Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has urged the Bhoys' supporters to create a special atmosphere inside Parkhead on Saturday for the Old Firm derby.

The age old Celtic-Rangers derby is returning to the top tier of Scottish football for the first time in four years, and the build up to the game has been intense for both sets of supporters.

Celtic will be looking to lay down an early season marker as Scotland’s dominant force, and Rangers are keen to prove that they have not missed a beat despite being out of the top tier for four years.

And Rodgers is looking forward to the Celtic fans creating a riveting atmosphere inside Parkhead for the derby, to make the occasion even more special this weekend.

The Celtic boss commended the supporters for turning out in droves this season to back their team, and he is keen to see the same at Parkhead on Saturday for the derby.  


On whether he is expecting a special atmosphere this Saturday, Rodgers told Celtic TV: “I think so, it will be really special.

“I have got to commend the supporters because I asked them to come and fill the stadium and virtually the games that we have played, the games that meant something, it has been virtually full.

“So I commend them for their support, and I think when you support Celtic, it’s not a choice, it’s an obligation. So when you support the team you've got to get there to support them.

“When the team are playing well you support them, when they are not, you can give them their support as it can lift the team.

“And hopefully they will make a really special atmosphere for this game.”

Rangers edged out Celtic in the last meeting between the two sides, in the Scottish Cup semi-final last season.