Former Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn has talked about the “hatred” generated by matches between his old club and Celtic.
Waghorn left Ibrox for Ipswich Town in August 2017, and is currently playing for Derby County in the English Championship.
The 29-year-old Englishman scored 44 goals in 78 appearances for Rangers and the intensity that surrounds derby matches clearly an impression.
Waghorn began his career at Sunderland, and their Roker Report fan site asked him how Sunderland v Newcastle compares to Rangers v Celtic. Waghorn said: “The intensity in both games is massive, without a doubt. I can see the similarities between the cities and its ‘all or nothing’ sort of outcome. The actual games themselves are really intense.
“The build-up to the Wear-Tyne derby is massive. You hear about it for a few weeks beforehand, but the big difference with Rangers-Celtic and the Old Firm is how long the result and the build up lingers for – it’s months and months. It’s pure hatred.
“In Glasgow it goes on for weeks on end. It’s built up in the papers for weeks, the fans start turning up to the training ground weeks before and talk about it, you had people coming up to you in the street – I mean, you had people even coming to your door. There’s nothing like it. It’s sheer pure and genuine hatred.
“I know rivalries are rivalries and people are going to dislike each other on game day, but I can’t even put into words the feeling of the intensity that game generates in the ten or so day leading up to. It’s just sheer rivalry and actually hatred for each other.”
The two sides meet at Celtic Park this Sunday, with 10 points separating them at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
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