There is a school of thought that Celtic would rather trip up at Easter Road in order to delay the title winning pleasure.

With Rangers next in line after Neil Lennon’s Hibs side any failure to take all three points could potentially create the scenario where Celtic can formally wrap up their seventh successive title against Rangers at Celtic Park.

Social media chat has revealed an appreciation of that very situation unfolding but it is not something that Rodgers subscribes to.

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“Well, I’m a Celtic fan but I don’t want to wait,” he said. And wait will prove to be little more than a stay of execution. But in any case, Rodgers is determined to take all three points from Lennon’s side, a feat that is unlikely to be a given. The Easter Road side came back from two goals down to take a point - and almost took three with the last kick of the ball - while Lennon’s side also drew with Celtic in Glasgow. Furthermore, the tantalising prospect of finishing second in the table following the implosion at Ibrox will be a further incentive for Hibs to go for the jugular against Celtic.

“I want to win it on Saturday,” said Rodgers. “If we can do it, great. It will be a tough game for us, probably the most difficult place we could go to win it but if it doesn’t happen it is ok.

“We go to the next game and if not the next game. The most important thing is to win and we want to win it as soon as we can.”

Regardless of what happens this weekend, Rodgers has warned that there will be no let up from the Parkhead side between now and the end of the season. With a Cup final date against Motherwell awaiting, Rodgers will look to his side to see out the remaining five league games with that season finale in mind. This week the players were given Monday and Tuesday off following their display at Hampden and it is expected that while there might be a little bit of down time, Rodgers will dismiss any notion that the feet will be up as soon as the title is delivered.

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“We still need to work,” he said. “There’s a balance. Obviously we’ve got some time to the next weekend but either way we can’t just stick the sombrero on.

“There are hard games leading in to the Cup Final, which is way down the road. They’ll get a few days but will be ready for the next game.”

Meanwhile, Rodgers has also maintained that he would ideally like to tie down Leigh Griffiths on a long-term deal.

The striker has spoken of his wish to emulate Celtic captain Scott Brown and effectively see out his career at the club, with Rodgers maintaining that he doesn’t wish to lose the forward.

“I’d love to have him here and tie him down,” he said. “Talks are ongoing with his representatives and he’s a player we want to keep.”

Griffiths is one of those who may actually go with Scotland at the end of the season for the friendly games against Mexico and Peru.

Rodgers was tight-lipped about the dialogue that has taken place between himself and Scotland manager Alex McLeish regarding the end of season fixtures, but there is an assumption that there will be an agreement not to overuse some of the Celtic players who will then be involved in early Champions League qualifiers for the Parkhead side.

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Having had a staccato season with injury Griffiths might fancy getting more game time under his belt but certainly the majority of the Celtic players will be granted time off.

“I spoke to Alex,” said Rodgers. “Some of them might go, definitely not all of them. There’s good dialogue though, but my job is to protect Celtic and the players.

“But I know every case if different, it depends.”

The issue for any Celtic player who goes away is the sheer volume of games that will be played next season. With the qualifiers kicking off in second week of July, the Parkhead side will bank around 60 games over the course of the campaign as they look to compete on a two-pronged European and domestic front. Aside from the kudos and prestige that comes with competing in the UEFA Champions League there is also a significant financial aspect that comes with it. Figures this week revealed that Celtic banked just shy of £28m from the tournament, an eye-watering amount compared to the revenue that is generated in a domestic context. The bar will be elevated further this summer with Celtic required to negotiate four qualification rounds before securing an invitation to the group stages. It is a worry for Rodgers that will be addressed once the immediate domestic concerns have been sorted.

“When I came here it was to try to bring as much success on and off the pitch,” he said. “If we are qualifying then it gives the club the opportunity to earn the money.

“We’ve got to keep pushing.

“It does get harder each year but I won’t lose any sleep over it. We will give it our best shot.

“The last couple of campaigns we’ve come through it. Hopefully we’ll get the league sorted out and worry about that later.”