Philippe Clement Responds to Brendan Rodgers’ “Have Some Fun” Comments Ahead of Old Firm Clash

Tensions are rising ahead of the highly anticipated Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic this Saturday. Rangers manager Philippe Clement took aim at Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, accusing him of disrespecting his team with pre-match comments.

Following Celtic’s 3-0 win over Hearts, Rodgers expressed his excitement for the upcoming clash, stating, “We can have a bit of fun.” However, Clement wasn’t amused by the remark.

“That is something that I would never say about an opponent,” said Clement after Rangers’ 4-1 victory against Kilmarnock. “It’s not really respectful towards my team. That is what I think. So I will never say things like that about an opponent.”

Despite the apparent slight, Clement remains focused on the challenge ahead. “I am looking forward to that (game) and to be honest as a manager I would love that it was tomorrow instead of next week,” he admitted. “The team has already done a lot of steps and now it is about making the next step.”

With Rangers now just three points behind their city rivals with three games left in the season, Clement is confident his team is ready to close the gap. “We are really hungry for that game,” he declared.

Rangers’ title hopes are alive

Rangers’ title hopes are far from over, and Brendan Rodgers knows it. This season has already seen several twists and turns in the title race, with Philippe Clement’s side showing great resilience in keeping pace with Celtic.

Rodgers’ comments about Rangers needing to “have some fun” can be seen as an attempt to put psychological pressure on his rivals. However, Rangers will be looking to show that they are not fazed by such tactics and are fully focused on the job at hand.

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A win over Celtic would see Rangers level on points with Rodgers’ side, and would put the onus firmly on the Hoops to respond. It promises to be a tense and exciting finale to the Scottish Premiership season.