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Celtic v Rangers: Brendan Rodgers will savour 'unique' Parkhead roar during high noon derby duel

By Steven Beacom

Published 09/09/2016

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers is relishing the prospect of experiencing an Old Firm atmosphere for the first time, admitting that nothing will prepare him for the volume levels when his Celtic side host Rangers in the Scottish Premiership tomorrow.

Despite having followed Celtic since he was a child, Rodgers has no first hand experience of the loudest derby in football.

And while keen to focus on the match, there is a sense that the Carnlough man wants to savour the occasion too.

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss 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.

"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."

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has stated that he hopes to use the underdogs to his team's advantage, as was the case in last season's Scottish Cup semi-final.

"If you read the bookies' odds, there is no point us really turning up," said Warburton.

"We went into the semi-final as huge underdogs and we knew what we could do. And we delivered it. And we go into this weekend in exactly the same way."

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