Celtic hammered their Glasgow opponents Five-1 on two of the 5 events they notched victory last time period.
The perfect the Ibrox facet may just muster used to be a 1-1 league draw at Parkhead, dropping the opposite 3 Premiership outings and crashing out of each cups because the Hoops swept in opposition to an Invincible treble.
Kenny Miller admitted he used to be embarrassed after the Five-1 league defeat at Ibrox in April.
And even though Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has rung the adjustments this summer season, Rodgers believes fresh unhealthy reminiscences of taking over Celtic will still be troubling his opponents.
The Hoops supervisor mentioned: “It’s a brand new crew. In equity to Pedro, for no matter reason why he’s now not favored what he’s observed within the staff.
“He’s long gone out and been sponsored truly neatly by means of the board to usher in avid gamers of substance and high quality.
“So there’s numerous trade, however there’ll still be scars there. There’s no query about that.” Asked if previous effects impact a participant’s psychology, Rodgers claimed these days’s warring parties would now not be human in the event that they didn’t have flashbacks to last season.
He added: “If you’ve played six games and beaten an opponent five times and drawn one and been really convincing in a number of those games then it’s hard not to feel something. It’s only natural. Players are only human. In that type of scenario after the third or fourth game there’s a feeling.”
Caixinha is beneath force to be able to halt Celtic having been broadly criticised for following up a Scottish Cup semi-final defeat last April with a good worse appearing in an Ibrox league recreation the similar month.
But Rodgers admires Caixinha for seeking to make Rangers higher by means of doing issues his manner moderately than trade his soccer ideas.
The Northern Irishman mentioned: “What is beautiful transparent is that he’s going together with his imaginative and prescient, and that’s all you’ll be able to ever do as a trainer or a supervisor.
“They have just right avid gamers – Graham Dorrans in midfield, Ryan Jack’s were given revel in of the league. The younger boy up entrance appears lively. He looks as if he can get a function within the field.
“Then you’ve still were given one or two different avid gamers starting to to find their toes, boys like Josh Windass.”
Last season Rangers have been the noisy neighbours – speaking about going for the membership’s 55th league identify and advertising and marketing the dream.
But Celtic completed 39 issues forward of them and Rodgers senses the build-up to this season’s Ibrox problem has been significantly extra low-key.
He added: “Whatever the noise comes out, that’s up to them. Our focus has purely been on Celtic.”
Skipper Scott Brown will likely be on the center of the whole thing Celtic do these days – and Rodgers insists he couldn’t have a greater chief.
He added: “Any giant recreation, he’s able for it. He’s proven that over his profession and in my time right here. He has grabbed video games by means of the scruff of the neck – and that’s what giant avid gamers do.
“For years he’s been mentioned as a participant who growls and snaps however there’s his stage of ownership, how he is taking the ball and makes passes – he’s tactically superb. He’s top-class.”