Brendan Rodgers: Old Firm derby crowd may not be home advantage

By Scott MullenBBC Sport Scotland
Scottish Premiership: Rangers v Celtic
Venue: Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow Date: Saturday, 29 December Kick-off: 12:30 GMT
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Brendan Rodgers has warned Rangers having a larger home support "can work for or against you" as his Celtic side prepare to visit Ibrox on Saturday.

The champions will have only 750 fans at the final Old Firm match of 2018 after both clubs decided to restrict visiting allocations earlier this year.

Celtic are three points clear of their hosts at the top of the Premiership.

"I think it's better in both grounds when both sets of supporters are there in their numbers," said Rodgers.

"But it can work for or against you as a home team.

"In that situation when you have predominantly the support in the ground it can add something to the players either positively or negatively.

"We just have to approach the game as we always do and look at our own way of working."

Rodgers is unbeaten in 12 games against Rangers since taking over in 2016, with 10 wins and two draws.

If he wins at Ibrox this time around, he will be the first Celtic manager to win five games at Ibrox in a row since 1909.

It would take Rangers to win by a four-goal margin to knock their Glasgow rivals off the top of the table, and Rodgers said: "Whatever the result will be at the end of the game we will be in a good position or a very good position.

"We can go and look to play our own game and like I say, we will be in a good position irrespective.

"If we get the win we want we will be in a very good position with a game in hand and a number of points clear.

"The records aren't important. It's more about how we play and giving the supporters what they want which is to win and win well.

Rodgers added that left-back Kieran Tierney may return to the Celtic side after missing the last four matches with a hip injury.

"He is a doubt but we will assess him after training and see where he is at," he said.

Celtic beat Rangers 1-0 in early September
Premiership leaders Celtic beat Rangers 1-0 in early September

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