Brendan Rodgers has suggested that Celtic came away from their 5-1 victory over Rangers in the final Old Firm game of the season last term feeling slightly underwhelmed as they felt that they should have scored more, the Daily Record reports.
The Hoops undoubtedly dominated the head to head against the Gers last term, as they won five of the six meetings while drawing the other thanks to a Clint Hill equaliser in the dying minutes in Graeme Murty's final game in caretaker charge.
The final meeting between the pair ended the same way as the first, with Celtic claiming a 5-1 victory to leave Pedro Caixinha going into next weekend's fixture looking to pick up his first points against the Bhoys after two unsuccessful attempts.
But Rodgers has suggested that he and the players also came away from the previous meeting not entirely happy with the result despite strolling to an emphatic win.
“At Ibrox, the feeling was we would be under severe pressure from their play and the crowd and there was no way we could go and play like we did in the semi [which Celtic won 2-0 days before the final Old Firm game of the season]," he said, as reported by the Daily Record.
“For the players to handle that side of it and perform like they did, and actually be disappointed we only scored five, made the performance outstanding.”
While many of the Rangers side that featured on that day have now moved on, Caixinha may be considering using Rodgers' comments to motivate his side as they will undoubtedly want to avoid another heavy defeat that leaves Celtic feeling that they could have won by more.
But Rodgers may also be using those comments to inspire his own players as they would be forgiven for being slightly complacent after winning 5-1 twice in a season, so by reminding them that they did not feel that it was a complete performance, they go into the contest with something to prove.