Dedryck Boyata comments on Old Firm and ex-Rangers man Vladimir Weiss

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Dedryck Boyata admits he doesn't know that much about Celtic - Rangers games ahead of Sunday's clash in the Scottish Cup.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has admitted to The Daily Record that he doesn't know a whole lot about Old Firm games ahead of the Scottish Cup semi-final with Rangers, noting his only experience of them is watching old team-mate Vladimir Weiss in them.

Hampden Park plays host next Sunday as both Glasgow giants square off in an eagerly-anticipated grudge match which will see one of them progress into the final.

Given Rangers' demotion in 2012, it will be only the second time that the bitter rivals have faced one another in four years - Celtic won the last one, a League Cup semi-final last February - and the Belgian, a summer signing from Manchester City, admits that he does not know exactly what the fixture is all about.

Boyata progressed through the ranks at Eastlands along with former Rangers winger Vladimír Weiss, and the 25-year-old concedes that his experience of the Old Firm is simply limited to watching his old City flatmate compete in them.

“I have never actually felt this rivalry between Rangers and Celtic before," he told The Daily Record. “I don’t know that much about the derby. But I have seen the games on TV.

“I remember watching Vladimir play in the matches against Celtic and he also sat in the stand with the Rangers fans when he wasn’t in the squad. I know a bit about the game but not that much.

“I haven’t spoken to Vladimir for a bit now. But I know he will be supporting Rangers – we’re not going to be on the same side."

 

Although Boyata cannot know what the game is all about, admitting it seven days before the event is perhaps another matter altogether. 

 

The majority of pressure is arguably on Celtic, given they are expected to win, and it may not reassure fans to see an ever-present defender this season make such an admission.

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