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Old Firm pressure all on Rangers, says Celtic boss Rodgers

By Graham Luney

Brendan Rodgers has warned Rangers that his Celtic side are ready to dish out more punishment on Hogmanay. The Ulsterman says all the pressure will be on the Gers at Ibrox on Saturday (12.15pm) after the Hoops extended their lead over the Light Blues at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership to 16 points.

Celtic, who have played a game less than the Gers, recorded a 2-0 home win over Ross County last night with goals from Erik Sviatchenko and Stuart Armstrong, while Rangers were held 1-1 at Tommy Wright's St Johnstone.

Barrie McKay fired the Gers ahead but Rob Kiernan's short back-pass allowed Steven MacLean to level and after the game Saints defender Steven Anderson accused Kiernan of punching him.

Rodgers said: "There is huge pressure on them to get the result at home. For us, we have played in big games under pressure this season and dealt well with it, stayed calm and got the result. We have had a fantastic start to the season and irrespective of the result, we will be happy with our work."

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