Ian Wright says despite Celtic connections, he feels for Rangers

Ian Wright says he was impressed with the 'amazing' match between Rangers and Celtic.

Former striker Ian Wright has told BBC 5 Live 606 that he was thrilled to see Rangers back challenging Celtic, even with the Light Blues knocking his former side out of the Scottish Cup.

Rangers won an exciting game on penalties after drawing 2-2 in extra time, qualifying for the final.

Wright said he was pleased to see Rangers rediscover their former selves, having clinched promotion back to the Scottish Premiership a fortnight earlier.

He said: "It was unbelievable. I missed Rangers in the league, missed them being up there, it brought it all back, why they need each other so much. It was amazing, it was brilliant.

"It's really strange, despite my Celtic allegiance, the game was good, had some good goals, but I do feel something for Rangers, simply because they've been out of it for so long."

Wright played for Celtic in 1999 at the end of his career, joining the club under John Barnes' ill fated spell as manager.

The pundit added that he found the games with Rangers too intense for his liking, commenting: "The Old Firm games, I didn't like it, too intense for me, I would not liked to have to take a penalty in that game.

"I wouldn't want to do it, I wouldn't shy away, I wouldn't say no, but I wouldn't like it. It's so intense, so much pressure."

Celtic's loss to Rangers came down to spot kicks, with even captain Scott Brown missing a penalty in the dramatic shootout at Hampden Park.

The match was a taster of the rivalry which is set to resume next year, and Rangers have given Celtic a shot across the bows that they cannot afford to ignore.

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