Brendan Rodgers issues warning to Rangers after cutting Celtic’s allocation for Old Firm derby at Ibrox
Celtic have been restricted to just 750 tickets, cut from the traditional 7,000 away allocation, for the Scottish Premiership match.
But, in a pre-match press conference, Rodgers said that having 50,000 home fans may not neccessarily work in favour for Steven Gerrard’s side.
“My feeling always is that it is better in both grounds whenever both sets of supporters are there,” he said.
“However, they are not. There will be about 750 of our supporters there.
“We hope the whole game can pass safely and there’s no issues around that and it is just the football.
“But it can work for and against you as the home team in that situation, when you have predominately the support in the ground.
“It can add something to the players either a positive or a negative.
“But we just have to approach the game as we always do with our own way of working, respect Rangers are a good team, some very good results this year.
“We will give them the respect that they deserve, as we do every team and look to focus on our own game, look to play well and get a win.”
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Rodgers has a phenomenal record against Rangers – he is unbeaten in 12 games against them since taking over in 2016.
Celtic are three points ahead of Rangers at the top-of-the-table with a game in hand ahead of their latest meeting.
“Whatever the result will be at the end of the game we will be in a good position or a very good position,” said Rodgers.
“We can go and look to play our own game and like I say, we will be in a good position irrespective.
“If we get the win we want we will be in a very good position with a game in hand and a number of points clear.
“But still a long way to go. It is only the end of December. We will be thankful of the break when it comes and we can recharge and re-set again and hopefully push on in the second-half of the season.”
Kieran Tierney is still a doubt for Celtic with a hip injury and will be assessed on Friday afternoon.
Tom Rogic is away on international duty with Australia while Jozo Simunovic has returned to training.
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