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Hoops can handle the pressure but new test for our rivals: Rodgers

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes the pressure is firmly on Rangers going into Sunday's Old Firm derby at Ibrox.

The Ulsterman has not lost in eight matches against the Light Blues since he took over at Parkhead in 2016 and has won three out of three in Govan.

The Hoops sit six points clear of their old rivals at the top of the table with a game in hand, as they look to secure their second successive domestic treble.

Following their 3-0 home win over Morton in the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final last week - and drawing Rangers in the last four - Rodgers' squad will enjoy a rare free week to prepare for the game against their fierce rivals and support, who have grown in confidence with recent form having lost only once in 12 games.

"We've got a lot of work to do and we'll need to perform better and more consistently in that game," said Rodgers.

"Having a full week's preparation will make a massive difference. We'll work some elements of where we can hurt them and prepare really well for that and go there with confidence.

"They've got a bit more spirit and they've probably found a consistency, but they've played without pressure for most of my time up here so they'll feel this little bit of pressure in the game because it's a game they have to win."

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