Brendan Rodgers uninterested in Rangers vs Kilmarnock as Celtic boss reveals Sunday plans

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers urges the crowd on
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers urges the crowd on -Credit:SNS Group

Brendan Rodgers insists he won't be tuning into Rangers' clash with Kilmarnock today. Instead, the Celtic boss will be spending some quality family time by the seaside.

Rodgers watched his Hoops side take a major step towards the title by thrashing Hearts 3-0 at Parkhead yesterday as Kyogo's double and a Matt O'Riley penalty moved the champions six points clear of Gers, who are in action at Ibrox this lunchtime.

But the Northern Irishman has no plans to watch the game as he said: "No, I won't be. I'm heading out with my family. I'll be going to the seaside up north and enjoying a bit of time up there. I'll be resting and spending time with the family."

If Rangers drop points, then Celtic could clinch the title against their bitter rivals in next week's Glasgow derby showdown at Parkhead.

Rodgers said: "Some 80 per cent of it now is mental. Physically they are in a really good place. This stage it's all about mentality. Take nothing for granted, keep our composure, we have a lot of work to do in the week, get our plan ready.

"And then next Saturday we can have a bit of fun! I thought we played very well and were aggressive, apart from the first five minutes which I didn't like. But then we settled in, got the ball moving and the place comes alive. I was really pleased.

"These are big games at this time of the season so you want big contributions from your best players - and I thought our top players were great. We looked like a proper team today. The quality of the goals, the composure, the penalty, we had other chances to score. It felt like a great Celtic day.

"I have always said it, the team is an extension of the supporters - and when that concentration is on the football and everyone is focused, you see the power Celtic has. The energy rolled from the stands on to the field and hopefully the fans were happy with that."