Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle believes Rangers versus Celtic is up there with the world’s biggest derbies, he said on the Fletch and Sav show.
The popular pundit was quizzed on the world’s biggest derbies and after admitting how the North London derby was the one he was mainly involved in, he looked no further than the Old Firm duo.
“I’ve never experienced the Rangers-Celtic [derby]. Obviously Tottenham and Arsenal was the big one for us but Celtic-Rangers looks to me from afar up there,” Hoddle explained.
“I’ve never experienced that and I think I’d like to do it.”
The Glasgow-based duo are undoubtedly among the most passionately-supported clubs in the world and the rivalry between the two clubs often boils off the field too.
Celtic and Rangers have dominated Scottish football, having won over 100 league championships combined as well as 69 Scottish Cups and 42 Scottish League Cups.
The games are often close-affairs, with Rangers ultimately edging the head-to-head battle with 159 wins to Celtic’s 145 while 96 encounters have ended in draws.
The two great rivals haven’t played each other in a league match since 2012 following Rangers’ punishment for financial irregularities and subsequent demotion to the fourth tier.
But with Mark Waburton’s men back on the rise and promotion to the top-flight a very realistic target this season, the derby is set to be reignited next season and Celtic’s current reign properly challenged.
The Hoops have won the last four Scottish Premiership titles at a canter and the return of Rangers to challenge will be welcomed by most with Scottish football in general likely to benefit.