The Celtic manager revealed that he doesn’t see Rangers as genuine title contenders ahead of Saturday’s Old Firm derby at Parkhead.

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

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is unconvinced in regards to Old Firm rivals Rangers as title contenders, according to the print edition of the Sunday Mail. 

The Hoops will lock horns with their Glasgow rivals at Celtic Park on Saturday (12pm kick-off) for the first Scottish top-flight match between the sides in over four years. 

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the match

Rangers did beat Celtic on penalties in the Scottish Cup final earlier in the year and have since earned promotion to the Scottish top flight for the first time following the club’s liquidation and corporate revival in 2012. 

However, Rodgers admits that he still considers the likes of Aberdeen and Hearts as more of a threat to the Hoops’ than their fierce city rivals.

Celtic huddle up before the game

The Hoops currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership with three wins from three while Rangers are just a point behind them having played a game more. 

Understandably, Saturday’s derby match is being billed as an early season title decider as a win for Celtic would put them four points clear with a game in hand though should Rangers achieve victory then they could be the team at the top of the table come the end of the week. 

With Celtic eyeing a sixth consecutive title, Rangers have a difficult task in stopping them and Saturday’s result will surely have some influence on who will be lifting the title come May. 

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