Martyn Waghorn has been sharing his thoughts on the Old Firm derby, in an interview with Roker Report.
The current Derby County forward spent two seasons at Rangers between 2015 and 2017.
He produced good returns too, scoring 27 league goals over that period.
It gave him several opportunities to sample the Old Firm and all that comes with it.
However, it’s not the only major derby he’s experienced. Waghorn began his career at Sunderland, where the rivalry with neighbouring Newcastle is also fierce.
“The intensity in both games is massive, without a doubt”, Waghorn told Roker Report when asked to compare the two fixtures.
“I can see the similarities between the cities and it’s “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.”
It seems as though the Old Firm made quite an impression on Waghorn.
He’s shown impressive form under Frank Lampard at Derby this season, with his current club in the hunt for a Championship play-off spot.