An internal police review of incidents at Celtic Park says there was a”clear connection” between Celtic’s’lap of honour’ and a surge forward from Rangers supporters which iNFLuenced wheelchair users at the away section.
But Rodgers insists it was”not so much a lap of honour” after the Rangers game but gamers acknowledging their lovers in precisely the exact same way they do after every match.
“When I came to Celtic, ” I explained to the players who what was likely to be absolutely crucial for us was the connection between them and the supporters; this synergy is essential if we will succeed,” he explained.
“I made sure that after every match, if we win, lose or draw, we always acknowledge the service, since they journey from up and down Scotland, across from Ireland and all over the world.
‘Our aim is never to antagonise or excite’
“It is something myself and the players’ve consistently done, whether it’s against Rangers or away at Inverness or Ross County, or Livingston or Hamilton.
“I also think it’s unfair to put the duty of away supporters on to Celtic players.
“We show our admiration and respect for the unbelievable service we get. Particularly in a Celtic-Rangers match or provoke any supporters, our aim is never to antagonise, because I as much as anybody – know that’s nature.
“But we will always respect our own supporters and want to acknowledge the unbelievable service we get. Whether we win, lose or draw, that’ll always be true.”
Celtic, who direct their Glasgow rivals by 2 points on peak of the Scottish Premiership, are contemplating whether to deny tickets for the season’s Old Firm meeting at Ibrox on 29 December for safety reasons.
Rodgers is currently planning to become the first director to win seven Scottish decorations since Walter Smith with Rangers.