Rodgers: Celtic will do their talking on the pitch

Scott Sinclair of Celtic is tracked by Michael Doyle of Greenock Morton during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park

After reports that Rangers players cheered drawing Celtic in last weekend's semi-final draw, Rodgers was asked about it by the press.

The Northern Irishman has not lost in eight matches against the Light Blues since he took over at Parkhead in 2016 and has won three out of three in Govan. "I am really happy here and I am working hard for the team".

Sunderland must be anxious about losing players in the summer window with a drop down to League One looking more likely than not right now.

"We are a group who like to do our talking on the pitch so that is something that we will continue to do". We played a practice game this week and he looked very, very strong in it.

The former Scotland global has made eight appearances in all competitions since making the move to the Ibrox Stadium, keeping three clean sheets and his experience and know-how will come in handy as they look to close the gap between themselves and the reigning Scottish champions.

"Rangers need to win the game and that's the difference, there is a different psychology going into it, in relation to that".

Going into Sunday's clash, Rangers find themselves as Celtic's nearest title challengers with just six points separating the two sides at the top of the league table, although the Hoops have played one game less than their arch-rivals.

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"We will do what we have always done, which is to respect the other team that we play, no matter who it is".

Celtic right-back Mikael Lustig is suspended but defender Dedryck Boyata and midfielder Stuart Armstrong return from injury.

"Jamie will be the same, we will give them both the maximum time possible to see how comfortable they are feeling and make our selection from there".

Their enforced absence allowed Celtic to dominate on a scale not seen since the late 1960s and early 1970s when Jock Stein's side swept all before them at home and scaled the summit of the European club game as well.

"He has been training for a few weeks but has been unfortunate that he hasn't been able to get into any of the games".

He added: "We don't want to change anything before a big game".

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