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Celtic and Rodgers refuse to write off Rangers ahead of Scottish Cup final

Celtic's head coach says it would be silly to underestimate Rangers in the Scottish Cup final.

Brendan Rodgers of Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says his side must be cautious of Rangers as they gear up for the Scottish Cup final this weekend.

The Old Firm derby will commence for the fifth time this season as the Glaswegian clubs look to round the season off in style.

Rodgers guided the Bhoys to a third league title in a row last weekend and his side have been superior over their rivals this term.

In the four meetings so far in 2023-24, Celtic have won three and drawn once.

Despite their stellar record, the former Leicester and Liverpool boss says his players cannot afford to be arrogant ahead of the Hampden showdown.

He said: “You can never have that arrogance.

“It’s not how we work. We have humility in how we work, we respect every opponent we play whether that’s Rangers or Raith or whoever.

“But we come into the game in the ideal condition. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. We’ve been on fire the last few months, playing really well.

“We arrive having won the league in a really, really good way and playing well.

“Any final is always a challenge and obviously a Celtic-Rangers final is a great occasion. But, for us, it’s really about focusing on our game and how we can win it.

“It can certainly add to the occasion [being an Old Firm game] but, from a football perspective, there’s no different approach to this game than to the other four games we’ve had in the league.

“We want to impose ourselves on the game. Our intention is to win the game, so our game plan and our preparation is all built towards that.”

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.