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Rodgers on Celtic ‘arrogance’, cup final and Scotland contingent

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has been facing the media ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup final against Rangers at Hampden.

Here are the key points:

  • Insists there will be no “arrogance” about Celtic going into this game, despite his side’s dominance in Old Firm derbies this term.

  • Adamant he’d prepare the same way for the game whether it was Rangers or Raith Rovers waiting at Hampden.

  • Expresses his delight that James Forrest has been recalled by Scotland, in addition to the expected inclusions of full-backs Greg Taylor and Anthony Ralston, as well as captain Callum McGregor.

  • Adds he never doubted Forrest’s ‘”talent” but because the winger had become peripheral due to the arrival of Jota, Liel Abada and Daizen Maeda, he had to fight his way back from the fringes.

  • Also compliments Ralston, who hopes to join Forrest on the plane to the Euros when the final Scotland squad is named. Rodgers says the right-back will “feature more for me next season” and has never let Celtic or Scotland down.

  • Keen to talk up on-loan striker Adam Idah who has “elevated the team’s game” and “elevated Kyogo’s game”. The Celtic manager feels the Republic of Ireland international has “been a real catalyst” for the side’s recent upturn in form since his arrival in January.

  • Celtic are at full strength for the final. Stephen Welsh injured his shoulder against St Mirren last week, but has trained the last few days.

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