Brendan Rodgers makes an admission about Old Firm derby

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he has never been to a match between Celtic and Ibrox side Rangers.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses with the Celtic shirt after the press conference

Newly-appointed Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed to The Telegraph that he has never been to an Old Firm derby.

Rodgers hails from a Celtic-supporting family, but the Northern Irishman has never been to a game between the Bhoys and Rangers.

“I’m looking forward to that (Old Firm derby),” the former Liverpool boss told The Telegraph. “I’ve never been to one, even in the times when I was supporting Celtic.

“Because of the Troubles I was never allowed to travel over but I’ve listened to them on the radio and watched them over the years on the telly. I’ve got my uncles and cousins here who have been to plenty of them. It’s a unique atmosphere.”

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

Rodgers will get to experience the Old Firm derby as a manager next season, as Rangers are back in the Scottish top flight.

The Gers won the Scottish Championship title with ease this past season and will feature in the Scottish Premiership during the 2016-17 campaign.

The Old Firm derby is one of the best and most intense in world football, and Rodgers is certainly going to enjoy the occasion.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with the Scottish Premiership trophy after the press conference

Celtic will have the strongest squad in Scotland next season, but Rangers will be determined to give their Old Firm rivals a run for their money.

The Gers, who have already signed former Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton on a free transfer, are likely to make more signings in the summer.

It will be interesting to see how Celtic and Rodgers cope with the pressure that Rangers will put on them during the 2016-17 campaign.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

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