Brendan Rodgers has had his say ahead of Sunday’s Scottish cup semi-final match against Rangers.
The Hoops boss has always maintained his calm demeanour when facing the press and he continued doing so earlier today as he spoke about his side’s determination to continue writing history.
The champions are on course to complete a historic second successive treble win, with Rangers standing in their way of a place in the final.
Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s clash, the Irishman said:
We are at a club here where the history is enormous and what we did last year was historic but we want to keep writing our own history and that means going into these games focused on the next game.
We go in to Hampden where the team have played very well and that gives us faith and confidence in our work but not taking away knowing it will be a tough game.
Everyone talks about this gap. Celtic’s opponents are not just Rangers, you’ve got Aberdeen that have been second the last number of years, Hibs up and doing really well, Hearts getting stronger, Kilmarnock and Motherwell doing well. Every game is a challenge.
It’s like when we played Bayern. It was very close, the home game, but they were clearly better than us. For us, it’s not about being concerned if they are closer or not. They’ll be looking at Hibs and Aberdeen in terms of their race. Our focus is very much on ourselves.
The last game showed the remarkable resilience of this team and their mentality. When anything happens in the game against us, we have that calmness and ability to come back. The odds were stacked against us but we showed our qualities and rose to the challenge.
This is the game they were cheering for. For us, we always respect every opponent we play and get ready for the game. One of the values of this club is about humility. We respect every opponent we play. We just prepare for the game.
The boss also gave a brief update on the fitness of his squad ahead of the weekend:
Craig [Gordon] will return to the squad and we’ll assess over the next 24 hours the team and which team we put out. We are keeping an eye on Stuart [Armstrong], knock with his calf so we’ll need to assess that over the next few days.
The last meeting between the two Glasgow sides came in last month’s thrilling game at Ibrox which saw ten-men Celtic overcome Graeme Murty’s side to win 3-2.
Rodgers has yet to lose to the Ibrox side since he was appointed Hoops manager back in May 2016, that spans over a course of nine games in all competitions.
Aberdeen take on Motherwell on Saturday in the first semi-final at Hampden Park in what will be a 12.15 kick-off.
Kick-off for Sunday’s fixture is at 14.30, with coverage starting on Sky Sports from 14.15.