Saturday 23 February 2019

Rodgers plays down Parkhead Cup fears

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. Photo credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Brendan Rodgers insists both Celtic Park and his players are ready for the Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Morton today as the Championship club expressed safety concerns about the tie.

As snow and ice gripped the country, the Premiership leaders' home game against Dundee on Wednesday night was called off, with the fixture rescheduled for April 4.

The Hoops players were given individual training programmes for Thursday before they met up and trained on the snow-free Parkhead pitch yesterday.

While Morton chief executive Warren Hawke implored the Scottish FA to make spectator safety of paramount importance when making their decision on whether to give the game the green light, Rodgers insists his players are prepared and Celtic Park and its environs are "safe and secure".

The Northern Irishman said: "With the game called off on Wednesday, it was virtually impossible for us to train yesterday. But today we trained well and we are ready for the game.

"The pitch is fine, it is playable for the game and there has been lot of work gone on around the stadium to make it safe and secure for the supporters.

"We have played a lot of games so we have had a bit of a breather for a few days and it won't do us any harm.

"We gave the guys a programme to do on Thursday and we trained today. We have only really missed out on one day's preparation."

Rodgers made the journey to Cappielow on Tuesday night to see Morton lose 1-0 to Livingston in a Championship fixture.

The former Swansea and Liverpool boss said: "Certainly what they have is a very experienced coach in Jim Duffy, who sets them up very well."

Celtic remain on track for back-to-back domestic trebles.

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