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We’ll be waiting if Rangers slip up, says Rogne

Thomas Rogne insists Celtic must be ready to capitalise on any mistakes by Rangers as the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title race enters a tense final week.

Goals by Scott Brown and Kris Commons against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park yesterday took Neil Lennon's side back to within a point of their Old Firm rivals with two games remaining.

Celtic need the champions to slip up while ensuring they take maximum points from their away trip to Hearts on Wednesday night and Motherwell’s visit on Sunday.

Rogne (20), claims the team are ready to pounce if Rangers falter, either against Dundee United at Ibrox on Tuesday night or away to Killie on Sunday.

“We know we are now relying on one of the other teams doing us a favour,” he said. “But you never know what will happen. It would obviously be fantastic if that happened, however we know we have no control over that.

“What we can control is our own results in the final matches.

“We managed to win at Kilmarnock and we must now do the same away to Hearts and at home to Motherwell.

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“To have any chance we need to win these matches.

“It would be difficult to accept if other results went our way and we weren't able to take full advantage, so we need to focus and finish the season as strongly as possible.”

Rogne returned to the Hoops defence for the trip to Ayrshire and took to the field knowing defeat would present Rangers with the chance to win the title at Ibrox tonight.

He admits handing the advantage back to the Govan club last week when they lost 3-2 at Inverness has been difficult to take, but that Celtic are focused on winning their games.

“It was really disappointing to lose last week but we came back into training and everyone got their heads down and worked hard because that's what you do. You can't dwell on a disappointing result when you have other games.”

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