Man Utd hero warns Rangers’ Amad Diallo of ‘hatred and nastiness’ of Celtic rivalry but provides key derby debut advice


Manchester United legend Paddy Crerand has warned Rangers’ loanee Amad Diallo to be wary of the “hatred and nastiness” of the Old Firm derby – but urged him to take his chance against Celtic.

Crerand knows all about the famous rivalry having played for the Hoops for five years before heading to Old Trafford.

Diallo, meanwhile, has not yet experienced the derby having joined Gers on loan from the Red Devils recently.

The attacker started, and scored, in his side’s 3-3 draw with Ross County last weekend and Crerand was proud to see him doing the business so quickly.

But the 82-year-old has told the Ivorian that the derby in front of a packed out Parkhead is a different kettle of fish – and he’ll have to be ready.

Speaking to Man Utd’s official website, Crerand said: “It’s a great opportunity for him, this.

“The pressure of a Celtic v Rangers match is incredible. There is nothing like it anywhere.

“You don’t know what it means unless you’re living in Glasgow. It’s bigger than Man City v Man United and maybe even Liverpool and Manchester United.

“The hatred between the fans isn’t nice. It’s got a nastiness to it sometimes, but as a player, it’s great to play in those games. The atmosphere in the stadium is just fantastic.

“If the ground could fit 100,000 people, 100,000 would be there. The clamour for tickets is incredible.

“I watched Amad’s first game at the weekend as it was on television and he certainly started off well. He’ll soon understand what this game means to the people of Glasgow and being part of that experience will be a great lesson.

“The whole move should be a good one for him as he’ll experience the pressure of a title race.”



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