'Ibrox a great place' says ex-Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers but full away allocation should return

Brendan Rodgers believes the Old Firm game is made by the supporters and reckons it is time Celtic and Rangers get the away allocation “back”.

Ange Postecoglou’s men have the advantage going into Sunday's top-of-the table clash at Ibrox with just three points separating the rivals at the summit of the cinch Premiership

Celtic will be backed by 700 fans in Govan after the first two derby matches of the season were played without away fans but Rodgers, who believes “Ibrox is a great place to go and play with the atmosphere”, feels the teams need to work together TO increase the visiting allocation further.

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"The uniqueness of Celtic and Rangers is the supporters," the Leicester City boss told Sky Sports. "To feel a game as Celtic manager against Rangers is such a special occasion.

Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers wants to see a return of full away allocations at Old Firm matches. Picture: SNS

"I just hope that, going forward, the two teams can get the allocation back because that's what truly makes it: the spectacle around the world. They're still great games – I watched the last game which Celtic won 3-0 and they played fantastically well at Celtic Park and the atmosphere was amazing.

"But I think that extra bit comes when you have that 7,000, 8,000 supporters that travel as well because that really brings the atmosphere up a little bit more as well. Hopefully they can get back to those numbers again, but in the meantime - home or away - they're incredible games to be involved in and if you can win, they're extra special."

Rodgers knows what it takes to win an Old Firm game having won ten of 14 during his time in charge. But Celtic haven't won at Ibrox since September 2019 under Neil Lennon.

"Ange has done a fantastic job there," he said. "They've played some terrific football, they've got themselves into a great position and whatever happens at the end of Sunday, they'll still be top and in a really good position.

"To win there with Celtic is obviously special there, as a player or a manager, and they'll go on and play with no fear and will go on to win the game."

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