Barry Ferguson discusses how important David Weir will be when Rangers face Celtic

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Barry Ferguson believes David Weir will be 'crucial' when Rangers take on Celtic.

Clyde boss and Rangers hero Barry Ferguson has told the Daily Mail that he thinks assistant manager David Weir will be 'crucial' when the Gers face Celtic next month.

Rangers beat Dundee 4-0 on Saturday afternoon to book a place in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, and Sunday's draw handed them a huge tie against fierce rivals Celtic.

The 'Old Firm Derby' has taken place just once since the summer of 2012, when Rangers suffered administration and liquidation, with Celtic winning 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup last season.

The two sides will meet at Hampden Park next month with a place in the Scottish Cup final up for grabs, but fans will be just as focused on the bragging rights on offer by winning one of the world's biggest rivalries.

It's a game known to cause tempers to flare, and one man who knows all about playing in the volatile Old Firm derby is former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson.

Ferguson, who currently manages Clyde, has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Rangers assistant manager David Weir will prove to be vital for Mark Warburton and his side.

Ferguson noted that Weir's experience of playing in Old Firm derbies will help the Rangers squad - especially the English players with no Old Firm experience like Wes Foderingham, James Tavernier and Dominic Ball - and noted that whilst Weir is 'placid', he does get fired up for big games.

"You meet big Davie and he’s so placid," said Ferguson. "But, listen, behind the walls of that dressing room, Davie is not as placid as you think. I think Davie will be crucial, 100 per cent, because he has played in enough of these fixtures, he’s captained the club. I’ve no doubt he will be crucial. I do remember him getting fired up. It took a bit to get him that way but, aye, when he got there … it was a bit scary!" he added.

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