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SPFL - The Rangers 2012 v Celtic - Sat 31st Dec 2016 - KO 12:15

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"We go into the game on Saturday with a very strong mentality and everyone's fit and will have the ability to play in the game," Rodgers said.

"There is huge pressure on them to get the result at home," Rodgers said of Mark Warburton's side.


"For us, it doesn't matter what the result is on Saturday.


"We have had a fantastic start to the season and, irrespective of the result, we will be happy with our work.


"We aim to go there and play our game and be really aggressive and attack and we know, if we can do that, we've got an opportunity to win."


"Every player that's come in has done very well and contributed to the team performance and result and Ryan was no different," Rodgers told BBC Scotland.


"I thought he was excellent - his touch, his movement, he linked the game well for us, pressed the game well."


"It's food for thought for all the players," he said. "We've played eight games this month - won seven and drew one in the Champions League - and every player has contributed."


"I was wondering what he was doing shooting, but it's a clean strike and he faded it round the defender and it's nestled into the bottom corner," he said.

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 By Joe O'Rourke CSC President. 

I and President John Andrews have attended two meeting with the Police in recent weeks, there were a couple of things on the agenda, but as you can imagine tomorrow’s game was high on the agenda. Below are the main points that concern our support. These are the areas Police Scotland will be looking at, as pointed out to the Celtic Officials in the pre-match brief.

• Coach Parking will be on Helen St
• Car Parking is on street but is advised not park anywhere close to the Stadium and approach from the West
• Flags on sticks will be permitted but only by individuals and will not be allowed in batches
• Regulation building site hard hats will not be permitted as they could cause injury if thrown
• Drums will not be permitted
• Bags will be searched
• Banners will be subject to inspection prior to entry
• Surfing banners will not be permitted
• We understand there will be 1 minute silence pre-match and ask all fans in the Stadium at that time to observe. The Club also asks that no banners or messages are displayed during the period
• Any damage to the Stadium will be met by Celtic, we will inspect Stadium post-match.

Most of the above is standard, equally Police Scotland will be out in force and have advised they will take a zero tolerance approach to all forms of offensive behaviour.

From the Club’s perspective the match is a perfect opportunity to have a celebration, underline that we are the dominant force in Scottish Football, as always we are asking all fans for positive support for the team in song and in colour with flags, scarves and banners which positively promote Celtic.

One thing I think is blatantly obvious is that the club called Sevco are trying to set a Trap for our supporters to walk into, there are a few things that have happened in the last few days that prove that, some of them I’m sure you will hear about later on.

Once again we will have a minutes silence, I have no problem with people paying their respect to those who needlessly lost their lives in the Ibrox Disaster, but I am suspicious of the motive behind it, why hasn’t Sevco officially announced the Minutes Silence? Are they hoping to catch the Celtic Support out? There was once a club in Scotland who refused to take part in a Minutes Silence for Pope John Paul 11, that particular club died four and half years ago,

A Sevco Director was on their own TV channel and apparently finished his piece by saying “We Are the People, Bring on the Celtic” Could you imaging the reaction from this shower if Peter Lawwell made comments of a similar nature? Is the idiot trying to wind up his own supporters because they have failed to back their manager financially? And because they fear we batter them at football.

We are being set-up here, I urge the Celtic Support not to fall into the trap. If you look at the statement put out by Club 1872, who were formed in 2016, strange that. They are urging the Police to take action against the Celtic Support, did they urge the Police to take action against the Bigots who wrecked the toilets at Celtic Park? I believe we are still awaiting payment for the extensive damage done.

They are also moaning about the banners displayed by the Celtic Supporters, of course their offensive banners were fine, “Hypocritical” just doesn’t do it justice. I have never seen toilets being damaged at the Bigot Dome, let’s keep it that way, you will note that Celtic officials will be able to inspect the stadium post-match, why are they not inspecting the stadium pre-match? Are they being denied the opportunity?

The Celtic Support have a brilliant extensive song repertoire, let us sing our hearts out tomorrow with the songs that cannot be questioned, the other crowd only have songs of a sectarian bigoted nature, let them get on with it.

A note to buses with regards to alcohol, the Police say they will act on intelligence with regard to searching buses for contraband. Be aware that they have the power and authority to search your bus even when only the bus driver is present.

I never look forward to going to Ibrox, mostly because of the behaviour of their supporters. Tomorrow is no different, I just hope that we play the way we are capable of playing. I also hope, though I am not confident, that the official’s let us finish the match with eleven players on the park, and that there are no controversial incidents, because they always seem to go against us.

I just want the Celtic Supporters to go and have a Party, singing and dancing all afternoon, let us win the competition off the pitch, and for Brendan and the Bhoys to win the competition on the pitch. Glasgow is Green and White. 129 years of Proud Unbroken History.

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Never seen such an open game for a while.  Although we were far more dominant and should have scored at least 2 more, they had far too many chances for my liking.  And had their decision making been better and had Gordon not been as alert, it may have been a different story.  Have the back 4 became a little complacent?  Izziguere came onto a game but was gash first half and again made me realise how much we miss tierney.  Erik looked lackadaisical at times and caused their goal. Jozo done ok I thought as did lustig who had a hard time against the much quicker mackay.  I thought the central partnership of jozo and Erik is our strongest and thought they had gelled and sorted mistakes out, but I felt yesterday they looked quite vulnerable especially with the amount of chances the zombies had.  I would like to see another CB come in Jan window ,as kolo is only cover and he too looked sloppy the past few performances, to try push these two. Competition Seems to be working elsewhere on the park.

2nd half was excellent though.  Some of the passing was awesome and I just wish Armstrong had scored his little dink shot as the build up to that was fantastic. I feel he is becoming a very important player for us and would love him to become future captain if his performances continue and when brown retires (if he's still here!). 

Woul love to go through season unbeaten. That would be an awesome achievement. But plenty to be cheerful about in 2017. We have a good balance of youth and experience and BR not shy to play young players Andy give them a chance, namely Christie, who I think is a decent player Andy would like to see more of. Just hope we have learned from past mistake and BUILD from a posisition of strength and identify and sort weakenesses properly rather than using a stop gap. 

So happy new year folks.  Here we go, 10 in a row...

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