Rangers boss Mark Warburton comments on Celtic fans

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Rangers boss Mark Warburton admits that he enjoys the banter with his team's Scottish Premiership counterparts.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton has told the Daily Record that he has had no problem with Celtic supporters since he arriving in Glasgow last summer, noting that they are "genuine fans".

The London-born manager swapped the English capital for Glasgow last summer following a two-year stint with Brentford.

It has gone well for the 53-year-old, who is on the brink of guiding Gers into the Scottish Premiership for the first time since they were demoted to the fourth tier in 2012.

Such is the animosity between Celtic and Rangers, Warburton might have been forgiven for believing that supporters affiliated with the Bhoys might have harboured hostility for him.

However, Warburton insists that could not be further from the truth, admitting that he enjoys the banter he occasionally has with the Hoops' fanbase.

"The Celtic fans have been great too – all the cab drivers seem to be Celtic fans," he said to The Daily Record.

“They give a bit of abuse and banter but it’s fun and they are genuine fans. I’ve not had a problem and I’ve actually enjoyed it. It just shows you the passion of the fans, which is a different level to down south.”

 

Warburton's men will face Celtic on April 17 for what promises to be the biggest game of both teams' seasons - a Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

 

On that day, there will be no banter to be had between the parties as both sides contest the second Old Firm meeting in four years.

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