Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers 'got under' Philippe Clement skin as Rangers manager 'feeling pressure'

Philippe Clement's response to Brendan Rodgers shows he has allowed his rival to get under his skin, according to Chris Sutton.

The Rangers boss hit back at his Celtic counterpart after he claimed he and his side would be having "a bit of fun" at next weekend's Old Firm derby. The Hoops can all but secure the title with a win as three points would put them six points clear at the top with just two games to play.

Clement was not happy and, speaking after today's win over Kilmarnock, blasted back. He accused the Northern Irishman of showing disrespect towards his team and adding a "we'll see" threat ahead of the potential title decider. Sutton reckons the Belgian is letting the pressure, and Rodgers, get to him.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "Brendan has got under his skin.

"When he first came in he was always calm and composed but he is feeling the pressure.

"I don't know why Brendan has said it. It would have been tongue in cheek, but it is better to do your talking at the end of the season."

Kris Boyd weighed in and added: "When Brendan Rodgers came up at first it would never have came out of his mouth either but you just kind of get the feeling he has tried to win over the Celtic fans and appease them.

"A lot weren't happy with him coming back at first and some of the things he has said right from the beginning.

"But let the fun begin."

Rodgers comments came after victory over Hearts yesterday. He said: : “I said before the first six months were a challenge for everyone and everything. But now you start to see a bit more of what a Celtic team of mine should look like.

“And still with a lot of work to do to get it to that point. But it’s certainly heading in the right direction.

“Eighty per cent of it now is mental. Physically they are in a really good place.This stage it’s all about mentality. You can see mentally we are in a really good place.

“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.”

Clement responded today: "That is something I would never say about an opponent. We will see. It's not really respectful to my team so I will never say anything like that about an opponent."