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Ex-Celtic man does not fear Rangers backlash at Ibrox

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Hamilton face Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox next month.

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Hamilton defender Massimo Donati has insisted via The Scottish Sun that he is unperturbed about the prospect of visiting Rangers at Ibrox next month.

The Scottish Premiership season kicks off on August 6 as Rangers host Hamilton in the Gers' first top-flight game for four years.

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Rangers fans will already be in a lively mood after being starved of top-level football since 2012, but they are unlikely to forget about the 35-year-old defender.

Donati spent two years at Celtic and has previously represented the Hoops at Ibrox, but the veteran centre-back has insisted that he does not fear a hostile reception from the Rangers supporters.

Celtic's Massimo Donati argues with Gennaro Gattuso -  AC Milan

“In my career I’ve played over 500 games so going to play against Rangers won’t be a problem for me," he told The Scottish Sun.

“I’ve played at Ibrox before and it wasn’t a good experience for me, a 3-0 defeat.

“But that was almost ten years ago and it’s a completely different situation for me now. The past is in the past and it will be nice to play in that sort of atmosphere again."

Those on the blue half of the Old Firm divide will be hoping that beating Hamilton is the first step toward the Premiership title.

Manager Mark Warburton has signed nine players this summer - nine very good players, at that, including Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar - and the consensus is that Rangers should be able to challenge at the very least.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton (R) and Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs

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