Brendan Rodgers believes his Celtic side have shown in recent years that they can step up their game under difficult circumstances ahead of their trip to Rangers on Saturday.

Celtic have a three-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership table, having played a game fewer than their Glasgow rivals.

Going into the Glasgow derby on Saturday, Celtic have not lost a game against their rivals since Rangers’ return to the top flight of Scottish football in 2016.

A win for Gers would put them level on points with the champions and Rodgers insisted that Celtic will give Rangers they respect they deserve, but they will also be playing for three points.

He said in a press conference: "It's a big game, but these are games we've really enjoyed. We'll look to arrive into it to get the win.

“We approach the game as we normally do.

"We'll give them the respect they deserve, as we do with every team.”

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Celtic nicked a close 4-3 win over Aberdeen on Boxing Day and Rodgers is happy that they are going into the big game on the back of a win.

He also feels the Aberdeen result was another example of his Celtic side taking their game to the next level in times of adversity.

"The team has shown in these last few years when they're in these adverse moments, they can respond.

"I was so impressed the other day.

"We stayed focused and played right to the very end, which was a great win for us.

"We arrive into this game here performing well which is important.

"The players are confident but we know we always have to work."