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HISTORY BHOY RODGERS

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HISTORY BHOY Brendan Rodgers is already in the Celtic record books after leading the team to unprecedented back-to-back trebles.

The Irishman is also in the club’s folklore after the Invincibles season where had 43 wins and four draws in 47 domestic games. The side also hit 106 Premiership goals while the average attendance at Parkhead was 55, 882.

Rodgers is on the brink of another remarkable achievement when he takes his side across Glasgow today. He is aiming to make it five successive wins at Ibrox, a feat the Hoops last managed more than a CENTURY ago in season 1908/09. So far the former Liverpool boss has seen his players triumph 2-1. 5-1, 2-0 and 3-2 at the home of their fiercest rivals..

Steven Gerrard is the fourth Gers boss he has faced following Mark Warburton, Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty.

By comparison, Jock Stein only met the challenge of four Govan gaffers in his entire THIRTEEN years in charge at Parkhead.

The club legend squared up to Scot Symon, Davie White, Willie Waddell and Jock Wallace.

Rodgers made his Old Firm debut against Warburton in a Premiership clash in the east end of Glasgow in September 2016 and triumphed 5-1 with Moussa Dembele, also appearing in the fixture for the first time, netting a hat-trick.

Another strike from the French powerhouse gave the Hoops a 1-0 League Cup semi-final win the following month and after a 2-1 victory at Ibrox on Hogmanay the Englishman was heading for the exit.

Murty took over in a caretaker capacity and helped his team to a 1-1 draw at Parkhead in March 2017, but Portuguese coach Caixinha was in place when the Gers went down 2-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final a month later.

Six days afterwards, the Portuguese coach watched in horror as his team were thrashed 5-1 in Govan and following a 2-0 loss at the same venue in September, he, too, was handed his P45.

Murty was brought in again and halted Rodgers’ progress once more with a goalless draw at Parkhead in December last year.

It unravelled for the former Scotland international when the champions notched three successive victories in two months, scoring 12 goals in the process.

Rodgers beat Murty at the third time of asking with a 3-2 victory in Govan in April when his side, with Jozo Simunovic red-carded with over half-an-hour still to play, claimed the points with a winner from substitute Odsonne Edouard.

The following month, the holders stormed to a 4-0 success in the Scottish Cup semi-final and a fortnight later claimed their seventh successive title with an overwhelming 5-0 home triumph.

And Rodgers continued the sequence in September when a goal from Olivier Ntcham gave his side a 1-0 triumph in his first managerial meeting with his former Liverpool captain Gerrard.

Stein faced Symon for the first time in September 1965 and lost 2-1 at Ibrox. Two years later, the veteran Gers boss was sacked and 34-year-old rookie Davie White, four years younger than Gerrard, saw a last-minute goal from Kai Johansen give his team a 2-2 draw on January 2 1968 at Parkhead.

Two years and one day later, Waddell, who had taken over from the axed White, guided his side to a goalless stalemate at the same venue.

In September 13, 1972, it was the battle of the Big Jocks when Wallace was in at the helm and Stein was the victor in a 3-1 win at Hampden, the league game switched with work being done at Parkhead.

Overall, Stein enjoyed 26 successes in Glasgow derbies.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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