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Friday Round-Up: The Thoughts of Brendan Rodgers

Celtic v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

THE BIG STORY: Ahead of tomorrow's game against Rangers - we'll have a preview up on the site later on - Brendan Rodgers held a press conference, and he made some intriguing comments. Firstly he suggested, quite rightly, that Andy Halliday should have been sent-off for his challenge on Patrick Roberts last Sunday. He then talked about Scott Brown - the press conference was held before Brown's successful appeal - and praised him as 'the most influential player in Scotland', which could very well be true. In injury news, he revealed that contrary to reports, Moussa Dembele is not yet ruled out of next month's Scottish Cup Final.

OTHER NEWS: As surely everybody knows by now, Scott Brown won his appeal against his red card that he received against Ross County. He still received a yellow card though, and will be suspended for next Saturday's game at home vs St Johnstone and the following week's Friday night cup final rehearsal up at Pittodrie.

Celtic are amongst a host of clubs linked with 19 year old Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo.

ON THIS DAY: In 2002, a very young Celtic side demolished Hearts 4-1 at Tynecastle. A Simon Lynch brace in the first half and a Shaun Maloney brace in the second half getting the Celtic goals. Interestingly, Celtic were awarded a penalty in the last minute, and Maloney and Lynch fought over who would take it. Maloney 'won' the argument, but missed the penalty. A lesson for us all.