Brendan Rodgers has been been hit with several setbacks in the build up to tomorrow’s crucial Old Firm fixture.
The Celtic vs Football Federation of Australia saga eventually saw Rodgers lose out on the services of Tom Rogic.
Another key player, Kieran Tierney, has missed the last four matches with a hip injury. He looks unlikely to return to fitness in time to feature tomorrow afternoon.
However, another undoubtedly important factor, is that Celtic will only have 750, rather than 7000 fans inside Ibrox for the match.
This afternoon, Rodgers had his say on the matter. It was interesting, to say the least.
“My feeling is that it is better in both grounds whenever both sets of fans are there”, he told the media.
“However, they are not…but it can work for and against you as the home team in that situation, when you have predominantly the support in the ground. It can add something for the players either a positive or a negative”, he added.
Rodgers attempting mind games?
To me, it seems that Rodgers is clutching at straws here.
I can’t imagine any Gers player walking out to Blue Sea of Ibrox tomorrow, thinking to himself: ‘if only there were a few thousand more Celtic fans in here.’
There will be a partizan atmosphere in the ground and surely that’s something that will benefit Rangers.
Yes, it may get tense very quickly if things don’t go according to plan. But, the fans can only do so much, its up to the players to shoulder responsibility after the first whistle goes.
Regardless of that, to say that the reduced away allocation could harm the Gers chances, is simply wishful thinking.