Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admits that derbies rarely turn out to be great football games because of the intense atmosphere surrounding the fixtures, but he is looking forward to an "historical game" against Rangers.

Rodgers is preparing his team for the first Old Firm derby of the season against Rangers this Saturday, and is aware of the pressure of these kinds of games from his previous managerial stints.

As Swansea manager the Northern Irishman encountered the heat of a Wales derby against Cardiff City, and he is also aware of the heated rivalry Liverpool share with Everton and Manchester United from his time at Anfield.

However, Rodgers admits that each derby is different because of the historical significance of each of them, and he is also aware that these kinds of games are rarely great spectacles because of the intensity of the atmosphere surrounding them.

The 43-year-old told Celtic TV: “Every derby is different.  


“I have been involved in the Swansea-Cardiff derby which is very intense; been involved in the Liverpool- Everton derby which are huge games, Liverpool-Manchester United are big games.

“This game is unique in itself; it’s a historical game between Celtic and Rangers and obviously being a supporter and having felt the emotion of it, they are always tense and sometimes they are not the best football games.”

While Celtic suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Rangers in the Scottish FA Cup semi-final last season, this weekend will be their first league clash since 2012.