23 Sep, 16:00
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Rangers will have been “scarred” by his team’s dominance of the Old Firm fixture last season as the Glasgow giants prepare for their first meeting of the new campaign at Ibrox this afternoon.
Rodgers’ side enjoyed comprehensive success against their fierce rivals during ?Celtic’s undefeated treble-winning season, winning five and drawing one of the six clashes between the teams. The sequence included two crushing 5-1 victories in the Premiership, as well as semi-final wins in both domestic cup competitions, with a goal aggregate of 16 to four in Celtic’s favour.
Rodgers accepts Celtic face a radically reshaped for today, after Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha summer overhaul of the squad he inherited from Mark Warburton in March.
The 44-year-old is also hopeful there will be no repeat of the racial abuse directed at Celtic winger Scott Sinclair during the last Old Firm game of last season, which saw Celtic’s record win at Ibrox – 5-1.