potential title race.

"They've made strides but this game is really important".

Scott Sinclair and James Tavernier in action (Picture: Getty)When is Rangers vs Celtic?

"This is the first time we have gone into this fixture and they have been talking about the game, which is a real positive for me in how far we have come as a football club and a squad".

"This is the biggest test we now have and we have got a group of players who are really positive, really hungry and desperate to do well, which is a great thing for a manager".

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