THE BIG STORY: Brendan Rodgers spoke to the media after last night’s 4-0 Betfred Cup quarter-final victory against Dundee, admitting that Celtic ‘took a rest’ during the second half, but he was comfortable with that as Celtic were retaining possession at the time. The manager also spoke about Celtic’s squad strength, saying that all the players ‘are contributing very well’.
James Forrest’s excellent season continued with two goals and the Celtic boss was impressed, lauding his goals and performance over all. Rodgers was also happy to have Dedryck Boyata back in the side after three months out.
Of course attention now turns to Saturday’s visit to Ibrox, with Brendan confirming that Moussa Dembele, who was rested last night, is fit and available for selection but there is a doubt over Jozo Simunovic, who has a ‘swelling on his knee’, but Celtic are confident that he will be available.
OTHER NEWS: Celtic released the club’s annual accounts up until June the 30th, with the good news that pre-tax profits are £6.9 million, with chairman Ian Bankier underlining how important Champions League football is to the club. You can read the entire chairman’s statement here.
ON THIS DAY: In 1996, Celtic’s ‘three amigos’ ran riot as Celtic defeated Dunfermline 5-1 at Celtic Park, with both Paolo Di Canio and Pierre Van Hooijdonk helping themselves to a brace apeace, with Jorge Cadete scoring the other goal.