Dembele bags hat-trick as Celtic rout Rangers

Sep 18, 2016, 01:40

Despite having followed Celtic since he was a child, Rodgers has no first hand experience of the loudest derby in football.

Celtic won the last league clash 3-0 in 2012, going on to claim the first of five consecutive titles.

Rodgers, after his first Old Firm match, admitted the occasion was "everything I expected and more" and praised 20-year-old Dembele who has had to play second fiddle to Griffiths in recent weeks.

After Joe Garner pulled one back for Rangers, Dembele supplied an assist for Scott Sinclair and snatched his third of the game with seven minutes remaining, before Stuart Armstrong rounded off the scoring in second-half stoppage time.

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss will come up against Rangers manager Mark Warburton for the first time. We know we have the game to hurt anybody. What I expect is a good game of football, I hope a high-quality game of football and I hope it is one that goes our way.

'We felt with this type of stage, he'd have the attributes to make an impact. But then we got the goal and wanted to come out hard and fast in the second half.

Much had been made in the build-up of the rivalry between Brown and Rangers midfielder Joey Barton and the Celtic man was happy to taunt his opponent. We did and for 15 minutes I thought we were good.

Warburton could obviously see where some of Rangers' problems were making an uncharacteristic half-time change, replacing the ineffective Kranjcar with Andy Halliday, and the change looked to have re-invigorated the light blues. We went into that game full of confidence and belief in what we do. "It is a feisty atmosphere, a local derby with 60,000 fans, 52,000 of which will be on one side and we will recognise that".

Calum Clark: It will be a very tight affair, but it could hinge on whether Leigh Griffiths is fit or not as the focal point for Celtic's attack. I think you have seen in each of the four games how we can play and hurt teams, but it's not been a sustained performance over the 90 minutes and that's something we have to put right for the weekend.

"I'm never going to condone men being sent off but you send off Senderos because he had to go and the other player had to go as well".

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